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Sleuthing Around The Sherlock Holmes Museum London NW1

Discover the iconic Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street, London, NW1. This is the renowned address where Sir Arthur Conan’s fictional super sleuth, Sherlock, resided from 1881 to 1904. Here, you’ll embark on a whimsical journey through the books recreated Victorian setting, adorned with artefacts and memorabilia reminiscent of Holmes’ legendary adventures. It’s perfect for anyone looking for unique things to do in London, unusual museums or tourist attractions near Baker Street station.

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“Whether you’re a seasoned Sherlockian or a curious explorer, the Sherlock Holmes Museum promises a quirky and eccentric experience,” Homegirl London.

Sherlock Holmes Museum Highlights

Despite encountering mixed online reviews, I approached the museum with an open mind, fully aware that it pays homage to a literary detective and not a real person. This tourist attraction is irreverent, so it’s best not to take it too seriously.

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You’ll be ushered inside once you’ve picked up your physical ticket from the gift shop. Before entering, take a moment to admire the four-storey Georgian townhouse dating back to 1815, an official Grade 2 listed building. Take note of the blue plaque on the facade saying: “221b Sherlock Holmes consulting detective 1881-1904.”

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Ascend the narrow staircase, where a Victorian-dressed tour guide talks you through the first-floor rooms. Starting with the chaotic study, where Sherlock conducted his investigations, and Mr Watson diligently recorded their exploits. From bullet holes reminiscent of past adventures to Watson’s ink well and Sherlock’s violin and medical case, each object resonates with the essence of the literary legend.

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In Sherlock’s bedroom, pictures of serial killers adorn the walls. The tour guide sheds light on the famous deerstalker hat on Sherlock’s bed. While never mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings, the deerstalker has become synonymous with the detective. The iconic headwear debuted in the illustrations for “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”, published in The Strand magazine in 1891.

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You can continue your exploration to the upper floors, where you can roam around by yourself. You’ll discover Watson’s quarters, which I enjoyed.

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Also on this floor is Mrs Hudson’s less well-curated room. Take a peek in the glass cabinets to discover objects relating to the Sherlock stories.

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Onwards and upwards to the top floor, things get weird with a creepy collection of waxwork figures. These depict iconic characters, including the notorious Professor Moriarty, along with Holmes and Waston.

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Finally, venture up to the attic, reminiscent of a bygone era, complete with vintage luggage tucked in the rafters and a quaint bathroom, echoing the daily life of Victorian tenants.

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Complete your visit by browsing the museum’s gift shop, boasting the world’s most extensive collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. From handcrafted deerstalker hats to intricately designed puzzles, find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your journey into the world of Sherlock Holmes.

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What did I think about this museum? I was glad I visited because I like quirky museums and this doesn’t take too much time to look around. The two rooms on the first floor were well thought out. A tour guide on the other floors would have been beneficial. It was £16 entry, which I didn’t think was too expensive considering how much things cost these days. If you’re a mystery lover and a big fan of the books, I expect you’ll pick up on the nuisances. The gift shop is excellent.

See My Sherlock Holmes Museum Pictures

Unfortunately, you cannot take videos in the museum, so I’ve compiled a series of pictures for you instead.

Helpful Information About The Sherlock Holmes Museum

For more information, visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum website. The address is 221B Baker Street, Marylebone, London, NW1 6XE, easily accessible via Baker Street station. You can visit daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm, with the last entry at 5.30 pm. Allow 20-30 minutes for your tour. Tickets are priced at £16 for adults, £14 for concessions and £11 for children under 16, with complimentary admission for children under 6.

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Please note the absence of restroom facilities and the presence of steep stairs within the museum. Read about the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Wikipedia to find out what the Doyle family thought about the museum and other interesting snippets of information.

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If you’re travelling via Baker Street Station, look out for the Sherlock motifs and collection of tiles.

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There’s a splendid Sherlock Holmes Statue by sculptor John Doubleday outside Baker Street station.

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Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.