Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest fictional detective, lived at 221b Baker Street, according to his books, between 1881-1904, and you can actually visit his home, because 221b Baker Street has been converted into The Sherlock Holmes Museum.
With the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, the Hollywood Blockbusters with Robert Downey as Sherlock and the American series that moves Sherlock to New York and has Lucy Liu as a female Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes has never been so popular, so why not visit his original home? The four storey building is protected due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, and the 1st floor study, overlooking Baker Street, is faithfully maintained to look as it would have been Victorian Times when Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson would have lived there.
A Victorian policeman guards the entrance to the museum which is accessed via the shop, on the ground floor, which sells an abundance of Holmes related books and memorabilia.
There are three floors of exhibits, including some great traditional Victorian pieces and well chosen artifacts representing Sherlock Holmes\’s detective days. For example, you can see the stick that was said to belong to Dr Mortimer in the Hound of the Baskervilles and the club that was used to kill Colonel Barclay in The Crooked Man.
Sherlock Holmes House and Museum Opening Times:
Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am – 6pm
Admission: Adult £6 Child £4 (under 16 years old)
Nearest Underground Station: Baker Street
Location: The Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London NW1 6XE