Experience life in a Victorian wagonway; an underground tunnel built in 1842. Running directly underneath Newcastle upon Tyne, it was used to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to the River Tyne, ready for loading onto boats for export. Learn all about how the tunnel was constructed by knowledgeable and friendly guides, but listen out for the sounds of oncoming wagons hurtling towards you in the pitch-black darkness!
Also, don’t forget to keep your ears open for planes and bombs overhead! At the start of World War Two, the tunnel was converted for use as an air-raid shelter to protect thousands of local citizens. Hear the memories of those people who lived through that dreadful period in Newcastle’s history.
Are there other activities on offer in the Tunnel?
An easy walk, with only a slight gradient, there are plenty of stops for information and stories. Walk underneath Hadrian’s wall, but watch out for ghastly ghouls! Victoria Tunnel is famous for its paranormal mysteries and ghost sightings!
Tickets must be booked in advance, either online or via telephone. Children must be over 7 years old. Tours run every day. There are two different tours on offer:
- 75-minute – Introductory tour
- Adults £9 and Children £4
- 2 hours – In-depth tour
- Adults £11 and Children £4