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Seattle, United States
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered 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
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Gratuities
Disposable masks available for purchase at $1.00 each for guests unable to provide their own mask
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.

119 South Main St , 119 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Beneath The Streets
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
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
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.

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  • "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." See review
  • "The tour is only one hour, so great for kids." See review

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star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
Excellent experience
Pamela_F
, Jun. 2022
Very interesting information and the guide was excellent. Wonderful experience to see underground sites
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-3
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
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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 .
star-4
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-1
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
star-5
The tour had a great...
Charles_I
, Jun. 2022
The tour had a great amount of interesting history presented in an engaging setting - I learned a lot
star-5
Fun and informative!
Antoniya_S
, Jun. 2022
I really enjoyed the experience of the tour - it was focused on the underground history and development of the city but had other fun tidbits along the way! Richard was entertaining, and very knowledgeable on a plethora of different areas + history; I'd recommend him greatly!
star-3
The tour was ok. The tour...
Katie_T
, Jun. 2022
The tour was ok. The tour guide was a little much for me to laughing about things he said that wasn't that funny. It was interesting to see and some history but it seems like there should have been more to see.
star-4
A very informative experience .
Denise_A
, Jun. 2022
Our trip underground was very interesting. Our guide Jennifer was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She made our experience both educational and enjoyable. I liked that each guide with this your group adds their own research to the core information they share.
star-5
Awesome sauce.
Ed_S
, Jun. 2022
Rod is amazing. Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed his tour. He was very easy to talk to and answered all our questions. He seems very knowledgeable and we would reccoment this tour 100%.

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