Victoria Tunnel
Victoria Tunnel
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Guided tours of the fully preserved 19th century coal waggonway and WW2 air-raid shelter. Pre-booking is essential and tickets can be booked online through our website or by telephone during office hours. Tours every day, check the website for details.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Di
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit to the Victoria Tunnel
    We (myself, my husband & our 13 year old son) had a fantastic tour of the Victoria Tunnel. Our tour guide Kev was great, very informative & knowledgeable of not only the tunnel but the surrounding area. Would highly recommend 😁
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 24, 2023
  • izzy
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded expectations!
    Exceeded expectations! This was a storytelling experience as much as a historical visit. I’m not a big history fan, but history told through stories comes to life. The tour guides, Kev and Peter, were warm and engaging and hilarious. Highly recommended xx
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • JacMich1
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem on our doorstep
    After living in Newcastle all my life, we decided to visit the Victorian Tunnel tour located in Ouse Street. Booking online was very easy. We opted for the 1 hour 15 mins tour, but the chat and tour took a bit longer. Hard hats and torches were provided. The host, Mike, chatted about the area and the tunnel’s use in WW2 as we entered the tunnel and on the way out he chatted about the history behind the tunnel being developed. Very interesting tour. The tunnel is very clean, roomy and airy and there was no stooping or bending required
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Sally K
    London, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating slice of Newcastle history
    A brilliant trip - informative and entertaining led by an excellent guide, Mike. He coped extremely well with a slightly disruptive small element of our group (not us!!) and still managed to emerge with smile. Thoroughly recommend this experience for all ages. A fascinating slice of Newcastle history.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Candice W
    Corby, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    My husband and I visited on a Thursday evening for the 2 hour tour and learnt a lot about Newcastle's history as well as about the tunnel. Andrew was out guide and he was fun and informative without being overbearing. I would maybe say that 2 hours was a little too long but we both really enjoyed it overall.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Michelle H
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victoria tunnel
    Just done the 1hr 15min tour from Ouseburn. Great afternoon, Mike was our tour guy, a real character!! He was really friendly and full of knowledge. Great to see some of Newcastle’s history !!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Andrea C
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Visit
    Would just like to say how much myself and my family enjoyed the tour. Our guide Kay and Mike were very informative about the history, but a lot of humour was added as well. Well worth the money and found out a lot of things I never new about.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Steve B
    Tynemouth, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Satisfying and worthwhile
    Our tour guides, Trish and Mal, were excellent. Enthusiastic and friendly. The tour was fascinating, offering a real insight into lives lived both in WW2 Newcastle and Victorian times, when the tunnel was built to bring coal to the Tyne. Go for it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Secret surprise - Terrific tour ! Impressive…
    Fantastic journey back in time with re-enactments, sound effects and simulations. Superb hosts Mike and Pete provide facts and stories bringing the tunnel and its history to life. Very entertaining and highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Shirls1971
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of the Victoria Tunnel
    Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour tour with Pat and Mal. More knowledgeable about use of the tunnel in WW2 and why it was built for the coal transportation to the river, and general history in this area of Newcastle. Great stories about real people too!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
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Kathryn R
Sheffield, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is an amazing piece of Newcastle's industrial and social history. Our guides Jan and Barry split the walk into two with Jan talking about WW2 on the way into the tunnel and Barry talking about the building of the tunnel in the 19th century on the way out. I am a visitor to the city and found the visit interesting as part of Britain's past, but I think a local person would find learn something about their city's history. Allow time to look at the books and photos in the centre beforehand or afterwards.
Written February 10, 2020
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991louise73
Gateshead, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Just want to say a huge thankyou to Mal and Phil for the fantastic tour they gave us through the tunnels in the summer holidays. I would highly recommend this tour , just as much to local people as visors from elsewhere.
The visit was well organised for COVID safety.
The tour was informative and very entertaining. Phil and Mal made me feel so proud to be a Geordie with their clear passion for our heritage. My son is interested in Engineering as a career and I can safely say Mal and Phil were so inspiring to the future generation. It gave him a chance to think about what great feats are possible with imagination and determination. The tunnel is an absolute marvel and its history as part of the city is genuinely fascinating. So thanks so much for one of the best daytrips in Newcastle I've had in Newcastle, you guys re absolute legends, so funny and knowledgeable, you are wonderful ambassadors for our region. Thanks a million!
