Visitors taking part in a Tunnel Tour event by Ouseburn Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne

Go on your own journey of discovery!

Experience life in a Victorian waggonway, learn how it was constructed and listen out for the wagons full of coal heading for the Tyne. Be brave – listen to the story of William Coulson’s death and be aware as you hear the approaching waggons heading towards you through the tunnel in the pitch-black darkness.

Visitors taking part in a Tunnel Tour event by Ouseburn Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne

What to expect

Learn how tough life was during World War Two; listen for the air-raid warning, the sound of planes passing overhead dropping their bombs, and hear the memories of people who lived through this dreadful period in Newcastle’s history. See the rough wooden replica beds and benches, just like those slept or sat on by frightened citizens during bombing raids. Visit the World War Two crucifix and see if you can identify the people named in the roll of honour. 

During your tour, you’ll also find out which Newcastle landmarks you are walking beneath, including the unique chance to walk underneath Hadrian’s Roman Wall.

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What they say

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.

Michelle

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.

Di

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.

Izzy

Accessibility

Victoria Tunnel has level access throughout but 50 yards into the Tunnel there are a series of World War Two blast walls – it is impossible to take wheelchairs, prams or buggies beyond this point.  We can offer a virtual Victoria Tunnel experience [link] as an alternative way to take a guided tour. 

At the furthest point of the two-hour tour there is a very steep ramp, we recommend that any visitor with difficulty walking takes the opportunity to have a seat at this point for the ten minutes that the Tour spends going up and back down. 

There is a siren at the start of the tour and an audio experience at the end of the tour, please let the guides know at the start of the tour if you are sensitive to noise. 

Sign language interpretation can be provided by arrangement. 

If you would like to discuss your particular access requirements, please call 0191 261 6596 or email hello@ouseburntrust.org.uk