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“Guided Tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Victoria Tunnel

Victoria Tunnel
Arch 6, Stepney Bank | Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP, England
+44 191 261 6596
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Owner description: Newcastle's Hidden Heritage,winner of 2013 NE Tourism Gold Award as Best Small Visitor Attraction. A preserved nineteenth century waggonway dug under the city from The Town Moor 2.5 Miles to the Tyne. Built to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river. At outbreak of WW2 was converted into an air raid shelter to protect up to 9 thousand Newcastle citizens during deadly bombing raids. Follow your guides underground to discover the tunnel's fascinating history. Advance booking is essential - please contact the Ouseburn Trust or visit the website for more information.
Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Guided Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Seven of us went on the guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel on Saturday. It was a fascinating and very enjoyable two hours - all credit to Kerry who led the tour, and Claire who was the back up guide - she was great fun, witty. kowledgeable and obviously very passionate about the whole area. I would highly recommend this as both an educational and fun visit.

Visited January 2013
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“victoria tunnels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

i did a tour of the victoria tunnels on saturday 26th januay and kerry was my tour guide. she was very informative, knowledgeable and more importantly, good crack. i'd have no hesitation recommending the tour to friends and family, especially if kerry is running the show

Visited January 2013
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“Great tour into little known part of Newcastle's past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Tours are carried out by enthusiastic and easy to talk to tour guides who are able to answer any questions. The tunnel acted as an air raid shelter in World War II and the guides on the tour have experience of talking to those with first hand experience. There's a lot of flexilbility in the tours as well, with different length tours being offered. The 2 hour tour starts with a walk along the Ouseburn river bank, giving context to the area and the regeneration it has undergone in recent years. Plenty to do and see in the surrounding area with music venues, a children's book museum, indepedent cinemas/ art galleries and loads of pubs!
Small fee of £4 for 2 hour tour is definetly well worth it.

Visited January 2013
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“Brings Victorian Byker to life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

great tour that gives you an insight into wot it was really like in Byker in the Victorian times and how the tunnel had a huge impact on life in Newcastle from the coal it was built to move to the lives it saved in the war as an air raid shelter.. The tour guides really bring it to life with the knowledge and passion for local history and knack for story telling, wether you're born and bred or just visiting the city you won't be disappointed..

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“A must for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Thanks ouseburn trust for a very interesting visit to the Victoria tunnel.

This really was a fascinating insight into the history of the ouseburn. The guide was funny, passionate and very knowledgeable. She was ready to answer any questions about the tunnel and really brought the history of it to life with her interesting tales about what it would've been like in the past. She mentioned the tours are ran by a team of volunteers, which I must say is fantastic, the effort they put in to maintaining the tunnel and ensuring the history of it is passed on to others is to be applauded.

This really is one of Newcastle's most interesting secrets, I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies seeing something a bit different in Newcastle. It's not your ordinary museum day trip, it really is something special!

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