Famously the address of Arthur Conan Doyle’s master-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, 221b Baker Street is now a charming museum recreating Holmes' Victorian house as described in the books.
The first floor study of the Sherlock Holmes Museum is lovingly maintained in its full Victorian splendour, just as described in Conan Doyle’s published stories. Hidden away between 241 and 237 Baker Street, the museum pays homage to the great detective and Dr Watson and is home to hundreds of unique artefacts, antiques and memorabilia.
According to the stories, Holmes and his loyal companion lived at their fictional home at 221b between 1881 and 1904, and the property – which itself dates back to 1815 – is protected by the government in recognition of its architectural and cultural significance. The Sherlock Holmes Museum also includes a number of wax models to illustrate scenes from the books, while the site has featured in the TV series Sherlock, as well as in numerous other Holmes inspired tales.
Getting to the Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a five-minute walk from Baker Street station in Zone 1, served by the Circle, Bakerloo, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Marylebone Station is also a short walk away, while the 113, 191, 205, 27 and W8 bus routes all stop at or near Baker Street.
The celebrity waxworks of Madame Tussauds and the greenery of Regent’s Park are a five-minute walk from the Sherlock Holmes Museum. London Zoo is at the other side of the park, while Lords Cricket Ground – known as the ‘Home of Cricket’ – is a short walk to the north west. Central London can be reached via the London Underground network in a matter of minutes, providing access to the shops and boutiques of Oxford Street, as well as attractions including The British Museum, London Eye and the Tower of London.
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