Victoria Tunnels
Saturday 20 October 2018 at 3:15pm - 6pm

Victoria Tunnels

Meet outside the Newcastle University Students Union front entrance

Join us for a tour of the Victoria Tunnls and explore a 19th-century wagonway under the city, discover the tales of wartime Newcastle and hear al the ghost stories.

Discover Newcastle as you never knew it existed with a guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel. Roundly considered a masterpiece of Victorian engineering, it’s a great slice of history with some ghouls thrown in for good measure!

During the 1800s labourers transported huge loads of coal beneath the city from Town Moor to the Tyne. Follow in their footsteps and learn what colliery life was like back in the day. You’ll be kitted out with a torch and hardhat and listen to the ghostly tales which fill the passages. 

These channels were also used as a converted air raid shelter during WWII. Step back in time and see the rough wooden replica beds and benches where Newcastle’s citizens sat and slept on during air raids. Imagine the sound of planes passing overhead and hear memories of life in wartime Newcastle. 

 

  • The Tunnel is damp and muddy in places. Please wear suitable, closed-toe shoes. High heels are not advisable!
  • The Tunnel has a constant temperature of 12 degrees C. The walls are limewashed in places. We recommend that you wear a washable, warm jacket.
  • The Tunnel is a dark, confined space (in most places it is six feet 3 inches high by seven feet wide), so we provide hard hats and torches.

Finishes at 18:00