Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

Seattle, United States

From US$29.03

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting 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.

End point

  • 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

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pioneer Square

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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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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Great history tour!
Angela_W, May 2023
The Beneath the Streets tour was great! Loved learning about the history of Seattle. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging.
Great tour with a great guide!
Brandon_C, May 2023
Rod was great. Really brought some of the stories associated with the Seattle underground to life. The tour itself was very good, with access to a lot of the old street level underground and a lot of history about how it came to be. Highly recommend.
Well done 👍
Craig_S, May 2023
Was exactly what we were looking for. Very informative tour and a funny engaging tour guide. Would recommend this tour with Mike. If we are ever back in Seattle we would do it again to hear more stories.
Fun history
Elisabeth_S, May 2023
Very fun, and lots of history about early Seattle. The guide was very funny as well! It was interesting to see beneath the streets!
Who would know
Olga_T, May 2023
The tour person was informative and funny. She explained the history of why seattle had to be built above sea level. She also gave an insight to where were underground to street level. She pointed out spots on street level where a brothel was, etc. I loved the little gift shop which had reasonable priced items.
Christina_T, May 2023
Mike was great! He is a manic force of nature who is endlessly entertaining and educating. Highly recommended.
Learning the history of...
Gail_T, May 2023
Learning the history of Seattle and the reason for the tunnels. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. An excellent guide.
Would have been great
Natalie_A, May 2023
Jennifer was a great tour guide, and honestly we would have really really enjoyed the tour if not for a family with two very young children that dominated the tour. Made it really hard to hear the guide and see the photos, plus they pushed to the front no matter where they were and were the only ones who could ask questions, which were mostly questions about rats. The tour guide really needed to tell them to let others ask questions, as the parents were completely oblivious to how inconsiderate they were to the rest of the group. Disappointing because it cost so much to go on this tour and it really ruined the experience for everyone but the 4 and 6 year olds. Need to have an age minimum for this tour because it’s clear they were comprehending only 25% of it but asking 100% of the questions.
Dave was very...
Tanya_C, May 2023
Dave was very knowledgeable and funny along the way. I had a great experience and enjoyed the tour. Thank you very much.
sam_b, May 2023
Guide as more of a comedian , very little history provided. Only saw 2 small underground rooms. Would not do again or refer anyone to do it.
They did what!??? Wow
Tamara_P, May 2023
Loved it! Definitely worth the 1 hour tour. Dave was an excellent guide. He shared so much history from the early days of exploration, fur trading, interactions with the local tribes, settling, growing businesses, fires, floods, quirky ways of people and politics, all blended into funny and memorable stories. It was an underground and above ground walk of the large area that is Old Town. Tales of Wild West, Gold Rush, the underground “trades” that the people and politics wanted to pretend didn’t exist. And current day uses for the underground old building fronts and spaces. Excellent! Would do it again. Very interactive guide that customized experience to the groups areas of interest and both asked for and answered all our questions
Worth the time if you...
angrydogsc, May 2023
Worth the time if you don’t know the history of Seattle. Maybe worth it if you already know its history too!
Definitely worth the time.
Steven_K, May 2023
Interesting history of early Seattle. Mike our guide was a funny character who was really knowledgeable and passionate about Seattle.
Perfect afternoon!
Dawn_H, May 2023
Mike was awesome! Great history lesson and learned a lot. Seattle buildings are next level! Enjoyed experiencing a new part of town.
Day underground
Alvin_B, May 2023
great tour from start to finish, gave us an insight to life before seattle became what it is today.our guide was great and told us so much stuff and gave us info on buildings and ares aswell
Fantastic Tour!!!
Tammy_P, May 2023
Jennifer was very informative. Fascinating tour, loved it!!! We didn't know anything about the history of Seattle, Jennifer was very good at telling us all the intricacies of this history.
Mike the tour guide was...
Lisa_V, May 2023
Mike the tour guide was so much fun, knowledgeable, and all around a pleasant experience for our vacation.
Learned a lot!
Anna_W, May 2023
Enjoyable tour! A good amount of walking (very doable). Very interesting and informative tour. We went under a few buildings and saw the original streets and learned how the city was built and reconstructed after the big fire.
Interesting and Fun Tour
Frances_E, May 2023
This was one of the most interesting tours. Our tour guide Betsy knew all the background and provided an exceptional overview of the history and background of the underground history of Seattle.
Hidden History Beneath Your Feet
Komal_B, May 2023
We don't love guided tours because they take too long and are usually boring but this one was great. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide (Kieran) gave us a history of Seattle. Loved going into a door off an alley and down the stairs. Very cool to see the old brick walls, photos and other remnants of history under the streets. Used the tickets to get a discount right after on Smith Tower.

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