City Market Catacombs Tours

Explore Underground Indianapolis

Guided descents into one of the city’s most unique spaces shed light on downtown history.

Catacombs tour
(Photo credit: Jeremy Meier)

Peer Beneath the City

In partnership with Indianapolis City Market, Indiana Landmarks offers two ways to explore “The Catacombs,” the underground ruins of Tomlinson Hall, a building that once stood beside City Market.

City Market Catacombs Tour

Descend into one of the city’s most unique underground spaces, the Catacombs beneath Indianapolis City Market’s west plaza, as guides explain its place in downtown history. Tourgoers will not see bones or crypts, but they will get underground views of two historic landmarks: Indianapolis City Market and the cellar of Tomlinson Hall.

Along the way, hear stories of the two historic buildings and the events that spelled disaster for one of them. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation for Indianapolis City Market and the importance of ongoing historic preservation efforts.

Public tours are offered on select Saturdays through September. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and depart from the second floor of Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market Street, Indianapolis.

Get the answers to frequently asked questions about the Catacombs.

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City Market After Hours

On this adults-only (21+) twist of the City Market Catacombs Tour, bring a beverage from Tomlinson Tap Room and enjoy extended time in the space, including photo opportunities. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Stay Safe Underground

Please be aware conditions in the Catacombs limit accessibility and require participants to wear masks during the underground portion of the tour.

Due to one unavoidable flight of stairs and uneven dirt floors, these tours are not accessible for all guests. No wheels of any kind can be accommodated underground, including (but not limited to) strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and roller blades.

We recommend closed-toed shoes. Ticketholders are required to sign a liability waiver to take the tour.

Interested in a private tour? Please complete our Tour Inquiry Form or email

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