The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century waggonway under Newcastle, stretching from the Town Moor to the Tyne River. It was originally built to transport coal and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The Tunnel was converted in 1939 into an air-raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

We learned how tough life was during World War Two; listened to an air-raid warning and heard some of the memories from a man who lived through the dreadful period in Newcastle’s history. In the tunnel we saw rough wooden replica beds and benches, just like those slept or sat on by frightened citizens during bombing raids.