The Seattle Underground Tour

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The Seattle Underground Tour Reviews

sammysounder sammysou…
2 reviews
Do the night tour Mar 21, 2012
Seattle was burnt to the ground, and the current city sits on top of the old city. This tour goes through the underground city. That said, there's the Underground tour, then there's the night tour... don't take the kids.

First off, it starts with drinks in the pub, but most importantly, it covers the rest of the stuff that the normal tour doesn't touch. Do you know what major shipping company got it's start running heroin on the docks? To this day, there's railings in the city that have been built with special anti-prostitution devices in order to keep the prostitutes off of 1st Ave. Locals walk by them every day without knowing why they're there. The Underground Tour is fun and a traditional Seattle attraction, but catch the night-tour and you'll get a lot more interesting (if not child appropriate) information.
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aelder2259 aelder22…
206 reviews
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour May 31, 2011
The correct name is "Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour" (not The Seattle Underground Tour). Cost for adults is $15.

I lived in Seattle for 14 years and thought it was about time I went on the tour so I can honestly recommend it to visiting family and friends.

The tour lasted about 75 minutes. There were some stairs and even my bad knees handled them ok. Many of the floors are uneven, so it's important to watch your step at all times.

I was expecting a little more artifacts. The few areas that had them, made it more interesting to see. Mostly, it was cracked and uneven floors, lots of brick, old wiring and cobwebs.

I really enjoyed the history lesson that our guide gave us. I could have listened to stories of old Seattle for hours without the need to walk the tour.
Jacqueline_R Jacqueli…
4 reviews
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour Was Great Apr 14, 2010
It was really worth going to. The guide was very knowledgable and very funny. She even kept the children on the tour entertained! It is not for those who have walking or standing issues though.
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jun 11, 2007
Usually don't like tours but the Seattle Underground Tour was particularly cool. Basically, after a big fire burned the whole city down in 1889, they rebuilt the entire city a few dozen feet higher than it had previously been built to prevent flooding. Most of that underground structure still exists, and basically there is an underground network of tunnels and remnants of old buildings that exists under the current city. This subterranean world was used for both smuggling alcohol and prostitution and has a rich and interesting history in and of itself.

The Seattle Underground Tour gives you a really good overview of this history and also allows you the opportunity to walk around in some of the underground tunnels. The tour guides seemed very knowledgeable and entertaining so I would definitely recommend checking it out!
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Sunflower300 says:
I never heard about it when I was there. What a shame. Oh well, I'll just have to go back.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2007
pinchora says:
hmmm....I have never heard of this sounds really interesting and makes me want to visit Seattle!!! =)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
Vagabondatheart says:
I heard good things about the tour. Thanks for the review!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2007
jwilsonwsu jwilsonw…
52 reviews
Jun 19, 2007
After a fire burnt down then Seattle, it was decided to build the city a few feet higher because of fear of flooding. The tour takes you underground through tunnels (which were streets at the time) and the remains of old buildings. The tour is very interesting because it weird to think that 100+ years ago there was a city built below the modern streets. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and give you all the history. They now offer a tour catered to adults called "Underworld Tour". This tour includes discussion on prostitution, opium trade and other R-rated material. If you are coming to Seattle, I would recommend this because its very rare to see something like this.
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floongle floongle
2 reviews
Jun 11, 2007

The Seattle Underground tour is a guided history of Seattle's past (Seattle raised the level of their roads and created a series of tunnels still present in places in the city).

Well... I liked it! :)
Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
Jul 26, 2004
The Seattle Underground is only assessable by taking the Underground Tour from Pioneer Square. The underground is the result of bad city planning in early Seattle. Originally the city was built on a flood plain, causing toilets to back-flush every high tide. After the great fire of the 6th of June, 1889, the city council wanted to raise the level of the city to two stories above the flood plain, but local businesses refused to. The council took the obvious way out - when they rebuilt the city they built the roads in Seattle two stories high. For several years this meant that pedestrians had to climb a ladder to get from the sidewalk up to the road, and then climb down on the other side. Several drunks died when they fell into the gutter. Eventually businesses put up a second level of sidewalks on the street level (with glass tiles to let light into the lower level), and finally the lower level of sidewalks (the original ground level) were abandoned completely, along with the first two stories of all the buildings. The underground tour gives a very entertaining presentation of Seattle's early history, followed by walks into the underground.

$14 adults, $7 children.

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