Victoria Tunnel

Tunnel in Newcastle upon Tyne

Victoria Tunnel
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The Victoria Tunnel is a underground tunnel under Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It runs for 2.5 miles from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne. It was built between 1839 and 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery in Spital Tongues to riverside ready for loading onto boats for export. Loaded wagons descended the incline of the tunnel under their own weight, and were rope-hauled back to the colliery by a stationary engine.

In 1860 the colliery closed and the tunnel was abandoned until it was used as an air-raid shelter during WWII.

Volunteer-led, two-hour tours take you through an atmospheric 700m-long level section of the tunnel.

The Victoria Tunnel appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Newcastle upon Tyne!

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Visiting Victoria Tunnel


Our eight regular two-hour tours are

Mondays at 1.30pm

Wednesdays at 1.30pm

Thursdays at 6.30 pm;

Fridays at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm;

Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm;

Sundays at 1 pm

Shorter one-hour tours at weekends

Saturday at 4pm

Sunday at 11am and 4pm

Address: Victoria Tunnel Tour Meeting Point, 55 Lime St, Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
Duration: 20 minutes

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