Written September 7, 2020
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Thank you for this tremendous review. Mal and Phil thoroughly enjoyed guiding you and your family around our wonderful piece of Victorian and WW2 heritage. They send their best wishes to your son in his future career and are happy that they were able to inspire him.
Written September 21, 2020
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Lesley W
Greater London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The 2 hour walking tour of the Ouseburn area and the Victoria Tunnel was extremely interesting. Diana and Barry were excellent guides, really bringing the tunnel's 2 uses to life - first for the movement of coal in the 1800s, and its later adaptation for use as an air raid shelter in the 2nd world war. They combined detailed knowledge with a light touch, making it an entertaining as well as educational experience that successfully evoked the lives of the people who dug the tunnel, sheltered in it, and in a few sad cases lost their lives in it. Well worth a visit.
Written March 6, 2020
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Chris Lloyd
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My partner and I went on the tour after having lunch at the Biscuit Factory. A point of interest if you show your tickets at the Biscuit Factory Cafe on the day of your visit you can get a discount. We didn't find out until after, hey ho. Our two guides were Donald and Phil. Phil took us round to the Tunnel and gave a lot of information about the Ouseburn area. Donald was the guide into the tunnel and gave the recent history, particularly about its use as an air raid shelter during the war. On the way back Phil gave us the information on the reason for its building and early history. Both were very engaging and had a vast knowledge of the area and the history of the Tunnel. We had no idea what to expect but had a very entertaining and informative two hours, which passed very quickly. Can't praise the two guides Donald and Phil enough, well done them.
Written January 20, 2020
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Brian D
Leeds, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A mixture of experiences, entertainment and history in a most unusual setting.
Our tour was led by Pete and Donald who successfully took us back through the years with a mixture of stories both humorous and sad in a hidden world beneath the streets of Newcastle. Be aware though this is not for anyone who is afraid of the dark or who suffers from claustrophobia.
Written February 26, 2020
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Sean C
Askam in Furness, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great little attraction in Newcastle. Due to restrictions you are limited to a family group and the guide. In a way it's better as it's exclusive. Only myself and my good lady wife. Jeff was our guide for the day. Great stories and information. Funnily it makes you appreciate the buildings and locations above ground so much more. Great for kids of all ages. Safe in all respects.
Check your location for the start and allow time to find it.
Written September 7, 2020
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Mark S
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We can not recommend the tour of The Victoria Tunnel enough, mainly because of the brilliant tour guides, John and Phil, who were extremely knowledgable, entertaining, charismatic and engaging. The history of the tunnel and the stories associated with it are genuinely fascinating. Cannot believe that we have lived in the city for over 30 years and only just got around to visiting. It’s a central part of the history of Newcastle that everyone proud to be part of our amazing city should experience.
Written March 2, 2022
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Trailblazerram
Derby, UK176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We booked the tour for Monday 7th Sept, it was just my wife and I with two guides, Donald and Trev. After well thought out Covid precautions we were issued with torches and hard hats for safety.
Donald did the outward walk and dealt mainly with the use of the tunnel as a WW2 air raid shelter. He was very informative and told many tales as we penetrated further through the tunnel. He did tell us why the tunnel had been built but he left the details of the construction and early history to our return journey with Trev. Both guides were entertaining while sharing their extensive knowledge and the time passed very quickly.
I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in the local history of either the Industrial revolution or WW2 Home Front.
Written September 17, 2020
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amyscotland
Newcastle87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We have just been on today’s tour and loved every minute of it! Dee and Phil were so knowledgable about the history or the tunnel and Newcastle.. we particularly loved the geordie humour that came out and could really tell the guides loved showing people the tunnel and telling the stories.

Definitely recommend this to anyone (adults not young children!) it takes around 2 hours for the full tour amazing value
Written January 8, 2020
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Chris C
London, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a great unusual experience and a must if you are interested in history. The tunnels are not far underground and you are given a torch and a hard helmet, you can walk upright but just need to mind your head in one or two places. We had John and Phil as our guides, one told us about the use in WW2 as an air raid shelter and the other focused on the 19th century history. Both really brought the stories of the tunnel alive with detailed accounts but clever use of sound effects too. I thought I was going to be most interested in the more recent history but actually all the stories they recounted were equally fascinating. Thanks guys for a terrific experience!
Written July 10, 2021
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  • Wed - Wed 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM


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