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One of the most highly anticipated events on my trip to Europe was the Sherlock Holmes Museum. I had missed 221b Baker St on my last trip to London and was determined not to miss it again! With all the hullabaloo over BBC Sherlock, Elementary, and Robert Downey Jr.’s films, I was nervous it would be more of a tourist trap than ever! I can happily report that it was not. As you probably already know, Sherlock Holmes’ address is 221b Baker Street and so is the museum’s. The Museum was the first stop on my self-induced Sherlock tour of London.
Sherlock Holmes Museum Tickets
221b Baker Street was really close to my hostel so I walked there. It’s a pretty busy street, being that it’s near Madame Tussauds and Regent’s Park. When you arrive, go directly inside the museum gift shop to purchase your ticket, then go outside to wait in line. Sherlock Holmes Museum tickets are £15 for Adults, and £10 for Children (under 16yrs). As a note, they do not offer Sherlock Holmes museum tickets online. You must buy them at 221B Baker St by cash, credit, or debit card. You also can’t book in advance. Their hours are from 9:30 am to 6 pm every day.
Visiting 221b Baker St
It’s a small building so they only let a certain amount of people in at a time. Bring an umbrella in case it rains because there’s no covering for you to stand under while waiting. Seventeen steps up and you have reached Sherlock Holmes’ apartment. If you’re like me and have actually read the books, you will actually count those seventeen steps! Dorky, I know.
Inside Sherlock’s Apartment
Pictured above is Sherlock’s room. There’s an incredible amount of detail here. I know it’s a bit hard to see in the pictures, you can click to make them bigger. Upon entering you do feel that he could have lived in this very apartment. It was a boarding house during Sherlock’s time so it’s very accurate. What impressed me most was that there are references to most of Sherlock and Watson’s adventures. For example, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” which is one of my favorite stories, is represented.
There’s also a lot of letters from Sherlock to Watson and others. I really liked the way they set up the scene below with his magnifying glass. They let you take pictures of everything, and if you need help there was always an employee nearby. All of the employees are dressed in period clothing so that’s a nice touch as well. You could literally spend all day reading the little articles here. I apologize, I forgot to take a picture of Watson’s room upstairs, but hey, you’ve got to have some surprises for when you go right?
The Sherlock Holmes Museum Gift Shop
Finally, the man himself! It’s a pretty nice bust of our high-functioning sociopath! I wish they would have sold mini versions of these in the Sherlock Holmes museum gift shop! After you leave the apartment, you can go back to visit the gift shop where you bought your ticket. It’s a bit pricey, but what souvenir shop isn’t? They have a large assortment of souvenirs and their mail order catalog contains the largest collection of Sherlockian gifts in the world! So you’ll absolutely be able to find something for your Sherlockian friend or family member.
A Review of 221b
Lastly, my favorite photo I took while leaving the Sherlock Holmes Museum. As I was the last one out, I was able to get a clear shot of the window pane above the door, 221b Baker St. On a final note, I’d like to say that the Museum is absolutely worth it. It takes much more of a focus on the books than the film and television incarnations, as it should! They have done Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud!