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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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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

Reviews

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star-5
Our tour guide was...
Chelsa_M
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was amazing and we had a great time! The history was fun to learn and our guide gave it such a great twist!
star-5
Fun glimpse into the past
Jasmine_O
, Jul 2022
Jennifer is a great local guide -- she knows the city and its history so well! Plus there are some fun artifacts and hidden spots below the city to see.
star-3
There was not really very...
Tricia_K
, Jul 2022
There was not really very much that was memorial about the tour. We had a member that could not wear a mask due to medical needed oxygen mask so he could not complete the tour with us
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I apologize that our mask requirement made it impossible for a member of your party to tour with us. The air circulation in the underground is very poor which is why we have the mask requirement while underground. This is for the safety of all, both employees and guests. When a guide is out with Covid we have had to cancel tours in the past which disappoints dozens of guests. We also want to protect guests with underlying health conditions who are at risk for serious complications should they contract Covid. I know that was not the only thing you mentioned in your review, but I did want to comment in case guests with similar conditions are reading this.
star-5
A Must See Seattle Perspective
Glen_C
, Jul 2022
History of Seattle, from building to burning to rebuilding. The ever-present graft, “Dead St”, and sadly, the current state of affairs in Pioneer Square. Our tour guide (7/3, 4 pm) was outstanding! Passionate and loves her city!
star-5
It was our guide’s first...
Amanda_Y
, Jul 2022
It was our guide’s first tour and he was very knowledgeable and did a great job!! A fun and learned time!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
We learned the...
Kathryn_B
, Jul 2022
We learned the fascinating history of Seattle. Our guide Ron was very knowledgeable and humorous. Will recommend!
star-3
Just fine.
Lutti_S
, Jul 2022
Just fine.. We did it for experience but will not be able to recommend to anyone. It get so hot underground since you have to stay in one spot for a while and listen to what the guide was saying (which agree, really educational).
star-5
Great tour guide! Dave was awesome and very Informative
Holly_G
, Jul 2022
Learning about history and rebuilding of city And timeline of the pioneers. And learning name of seattle
star-5
Richer Experience Than the Competition
Jennifer_R
, Jul 2022
We've done both The Underground and Beneath the Streets. We enjoyed both experiences, but we liked Beneath the Streets tour a little more because it seemed like a richer experience. It is more customized to the small group tour and there is more to see than the competition. The staff is much friendlier also.
star-5
Well Worth a Visit
Mike_B
, Jul 2022
The Seattle underground tour was very informative. Richard was a very knowledgeable guide, and he kept the whole group engaged throughout the whole experience.
star-5
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.
star-5
Interesting history!
Rebecca_H
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed this tour. Great history unique to Seattle. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained.
star-5
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.
star-4
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!
star-5
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.
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!

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