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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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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 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
  • 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 canceled 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 travelers 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 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
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-4
Tour guide Dave is great!
Alice_W
, Aug 2022
Dave was such an informed and smooth tour guide latching onto the audience’s interests. I wish we’d asked him more!
star-5
Great history and story...
John_L
, Aug 2022
Great history and story telling 🤙🏿. I have a coworker who looking forward to the tour check it out .
star-5
I love that Seattle is actually named after a Native Chief!
Kori_H
, Aug 2022
It was so interesting to find out how Seattle was built and the history of it all. It’s incredible the amazing of work they did to start the foundation of what it is today. Not at all what you expect!
star-5
Educational
jonathan_r
, Aug 2022
I love learning about the city’s I visit. Great time for sure! Our guide was funny and was knowledgeable. And a really great Fro
star-5
Good tour
Carol_A
, Aug 2022
Excellent narration by Jenifer. Informative and appropriately humorous about Seattle's checkered history. Xxxxxxxxxxxno more to say…………….h
star-5
A must do tour of Seattle
Barbara_S
, Aug 2022
The history of how “beneath the streets” came about was fascinating. Our guide brought the past to life. And excellent tour. I would highly recommend this tour as a must for a Seattle visit.
star-5
A fantastic tour of the Seattle Underground
Chris_M
, Aug 2022
My wife and I wanted to do the underground tour of Seattle. Read some reviews online and this one caught our eye. Our tour guide did a great job of making the experience interactive and personable. An hour tour was just about right with the amount of information to digest. I would highly recommend it!
star-5
What happens under the streets stays under the streets.
Anonymous
, Aug 2022
Mike was over the top with enthusiasm. Never met anyone so gifted with telling stories and facts, getting the excitement going and keep a fast pace tour.
star-5
Worth Your Time!
Daniel_B
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide possessed strong historical knowledge of how and why there was a city under Seattle and an ability to keep the tour interesting throughout. Seeing preserved parts of this city and hearing about other topics such as which and where famous musicians played in the area (Ray Charles, Nirvana, et al.) and seeing the birthplace of UPS and hearing the story of how it originated as a bicycle messenger business started by two teenagers below the streets of Seattle, and much, much more.
star-5
Surprising history!
deedeelukeyahoocom
, Aug 2022
Mike was a great tour guide. Very entertaining! Ran right on schedule. Just the right group size. Did not feel crowded.
star-4
A great tour with a stand-up comic
Melanie_V
, Aug 2022
The true history of not just the underground but for a understanding of how things were and how it all happened.
star-5
Guided history tour
KimberlyHoyt_M
, Aug 2022
Enjoyed the history and learning all those small purple circles in the sidewalk are skylights! Our guide was cheerful and entertaining.
star-4
The guide was awesome I...
Mary_L
, Aug 2022
The guide was awesome I believe his name was George. You need to like history to enjoy this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable!
star-5
The tour guide was very...
Laine_J
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable but also kept the tour fun by cracking dad jokes during most of the tour.
star-5
The guide was very...
Carolyn_L
, Aug 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable. Good pace for a walking tour, easy to keep up even for older visiters. Even with some hearing loss I was able to hear all information shared.
star-5
Great tour guide Eowyn!
Barbara_L
, Aug 2022
Eowyn made the history and construction of Seattle come to life. Very informative and I’d recommend to anyone who’s interested in history, urban planning, or just to have an understanding of how we got to today. Gave insightful commentary on Indigenous peoples.
star-5
Great stories! Great storyteller!
Natalie_G
, Aug 2022
The guide is a true historian who seems to know everything there is to know about the city. He answered any and all questions and is a great storyteller. It was great!
star-5
Great tour
Robin
, Aug 2022
It was super interesting to see Seattle from underground the streets . Knowledgeable tour guide and a great value.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fascinating
Linda_K
, Aug 2022
Learning all the history of bringing Seattle to where it is today. The tour person was excellent in bringing the tour to life.
star-5
Friendly & informative
Martyn_H
, Aug 2022
From check in to the tour, everyone was friendly, helpful and informative- special thanks to Jim. Great time exploring the ‘underworld’ of Seattle

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