Victoria Tunnel

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New virtual Victoria Tunnel tours announced

Victoria Tunnel tours and Ouseburn guided walks have been suspended during the coronavirus lockdown however, due to being awarded a grant from Historic England's Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, the award-winning Victoria Tunnel tour is set to return this summer with an innovative online version.

The innovative virtual tours of Victoria Tunnel will enable visitors to experience a video tour, accompanied by a real-life Tour Guide from your own home. Listen to stories about people who worked in the tunnel during the Victorian times and those who found sanctuary underground during World War Two bombings. There will be chance to ask questions too, just like during a physical experience.

Join a virtual tour tailored to different audiences, from family-friendly tours to school experiences as well as locals, curious virtual visitors from outside Newcastle and Gateshead and those who, even before Covid-19, were unable to take part in a Tunnel tour due to additional mobility needs, anxiety or claustrophobia.

Details of how to book a virtual tunnel tour and the dates are still to be announced.

The Victoria Tunnel runs beneath the city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne and is now one of the must-see visitor attractions and heritage guided tours for visitors to NewcastleGateshead and locals alike. The entrance to the historic tunnel can now be found in Ouseburn, beside Hotel Du Vin. Victoria Tunnel was built in 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to riverside staithes (jetties) ready for loading onto ships. In 1939, it was converted into an air-raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II.

Join the expert volunteers at Victoria Tunnel and don a helmet before setting off on a fascinating, underground guided tour. Experience the sounds of a wartime air raid and follow your knowledgeable guides underground to discover the Tunnel's role as a colliery wagonway. Listen out for the oncoming coal wagons!

The Tunnel is open all year round to the public for guided tours which include fantastic sound and visual effects, running regularly throughout the year. See the Victoria Tunnel website at www.ouseburntrust.org.uk for tour times.

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(1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

Telephone: 0191 2304210

clive.goodwin@ouseburntrust.org.uk

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