Despite rumours to the contrary, Sherlock Holmes is, in fact, a fictional detective. But the legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary character has seen Sherlock become a cultural icon in England with bundles of Sherlock Holmes locations and attractions up and down the country celebrating his adventures. Whether you’re a fan of the novels or the more recent depictions or want to track down where, here’s our selection of the best Sherlock-themed things to do in England.
Visit 221b Baker Street aka The Sherlock Holmes Museum
221b Baker Street was the fictional address of Sherlock Holmes’s house when Doyle began writing the tales of Sherlock Holmes, but a century-and-a-half later, the North London location now houses a dedicated Sherlock Holmes Museum. Step through the doors of 221b Baker Street and you’ll be transported back in time to Sherlock’s Victorian-era apartment, complete with memorabilia and quirky objects celebrating his greatest cases.
Just a minute’s walk from Trafalgar Square, the Sherlock Holmes is a Victorian-styled pub, complete with displays dedicated to the detective. Enjoy a traditional English pint in the comfy surroundings, or head to the upstairs restaurant where you can view a full recreation of Holmes’ sitting room at 221b Baker Street.
Bristol has been used as a fill-in for London on several scenes in BBC’s Sherlock. The Bristol Film Office has put together a handy trail of filming locations for Sherlock fans to follow, including the Bristol South Swimming Pool where Sherlock and Moriarty come face-to-face for the first time in Season One.
Housed in a secret location in West London, Sherlock: The Game Is Now is a new escape game based on the hit BBC show. Fully immersive with original content from the stars of the show, the game sees teams of four to six people solving puzzles and uncovering mysteries in a race against the clock. Sign up and be one of the first to enjoy this world-exclusive experience.
Dartmoor’s granite hilltops and wooded valleys were a key inspiration to what is often considered to be Sherlock’s finest tale – The Hound of the Baskervilles. Explore the scenery that helped convince Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to bring Sherlock back from the grave, and follow Doyle’s example with a stay in the scenic Baskerville Hall Hotel.
Sherlock may have a deep connection with London, but the character was actually created about 75 miles away in Portsmouth. Today, Portsmouth Museum celebrates this with a permanent exhibition dedicated to the character; learn about Doyle’s medical history before exploring Sherlock’s various portrayals in literature, film, and theatre. A second exhibition focusing on Doyle’s first two Sherlock novels was also opened in 2018 and will be free to all visitors until 2020.
Whitby has a long association with literature, with various authors and poets using the town as an inspiration, including Caedmon (the first known English poet), Dracula author Bram Stoker, and Lewis Carroll. Sherlock may not have visited the town personally, but this themed coffee shop celebrates his legacy. Sit amongst shelves of old hardback books and tuck into delicious homemade cakes and scones.
First opened in 2016, the Sherlock Holmes Experience at Madame Tussauds is a theatrical walkthrough attraction that puts you in Sherlock’s shoes. Uncover mysteries on this family-friendly adventure, featuring recreations of several iconic Sherlock scenes with authentic Victorian décor and live actors.