Victoria Tunnel is one of Newcastle upon Tyne's engineering marvels, built as a 19th-century underground coal waggonway and re-used as a World War 2 air-raid shelter. Today, it serves as a fantastic visitor experience and educational tool.

At the Ouseburn Trust, we can help you enjoy everything this historical monument has to offer through our public tours as well as through private tour packages. The Victoria Tunnel is a wonderful heritage destination which not only provides a highly informative experience but also a fantastic day out for children and adults alike. 

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Information about school visits 

Information about private group tours

If you have any questions about tunnel accessibility, what to wear, where you can eat, or anything else, check out the 'plan your Victoria Tunnel visit' page.

School visits to the Victoria Tunnel

A visit to the Victoria Tunnel will enhance classroom learning about history topics such as Victorian Britain, Britain during World War Two; and Britain Since 1930, or a local study. The Tunnel also offers a unique context for scientific investigations, design and technology projects as well as an opportunity for children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Best school visit I've ever been on. The children had an incredible time. It was a brilliant, educational day. We will definitely be back next year

Our two-hour workshops are based in the historic Ouseburn Valley, just to the east of Newcastle city centre. We can give up to 36 children at a time a truly memorable learning experience:

  • 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.
  • A one-hour classroom activity - For the World War 2 theme we offer an opportunity to handle original and replica artefacts that may have been lost and found in the Tunnel during World War 2, our reminiscence volunteer talks about his own experience sheltering in the Tunnel as a child and offers a Question and Answer session. Alternatively the Victorian theme workshop gives children an insight into the building of the Victoria Tunnel and into the way life was different for our Victorian ancestors. 

We can adapt both activities to focus on World War 2, Victorian History, Industrial Revolution—just tell us what you are studying!  Workshops are hosted by experienced guides and a veteran of World War 2.  

We had a brilliant time and the children absolutely loved it! We feel privileged that we got to have such a fantastic experience with people who were immersed in WW2! We will definitely recommend this experience to other schools.

Arranging a school visit 

  • We can accommodate school parties of up to 36 children and accompanying adults
    • School parties are split into two groups, as no more than 18 children can be accommodated into the Tunnel at a time
  • There need to be at least two adults inside the Tunnel with each group
  • Visits cost £4 per child 

Click here to access a printable sheet of key school visit information

Click here to access a printable sheet of the Victoria Tunnel hazard assessment

You may wish to combine your school's visit to the Ouseburn Valley (saving transport costs) with a visit to Seven Stories (National Centre for children's books), Stepney Bank Riding Stables, Northern Print or the Ouseburn Farm. We will be pleased to give you more information about these activities when you make your booking. We'll also need to know: 

  • Year group
  • Number of children in the group
  • Potential visit times and dates
  • How much time you have for the visit (please bear in mind that groups of more than 18 children will need to split into two tunnel visits)
  • Study topic
  • Any special access requirements

Get in touch to arrange your school visit

Private group visits to the Victoria Tunnel

Private group visits to the tunnel are enjoyed by a wide range of visitors: local history groups, WIs, work teams, walking groups, scouts, birthday outings, reunions, cruise travellers, language schools, underground specialists, conference visitors, railway enthusiasts and so many more!

Groups tours can be arranged to suit your needs. Typically, we can host up to 15 people for a one and a quarter hour (£10 per adult, £4 per child) or two-hour (£12 per adult, £4 per child) tour. For those who'd like to make a real event of visiting the Ouseburn, we can pair Victoria Tunnel tours with our Ouseburn guided walking tour and many of our local cafes and bars provide special offers to dine out for visitors to the Tunnel.

We require at least two weeks notice to book your private visit.

Get in touch to arrange a private tour