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Guided visit to Victoria Tunnel

Thu 22nd November 2018
Victoria Tunnel

Victoria Tunnel Tour (organised by Iain Kitt)

Thursday 22 November 2018 : 10.30 – 12.30, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

Cost: £7.00 per head (numbers strictly limited)

To book a place see Linda van Zwanenberg at Chirnside on October 26th 2018 (if there are any tickets left Linda will bring them to the AGM on Tuesday 30th October)Further information overleaf.


Linda van Zwanenberg- Social Secretary


Further information  on tour:

Victoria Tunnel tour - a fascinating visit to one of Newcastle’s hidden gems

Thursday 22 November: 10.30 – 12.30, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

The Victoria Tunnel was built in the 1840s to carry coal under Newcastle city centre. Largely forgotten after it closed in 1860 it was brought into use again and served as an air raid shelter in World War Two. A section of the tunnel is now open for visitors to explore.

This tour lasts two hours and explains why and how the tunnel was built, how it operated and why it closed. It will explore how it was brought back into use as an air raid shelter and gives an insight into what conditions were like underground during the war.

The tunnel is just over 6 feet high and about the same wide. It is brick lined with a concrete floor. The tour goes 700 metres into the tunnel and includes one climb up a steep ramp (which can be missed out). Hard hats and torches are provided. Anyone contemplating a visit should note there are no toilet facilities!

The tour will take place on Thursday 22 November starting at 10.30 at the tunnel entrance on Ouse Street in the Ouseburn Valley. Detailed joining instructions will be e-mailed to all participants beforehand (so please provide an e-mail address). The cost is £7 which goes to the Ouseburn Trust, who manage the tunnel, to help pay for its upkeep.

If you have any questions please e-mail me on However please note that I am away in South America until the middle of November so may not be able to respond quickly to any queries. The tour can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.

You can see some pictures of the tunnel at the Ouseburn Trust website

Iain Kitt
Phoenix Member