Discover the Secrets of City Market on Our Catacombs Tour
A vast expanse of brick barrel arches, the catacombs are all that remain of Tomlinson Hall, which burned in 1958 and was torn down by the city. Visitors can see the huge limestone pillars that supported the hall, explore the network of arches, and learn the history of the underground labyrinth, which includes its use as a storage facility during the flood of 1913, and a refuge for the city’s homeless during the bitterest winters.
We offer Catacombs tours on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, May through October 2017, except in July, when the tours are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, and in October when we added an extra Saturday:
May 6 and 20
June 3 and 17
July 8 and 22
August 5 and 19
September 2 and 16
October 7 and 21 and 28
The tours depart at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. from the west plaza of City Market, 222 E. Market St. in Indianapolis. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Tickets Must be Purchased in Advance
Use the form below to reserve your spot or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, No Bare Toes
City Market Catacombs are an undeveloped historic asset and are not handicapped accessible. The Catacombs feature a very rough, uneven dirt floor. The tour is not navigable for guests with walkers, canes, strollers, or wheelchairs. We recommend closed-toed shoes.
Alert to people with breathing sensitivities:
The Catacombs are a musty, sometimes damp area. Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability to take the Catacombs tour.
Refund requests must be received seven days in advance of tour date.