BILL SPEIDEL'S UNDERGROUND TOUR
is Seattle’s most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.
The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.
It’s the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground—don’t be fooled by impostors.
All the while, tour guides regale you with sidesplitting stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with punch lines!
Tickets available in advance, online here and by phone at 206-682-4646, or at our ticket counter at 614 First Avenue, in Pioneer Place Park, Pioneer Square.
The tour ends in Rogues Gallery and the Underground Gift Shop, where you’ll find displays depicting the past and Northwest memorabilia. Sons of the Profits, the book by Bill Speidel upon which the tour is based, is our most popular souvenir.
Doc Maynard’s Public House, suitable for the entire family, offers affordable snacks, breakfast and lunch, including fresh Northwest seasonal fare, and a full bar. Or order the specially priced lunch and tour combo when you purchase your tickets. (The tour starts with a 15-minute seated introduction, convenient for a quick bite before heading underground.)
You’re sitting in cobblestoned Pioneer Place Park, with its famous glass and cast iron pergola, when you enjoy outdoor seating at Doc’s. The striking pergola was a cable-car stop built for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle’s first world’s fair.
Here you’ll also see a huge authentic Native American totem pole in a one-of-a-kind little city park preserved in large part because of the efforts of the founder of the Underground Tour, historian and writer Bill Speidel.
The Underground Tour makes its home in the heart of the city’s oldest neighborhood, Pioneer Square. Explore cobblestoned parks, Victorian-era buildings, tiny Waterfall Park, art galleries, outdoor performance art and games, restaurants, boutique shops, and Smith Tower, Seattle’s most beloved skyscraper and once the tallest building outside New York.
“Skid Row,” originally “Skid Road,” was coined to describe Pioneer Square, where huge logs shoved from the highlands east of town skidded downhill and came to rest at Henry Yesler’s waterfront lumberyard, ready to be shipped around the nation and world.
Extra tours every half hour, sold at Box Office only, June-August, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10 am-1 pm December 26-31, 9 am-6 pm
Tours daily, year round, except: Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Tours may be added during peak seasons. Tours last approximately 75 minutes. Children 6 years and under are admitted free, but may find the tour challenging.