Our curriculum-aligned offer helps children delve deeper into World War Two history. This experience is especially designed for KS1, KS2, and KS3.

What's included

A one hour tour underground

We will kit out you and your class with hard hats and torches and take you for a short walk along the Ouseburn Valley and into the Victoria Tunnel. To explore how to tunnel was used as an air raid shelter and what life was like on the home front. 

A one hour classroom activity

We offer an opportunity to handle original and replica artefacts that may have been lost and found in the Tunnel during World War 2 and discuss the experience of children their age living between 1939 and 1945 during WW2. From evacuations and rationing to air raids and precautions. We talk through the real-life experience of Basil, who remembers sheltering in Victoria Tunnel when he was 10 years old. 

We can adapt activities if you let us know what you’re studying, and what you’d like your students to take away from this experience. 

Accessible visits

Our tunnel is not fully accessible, as there are 5 sets of blast walls from its time as an air raid shelter. This makes it difficult, and often impossible, for wheelchairs to navigate. 

Wheelchair users can still go underground, but only in the first 300 meters before the first blast wall. 

As an alternative offer, we have a film about the tunnel in WW2 which can be watched under or above ground. Please request this at the time of booking.

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