Bill Speidel's Underground Tour47 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
- Address: 614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-2066824646
- Tags: Family And Kids
The Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is perhaps Seattle’s most unusual attraction as it gives you the chance to explore the sidewalks and subterranean storefronts that were entombed when the city was reconstructed after 1889’s Great Fire. A guided tour of 75 minutes starts right underneath the Doc Maynard’s Public House and then takes you to the historic Pioneer Square before heading underground for a fascinating tour of the buried city. Opting for the Bill Speidel's Underground Tour, getting to hear interesting stories from the guides and exploring how Seattle once was is a memorable experience.
How to Reach Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
- Buses to stop - 1st Ave & Yesler Way
- Light rail Link to stop - Pioneer Square Station
- Buses 41, 74, 101, 102, 150, 255, 550 to stop - Pioneer Square Station
- Buses 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 36, 40, 43, 47, 49, 62, 70 to stop - 3rd Ave & James St
0.58% of people who visit Seattle include Bill Speidel's Underground Tour in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
95% of people start their Bill Speidel's Underground Tour visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour Reviews & Ratings
Went on this tour twice. The first time around I had a great time and the tour guide knew a lot of facts. I left the tour knowing a lot more about the history of Seattle and felt I got my money worth in facts and knowledge, along with a one of a kind look at the Underground of Pioneer Square. This was in 2017. This year I went back with my brother when he was visiting Seattle as I felt it would be a great addition to his itinerary to learn more about the city. I was floored at how much it had changed. The tour overall was far less factual and had a lot of moments that left me cringing at the choice I had made. My brother left not really learning a whole lot and only remarked about how much the guide could not rap. They seem now to be far more focused on entertaining the group more than giving actual facts about what we are seeing. I felt ripped off honestly. I ended up having to add in a lot of the information myself for him during the tour. I tried to send my feedback but it went unanswered. I'd say give this tour a go still but your results may vary.
We went on this tour in August when the weather was a bit overcast so this was the perfect option for a day that was best spent indoors. The tour was led by the most entertaining Dean who had us all laughing throughout the tour. The history that is recounted during the tour is really fascinating; hard to believe that the city was built up from a tidal swamp but you are shown the evidence from underground. Very educational and fun - highly recommended for nearly all ages (perhaps not very young children as they wouldn't get all the jokes!!).
This was so much fun. The tour guides were amazing. So much information and the kids love it. Even my 5 year old enjoyed it. There is an after hours one that ends with a drink and is more "colorful ". I would recommend that if you don't have kids. But A+++.
I like how this tour gives you access to underground areas you wouldn't be able to enter without the guide/wouldn't have been brace enough to enter alone. Our tour guide, Jim, was friendly and entertaining. Along the tour, he also gave us some good recommendations of nearby attractions. It's a kind of experience I think would be good for someone who is visiting Seattle for the first time but probably not a place I would come if I were to revisit Seattle someday.
First time in Seattle and on the tour. Price was about $22 for adults. The first 15 minutes were extraordinary. Starts with a short presentation from a Seattle historian who gives you an in-depth look at the beginning of Seattle and how it was founded. I was completely immersed in his stories. After learning a bit about the background, you go with a tour guide to the actual underground. Unfortunately, this is where the quality drops. Within the first 10 seconds of listening to our guide speak, we could tell it was probably his first day on the job. Uncomfortable silence, awkward jokes, and dead air. I did not feel engaged or immersed. In order for me to suggest the tour to friends, I would really have to be sure that the quality of the tour will be consistent throughout the experience. I suggest that tour guides have training days where admission is reduced price so they can learn the ropes before doing the real thing.