The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The Tunnel was converted in 1939 into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The Tunnel was converted in 1939 into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2. In 2008 the Victoria Tunnel was carefully repaired and opened for guided tours with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and TyneWear Partnership. Since 2010 the Ouseburn Trust has operated guided tours, with our award winning volunteer guides. ‘Best Team at 2015 North East Museums Awards’. Go on your own journey of discovery to learn how tough life was during WW2, listen for the air-raid warning and the sound of planes passing overhead dropping their bombs and memories of people who lived through the dreadful period in Newcastle’s history. See the rough wooden replica beds and benches, just like those slept or sat on, by frightened citizens during bombing raids. And visit the WW2 crucifix and see if you can identify the people named in the roll of honour. You may also be interested to hear about the sightings of a ghost seen in the Victoria Tunnel by visitors from a Paranormal group!!

Contact and Getting Here

53-55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

0191 261 6596

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Opening times

Seven public two-hour Victoria Tunnel Tours each week throughout the year. See website for details: https://ouseburntrust.org.uk/victoria-tunnel/book-a-tour/

Disabled Access

Short Tunnel Tours last 60 minutes. These tours are partially wheelchair accessible, lighting is available if your group requires it. Standard tours are two hours. This tour is not wheelchair accessible because the confined space of second world war blast walls. There is a steep ramp at the end of this tour and the emergency exit is via a vertical ladder. For your own safety, we cannot allow anyone with mobility difficulties on a full two-hour tour. Private tours for eight people or more can be arranged via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to suit date and time preferred, but we need at least two weeks notice. School and university visits can also be booked via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to suit date and time preferred, but we need at least two weeks notice. Because of the confined nature of the Tunnel, there is a maximum limit of 3 wheelchairs per tour. Unfortunately, there is not enough space for mobility scooters inside the Tunnel. We welcome assistance dogs. But no other animal(s) are permitted in the tunnel.

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