City Market Catacombs Tour

Underground Indy

Explore the amazing beneath the familiar. The Indianapolis City Market and Indiana Landmarks offer guided descents into the City Market catacombs, a long-hidden ruin beneath City Market’s Whistler Plaza.

Catacombs City Market Indianapolis
Catacombs City Market Indianapolis (Photo: Brandon Knapp)

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.

Tour schedule

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.

Tickets Must be Purchased in Advance

Use the form below to reserve your spot or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or reservations@indianalandmarks.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.