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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of old Seattle
  • Discover Pioneer Square, the Emerald City’s original neighborhood
  • Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that led to its beginnings
  • Compare modern-day Pioneer Square with that of yesteryear
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Disposable masks available for purchase at $1.00 each for guests unable to provide their own mask

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 102 Cherry St, 102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

    Look for the black awning over the sidewalk; the stairs beneath will lead right to the check-in desk.

Return Details

  • 119 South Main St, 119 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

What To Expect

Get ready to discover the original Emerald City, the city of Seattle, Washington, from its inception in the 1890s. This entertaining and educational underground voyage travels beneath the streets to uncover three blocks of historic, old Pioneer Square. Explore not only the underground passageways that were built more than 120 years ago, but also the modern Pioneer Square that exists today.

Hear tales from the past, like the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in what would become the Klondike Gold Rush. Find out about Skid Row, a dilapidated urban area that served as the main street in Pioneer Square. And get to know the history of a group of people called the Coast Salish, the ethnically and linguistically related Indigenous peoples that first settled here.

Beneath the Streets

Beneath the Streets focuses on factual, historical information that details the birth of our city, 1890’s architecture, and several other stories including the Klondike Gold Rush, Skid Row, and the Coast Salish Peoples that first inhabited the area. Our tour guides participate in workshops on cultural traditions and history with special guest historians and Native Tribal members as continual professional development.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pioneer Square

We cover four city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and explore three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890's. You'll see and hear the history of the neighborhood from both the original and current street levels.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

It was raining the day we went so there were some puddles to deal with so wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the weather.
The tour is only one hour, so great for kids.
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Good tour
Cheri_P, Jul 2022
It was very informative. The length of the tour was just right at an hour. The tour guide had interesting information about Seattle's history.
Interesting history!
Rebecca_H, Jul 2022
We enjoyed this tour. Great history unique to Seattle. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained.
Mike our guide was great,...
Timothy_K, Jun 2022
Mike our guide was great, highly energetic and fun, he seemed to really enjoy his job and sharing the history of Seattle. One thing I think should be shared is that this tour is split between underground and the streets, so if you have apprehension about be stuck underground, you do not stay underground the entire time. You go into a space and talk about it for a little while and then come up and walk above ground to the next space.
Seattle Underground
Kamie_B, Jun 2022
Great experience to find out some history of Seattle! Would recommend if you have some time and you're looking for something different. Mike was a very enthusiastic tour guide!
Great tour!
Erin_A, Jun 2022
Very interesting! I had a great time, and learned a ton about the city’s history. My tour guide was wonderful.
Great toure
SERGIO_R, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was Aurora. She was very informative and full of energy. Soooo worth it. Everyone in our group was asking all kinds of questions and she knew it all. Definitely recommend.
Super, less-known downtown experience.
Danny_T, Jun 2022
The guide knew his stuff, and made it fun and engaging. We saw places most people don’t. Really interesting town history!
Excellent experience
Pamela_F, Jun 2022
Very interesting information and the guide was excellent. Wonderful experience to see underground sites
Ground Not Underground. Great tour
Kate_H, Jun 2022
Great animated tour guide really brought Seattle history to life on the tour and explained the true nature of the underground floors. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Seattle.
Fantastic tour, great guide
Kevin_I, Jun 2022
Our Tour guide seemed to have exceptional historical knowledge and trivia facts that added to the great and fun tour!
It was great ...
Kathryn_S, Jun 2022
It was great Very knowledgeable!!!! I have to keep writing because I can’t just submit a quick response which is making me not ok with this tour
Walking history tour.
Christine_R, Jun 2022
Very educational! The Story of the early City of Seattle. How the tunnels came to be and how they were/are used through the decades.
Fun evening under the streets of Seattle
Kelley_C, Jun 2022
Good information, lively tour. Wouldn’t be good for people who aren’t good with uneven ground or stairs.
Well spent hour
Karen_Z, Jun 2022
Just great to get a history lesson with humor. Made the details stick! Guide was engaging. Great staff service as well.
Great quick tour
Maxine_C, Jun 2022
Richard was fantastic. He was entertaining and provided interesting local facts and history. Both my teenage kids enjoyed it as well. Tour was only an hour long so it didn't eat up the whole day.
Have a difficult time to...
Parlichart_S, Jun 2022
Have a difficult time to find the building offfice. Tour guide “Andy “ is fun and explain well and lots of knowledge .
Nice Tour and v very good tour guide!
Ravi_S, Jun 2022
Mike the tour guide with his knowledge and sense of humor, made this experience memorable. The tour was mainly underground as names stated but history behind it was fascinating! Nicely explained. Not long tour but interesting.
Interesting Tour
Brigitte_H, Jun 2022
We enjoyed the history of Seattle. Our guide, Mike, shared a lot of interesting information about how the town of Seattle developed and the colorful people who shaped it. It wasn’t quite what I expected however. I had envisioned a more authentic look at how it might of looked back in the day but after hearing Mike explain all the problems with the lay out, I now understand why it is not possible and am glad it was a clean space to walk through albeit a bit sanitized.
Best tour in Seattle!
Catherine_M, Jun 2022
The entire tour was amazing and Mike was so entertaining and informative. The entire tour was so worth the fee as well as the history and underground areas were an interesting and amazing experience. Thank you
He talked to much
Linda_J, Jun 2022
I went on this tour years ago and the lady was very good she showed us us and kept walking this guy stool there and talked so much l was bored


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