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Seattle Underground Tunnels

608 First Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104 USA

Closed Now
Opens Tue 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
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“Seattle's most unusual attraction”

Bill Speidel's underground tour is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist!The tour begins inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1890s saloon. Following a short intro, we’ll walk through historic Pioneer Square to three different sections of Underground—about three blocks in all.The tour ends in Rogues Gallery, the Underground Tour gift shop.Here you will find a mix of historic displays and an array of contemporary gifts showcasing Seattle’s quirky character.You can get a memento of your Underground Tour experience at Rogues Gallery; a copy of Sons of the Profits, the book by Bill Speidel upon which the tour is based, or a Seattle souvenir or two.After hearing the history of the invention of the flush toilet in England on the tour, you can check out our beautiful, original Crapper toilet imported from England.

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Reviewed by
Dawn G. Johancsik

  • Road Warrior
  • 51 Reviews
  • 48 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is super fun. The guides are young and hilarious. They put a spin on what could be boring. You do a bit of walking so no heels and something with a sole would be good.

You start above ground and end underground winding through the gift shop. You see a whole different side the city. It's been kept pretty much the way they found it but made is safe.

If you have never been, then it's a must do.

4 people found this review helpful

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Dana Newkirk

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  • 298 Reviews
  • 324 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

Very cool, very creepy, and for any big history dork this is one of the coolest tours to take in Seattle. If you're a bit claustrophobic, or not a fan of dark places I'd recommend sitting this one out. Go visit the Pike Place Market instead!

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 8 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 18, 2014

Our tour guide Carly was awesome! Very informative on the history of the city without being boring. Lots of cool facts and time to take pictures. Loved the stories about Madame Lou ;)

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 2 Helpful
August 27, 2013

The tour is a lot of fun and you learn a lot of interesting things about Seattle that you wouldn't have normally known. The tour I believe when I took it 10 years ago used to be longer and you didn't end up in a gift shop, but the shop is very cute. My 7 year old son loved it! However, my 6 year old girl was totally creeped out but I think that was more of the closed in spaces and the large group (about 15 people). If you come to Seattle, if there is one thing that you do... This would be highly recommended that you don't miss.

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Greg Newkirk

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  • 315 Reviews
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September 17, 2014
Rated 4.0

AWESOME tour. I didn't even realize that present-day Seattle was built over top of old-Seattle. Very neat to get a chance to go down into the tunnels and explore the parts of the city that everyone else forgot.

Definitely worth the admission, and you get a free keepsake at the end!

1 person found this review helpful

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Greg Newkirk

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  • 315 Reviews
  • 321 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is a really fantastic tour, especially for someone visiting out of town. I actually lived in Seattle for close to three years and it wasn't until my third year that I found out that there's a whole abandoned city underneath Seattle. It's pretty wild to go underground and see all of the original sections of Pioneer Square. Everyone gets a tour keepsake as well, which is a nice addition. Depending on how easily bored your kid is, the tour could go either way. Recommended for history buffs, for sure.

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 04, 2014

The tour gives a lot of history and exploring under the city is pretty cool. I'd definitely recommend it.

1 person found this review helpful

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Christina Gerrish

  • Road Warrior
  • 19 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
November 13, 2016
Rated 4.0

Very funny tour guides!! Was interesting to learn about the history and kept us engaged.

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Hannah Sager

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 25, 2016
Rated 2.0

After hearing great things about this tour I was really looking forward to doing it, thinking that it would be an interesting tour in actual underground tunnels. The only good thing about the tour was the guide, he was funny and tried to make it interesting. However, the actual tour went through a few separate spaces that were more like poorly maintained basement areas with bits of trash that businesses had thrown down there. With a hefty $20 USD ticket price, I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 17, 2016
Rated 3.0

Wasn't the greatest for the price. It seemed as it they were attempting to do some revamping while we were there. As someone who loves taking pictures I did get some really great shots, but not sure it was worth the $. Also, no one told us that we got 1 free picture, so I didn't find this out until I noticed it on other peoples reviews, and the girl who was trying not to sell us pictures at the end was extremely rude when we declined the offer.

On the plus side we had a fantastic tour guide and he made the time 1000 times better :)

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Seattle Underground Tunnels

608 First Avenue
Seattle, Washington
98104 USA


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  • No Wifi
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