Burrow into Newcastle’s history in the Victoria Tunnel

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Experience the sounds of a wartime air raid and follow your guide underground to discover the tunnel's role as a Victorian colliery waggonway.

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Deep beneath the Newcastle city streets, the Victoria Tunnel runs from the Town Moor down to the Tyne. It was built in 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to riverside staithes (jetties) ready for loading onto ships; playing an important role in the industrial strength of Tyneside during the 19th century.

The tunnel closed in 1860 but remained untouched and in 1939 it was converted into an air-raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II. A recent programme of repairs has been carried out and part of the tunnel is now open for guided tours which include evocative sound and visual effects - listen out for the oncoming coal wagons.

Don’t forget to book your tour in advance, and keep an eye out for the ghost, rumoured to haunt the tunnel.

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