Seattle

Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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From US$29.03

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.

Reviews

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Well spent hour
Tatyana_s, Sept 2023
Tour guide was exceptional. We learned a lot about history of Seatle. Definetly recommend it. Not for kids.
Excellent tour.
chad_s, Sept 2023
Excellent guide gave good information on the cities history. Few stairs but nothing major. Overall easy walking tour that last a hour.
Excellent
Michael_J, Sept 2023
Our guide, Sarah, was absolutely the best. Well done. This tour is highly recommended as part of your Seattle trip
Don’t miss this amazing experience!
Andrea_F, Sept 2023
Sarah was a phenomenal guide with a great sense of humor and in-depth knowledge about the history of Seattle. Thoroughly enjoyed this A+++ tour!
Interesting
Alan_C, Sept 2023
The history of Seattle was interesting. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Would have liked to see more. Was a little pricey.
Enjoyed the tour
Maxine_C, Sept 2023
Very educational to learn of another world underground and to know that those were the original streets of Seattle.
Lively history
Lorna_R, Sept 2023
Richard our tour guide was excellent made the history come alive. Was knowledgeable and personable. Very interesting underground.
Great tour would recommend
Daniel_Y, Sept 2023
Thought Eowyn was guide. Really knew his stuff and seemed like he really enjoyed talking about the history of Seattle as well.
Below Ground Trade
Louise_V, Sept 2023
The establishment if businesses, their destruction in the great fire & the rebuilding if Seattle’s business district with improved utilities and area ways as extended trading/storing facilities
Awesome Experience
Lisa_M, Sept 2023
The tour and tour guide were awesome! So much rich history on this tour! It really gave you a sense of what Seattle was years ago!
Informational fun.
Gerald_S, Sept 2023
Extremely interesting and enhanced by the knowledge and personality of our tour guide, Daniel. Fascinating facts of the Seattle history and development.
Our tour guide, Sara, was...
Evie_A, Sept 2023
Our tour guide, Sara, was very informative and entertaining! Loved the experience! I highly recommend.
Enjoyable tour
Amy_C, Sept 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I enjoyed learning more about Seattle’s early history.
Great Tour
Stephen_G, Sept 2023
Stories and history provided by our guide. Tour was held at the right pace in a safe environment. Staff were excellent.
Totally worth it!
Kuro_m, Sept 2023
We’re a long time resident of Seattle but this is the first time we’ve gone on this tour. I’ve seen photos of old Seattle but it was great to see the actual remnants firsthand. Highly recommended for visitors and locals. Our guide was fantastic!
10/10 recommend
Julie_C, Sept 2023
The tour was fantastic. It felt amazing being in a places that felt untouched for the past 100 years all on its own, but Dave was a great tour guide and great story teller. 10/10 recommend.
Seattle history lesson in 1 hour
Marilyn_C, Sept 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us many stories of the past. We could even use our ticket stubs for discounts at selected shops.
Very informative
Kimbi_O, Sept 2023
It was very interesting to learn about the history of Seattle. It actually helped out a lot and we shared the info we learned with our friends that didn't go on the tour. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because in a large group it's hard to hear the guide if you are in the back.
City history
Rosemarie_K, Sept 2023
Enjoyed the tour immensely! Lots of history packed in the tour. Occidental Park area is stunning. Sara made the tour fun and interesting the whole way. Snaps for Sara!
A bit of a let down.
Elizabeth_P, Sept 2023
Richard was our guide. This tour was highly recommended by a different tour operator, and also based on the reviews, I had my hopes up. I was let down. It was not as good as I was led to believe. Not as much history or story telling.. Just ok.
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