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“Victoria Tunnel visit” 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 fully 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.
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“Victoria Tunnel visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Lots of information about the Ouseburn area of Newcastle, followed by a great tour of the Victoria Tunnel and its history as a coal tunnel and later as an air raid shelter.
Top marks to the Ouseburn Trust for putting this altogether and for a great delivery from Kerry.
Well worth a visit, plus good bacon butties and coffee at the Ouseburn Farm beforehand!

Visited February 2013
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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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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Jesmond, England, United Kingdom
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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 via mobile

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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