Sherlock Holmes Museum

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London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

1. London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Grab your deerstalker and take a Sherlock Holmes Tour of London. Explore places featured in the books, real sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle and locations featured in film and TV adaptations of the detective's great adventures. The tour starts at the very place where Holmes and Watson first meet and continues to gentlemen’s clubs and grand hotels featured in some of the novels and short stories. Discover the London that inspired the author of the books, Arthur Conan Doyle. Visit many of the film and TV locations that have been featured in famous screen adaptations with Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. Along the way you will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and see the locations up-close. This Sherlock Holmes walk is a must for real fans of Holmes and Watson!

London: Sherlock Holmes Tour by Black Cab

2. London: Sherlock Holmes Tour by Black Cab

Tour London in hot pursuit of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. The 3-hour tour by iconic London taxi takes in all the main sights associated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional creation, as well as locations of classic Holmes films. You will visit 221B Baker Street, Holmes’s London address and the site of the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Your driver will tell a lively story as you tour, not just of Sherlock Holmes and the crimes he solved, but of real life detectives and London's “bobbies” (police force). Stop for photo opportunities outside Scotland Yard. Visit the London home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And find out how and who he based the Holmes character on. Break for libations at the Sherlock Holmes pub, where representations of his Baker Street rooms are displayed. A new TV series of Sherlock is due in 2013 and filming will take place from March until the summer. So, grab your deerstalker and pipe, book your tour now, and see if you might bump into the stars during filming.

London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

3. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity and just as it was kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.

London: Sherlock Holmes Guided City Walking Tour

4. London: Sherlock Holmes Guided City Walking Tour

Take a look at London through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes on this guided walking tour. Discover locations from the original short stories and novels as well as the film and TV adaptations. Explore the history of the texts and find out behind-the-scenes secrets. Begin by walking to locations from the original short stories and novels, and hear how Sherlock's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, used the London that he knew and loved to create the dangerous, crime-filled, and fascinating London Sherlock Holmes inhabits. See the library where Dr Watson borrows books on Chinese pottery in "The Adventure Of The Illustrious Client", the Charing Cross hotel where Irene Adler stays at in "A Scandal In Bohemia", and the restaurant on the Strand, which was a favorite of both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his great fictional consulting detective. Continue on to the famous London locations from the BBC TV series "Sherlock", and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Robert Downey Jr. This includes the Diogenes Club and the 221B Baker St flat from the series Sherlock, Lord Blackwood's prison cell from the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films, and several other film and TV locations linked to the various versions of Sherlock Holmes that have graced the silver screen. Learn how Sherlock Holmes has gone on to become the most portrayed fictional character in history and how movies of the great detective were hugely popular in Russia during the Cold War. Then, visit Bart's Hospital, the medical school where Dr. John Watson trained as a surgeon, with a former medical student of the school. Whilst at Barts, learn why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose this medical institution as Dr. Watson's alma mater and what it's like to study at the oldest hospital in Europe. Finally, head to Baker Street. While at Baker Street, discover why Conan Doyle chose 221B Baker Street as Sherlock Holmes' address, who the real Baker Street regulars were (and how they secured an Allied victory during the Second World War), and how the Sherlock Holmes Museum ended up in a fight with an international bank over the rights to Sherlock's mail. End your tour opposite the Sherlock Holmes Museum, so you can continue to explore Sherlock's London before visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum itself.

London: Sherlock Holmes Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. London: Sherlock Holmes Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore London's Mayfair and Marylebone areas on an exciting Sherlock Holmes audio tour game. Put your detective hat on and get ready to solve a classic Sherlock Holmes case as you walk the streets of London. Have you heard of the Blue Carbuncle? Dr. John Watson sure hadn’t, until one evening when he happened to witness a very strange assault in Hyde Park. Watson finds himself to be in possession of a precious blue jewel. He has to turn to Sherlock Holmes, detective extraordinaire, for help. Dr. John Watson is at your service on this self-guided audio walking tour. He will tell you the story of the Blue Carbuncle, guide you to locations in London where the story takes place, and help you through some serious puzzle-solving detective work. Your self-guided mystery tour, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", guides you from Brook Gate of Hyde Park to the Sherlock Holmes statue and museum in the iconic Baker Street. Walking to Baker Street, use your skills of deduction and feel the pulse of London. Tour includes stops at famous landmarks, where clues leading you closer to the culprit are hidden in your surroundings. All you need to be able to step into the story is a smartphone with headphones. Get ready to experience London on a self-guided walking tour with a difference. Stop and start as needed to suit your own sightseeing plans in London.

Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

6. Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

Enjoy a fun-packed 3 hour tour by iconic London black cab and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, The Beatles, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes. Alas, poor Yorick will not be joining you, but you will get to see where the Bard – aka William Shakespeare – lived, wandered, and possibly drank! All of this may be elementary when you stop at 221b Baker Street – aka the home of Sherlock Holmes. See where Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really did live and practice medicine. Follow clues across London, taken from the books and films. You’ll be shaken and stirred as you enter the world of James Bond – aka 007. Visit Bond creator Ian Fleming’s house, the home of MI5 and MI6, and locations from famous Bond movies. With all those spies, you would think you were back in the USSR. But you are not; you are on the Beatles section of your tour. Travel back to ‘60s swinging London in the footsteps of the Fab Four, and discover where they lived, worked, played - and probably drank!

London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

7. London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a half-day tour that is perfect for fans of the hit BBC TV series “Sherlock” as well as the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and walk you to 221B Baker Street, the famous fictional address of Holmes, and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Now protected as a place of "special architectural and historical interest,” the handsome house includes a 1st floor study that has been faithfully maintained to depict the Victorian era. Pop into the next door Sherlock Holmes Store to purchase Sherlock memorabilia, and continue to locations in Central London used to recreate the Victorian atmosphere in the hit BBC series. Your guide can take you to Russell Square to show you where John Watson met the old friend that would change his life forever, or go to New Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police on historic Whitehall. You will also see the spot where Sherlock jumps (or falls) to his "death" in the “Sherlock” cliffhanger episode “The Reichenbach Fall.”

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What people are saying about Sherlock Holmes Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 500 reviews

Ian was a wonderful tour guide peppering in important history lessons along all the while seamlessly transitioning between Sherlock books, shows, and movies. Wonderful time for the whole family!

Really good walking tour Fiona our guide knee lots about the tour, presented it really well with loads of enthusiasm despite the rain. Really enjoyed it, thank you

Excellent knowledge of Sherlock and of London. Would highly recommend this tour to Sherlock fans.

It was really eyes opening, Ian told us about so many details. It absolutely made our day!

A lively, animated, knowledgeable tour by Fiona. So well done.