Seattle's most unusual attraction: a guided walking tour through historic Pioneer Square -- and the forgotten streets below.
Our tours: Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is a 75-minute 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. The Underworld Tour is our 21 and over walking tour, filled with tales of Seattle's early red-light district. At the end of the tour, each guest can enjoy a cocktail at the bar (included in admission price). This is an adult-oriented tour; 21 and over only, and IDs will be required at the door. The SubSeattle Bus Tour is a 90-minute jaunt through the city, learning about Seattle’s unique neighborhoods and subcultures. Guides explain the stories and countercultural movements that created present-day Seattle. The Underground Paranormal Experience is a 90-minute tour unlike any other paranormal tour in Seattle. Our knowledgeable guides supply you with sophisticated paranormal investigative expertise and gear, so you can experience what trained paranormal investigators experience. Cafe and bar: The Underground Cafe features fresh, quick Northwest fare and a full bar before or after your tour. Ask our bartender to make you the best Bloody Mary in Pioneer Square! Gift shop: 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. Questions? Please call us at 206.682.4646 from 8:30am-5:00pm
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On this day in 1901 the parents of Henry Short suspect that he has been "Shanghaied" while spending time on the bad side of Skid Road. Hear more about the practice of being "Shanghaied" and other dock disasters on the Underworld Tour!
Find out why Seattle was considered an "open town" as early as the 1800s on the Underworld Tour tonight!
The Pergola was originally a stop for one of Seattle’s many trolleys, which dominated public transportation in the early 1900s.
We are happy to announce our partnership with Hot Shots Imaging! Before your tour, snap a photo at the green screen and then customize the background before you leave. Will you be an official tour guide or time travel to the ruins of The Great Seattle Fire?
What better way to get to know a city than by enjoying it’s seedy past? Join the Underworld Tour to learn about one of Seattle’s most profitable (and scandalous) industries!
On this day in 1935 the kidnappers of well-known timber baron’s son, George Weyerhaeuser are captured. After spending many of the marked bills used for ransom, the couple is apprehended in Salt Lake City.
What do vacationing fire fighters, turpentine and an intern have in common? The Great Seattle Fire! On this day in 1889 Seattle burned to the ground due to a combination of unfortunate events, which led to the creation of the Underground!
Bring your summer camp kids to explore must-see history!
On this day in 1890 Seattle held its first professional baseball game against the Spokanes. Seattle bested their opponent in an 11-8 win!
Are you planning your summer trip to Seattle? Give your trip more flexibility by purchasing your Flexpass for the Underground Tour! This ticket is valid for any available Underground tour time.
On this day in 1864, 11 eligible bachelorettes docked in Seattle after traveling from the east coast with Seattleite Asa Mercer. Mercer had hoped to bring back more than 11 women to the burgeoning town, but the women on the east coast were less than impressed with his offer.
Madam Damnable was quite the force to be reckoned with, and we aren’t just talking about her unrestrained language! Find out more about our favorite “hotel” manager on the Underworld Tour!
KEEP COOL! This slogan was used to sell the very first ice to Seattleites in 1872.
King Street Station opened on this day in 1906 receiving passengers from the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railroads. Have you taken the train to Seattle?
Today UPS is in the business of delivering you your packages quickly, but how they got their start may surprise you! Check out the Underworld Tour to find out some shocking Seattle history!
#TBT What a beautiful postcard of the Seattle waterfront in 1907.
Our new restaurant is now open!
Is this the same tour as the very old underground Seattle tour? I remember going on the Underground Seattle tour when I was probably 9 or 10 years old, which would have been around 1970-1971. I remember the "skylights." As little kids, I remember we always wondered what the purple glass circles were in the sidewalks. Once I saw them from below, I knew what they were before the guide even told us. On a different topic, does anyone out there remember a large Goodwill Store (I think in Downtown) that used to have a life-sized Cinderella's pumpkin coach displayed way up high, like on a ledge? So weird what you remember from the time you were a little kid!
Early Seattleites were an ambitious bunch! They were also very stubborn. Landowners would refuse to vacate so the city simply removed the dirt around their property. These became known as Spite Hills.
Get out of the classroom and head underground! Give us a call to book your school field trip. Continue the learning after the tour and stop by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Happy First Day of Fall! A perfect tour includes changing leaves above ground and hilarious tour guides underground. Don't forget your pumpkin spice lattes.
On this day in 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel took its first spin! The Seattle Great Wheel is an incredible addition to the waterfront and a quick walk from our location!
Roy Olmstead was quite the diabolical fellow and one of Seattle’s most notorious bootleggers. He learned the tricks of the trade from his time as a Seattle Police Officer! Read all about the "King of the Puget Sound Bootleggers" here:
On this day in 2000, the EMP Museum opened its doors. The attraction was inspired by Seattle rock legend, Jimi Hendrix. It is now home to thousands of rock artifacts! Check it out next time you’re in Seattle!
The bustling streets of Seattle in 1907. Pictured is 2nd Avenue, looking north.
You can now join the investigation every day of the week!