UK: The Arthur Conan Doyle Trail

UK: The Arthur Conan Doyle Trail
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Tread in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective

Kevin Verghese
July 13 , 2019
03 Min Read

Are you the biggest fan of mystery, suspense and thrill in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Take a break from the cricket fever and set off on your very own adventure & explore Britain in a whole new way. Here is a list of places every Sherlock fan must investigate.

Sherlock Holmes museum at the place where he fictionally lived - 221B Baker Street221B Baker Street, Westminster, London
221B Baker Street is Holmes’s base in Sir Arthur’s stories and all subsequent screen adaptations and is one of the most famous addresses in the literary world. The address doesn’t actually exist, but with a bit of handy detective work, here you can find the Sherlock Holmes Museum which is situated within an 1815 townhouse very similar to the 221B described in the stories and is located between 237 and 241 Baker Street. It displays exhibits in period rooms, wax figures and Holmes memorabilia, with the famous study overlooking Baker Street the highlight of the museum.


Sherlock Holmes PubSherlock Holmes Pub, Piccadilly Circus, London
Even the detectives get hungry – The Sherlock Holmes pub in Northumberland Street is the perfect place for fans to grab lunch or dinner. The building has retained many of the features of a traditional Victorian-era tavern and has some rooms with Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and clues from a few of his most famous cases. Sunday roasts are served every day beside a life-size replica of the Holmes office.

St. Bartholomew's HospitalSt Bartholomew’s Hospital
St Bartholomew’s Hospital is the place where Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have their first encounter, in one of the hospital’s chemical research labs. St Bart’s is the oldest standing hospital in England having survived both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz in World War II. The exterior of the building, most notably the roof, was the site where dramatic scenes of the BBC series were filmed – it was from here that Holmes supposedly leapt to his death.

Portsmouth City MuseumPortsmouth, Hampshire
The first two inaugural Sherlock Holmes novels were written by Sir Arthur in Portsmouth while setting up a doctor’s practice on Elm’s Grove. The exact building was destroyed during World War II, but still there is plenty to see at Portsmouth museum, including books, photographs and memorabilia from part of the Arthur Conan Doyle collection. Major Highlights include the First Sherlock Holmes novel (A Study in Scarlet), published in 1887, and an old postcard of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty falling into the Reichenbach Falls.

Bristol CityscapeBristol
Another frequent location for the BBC’s cameras has been Bristol, where some of the most memorable scenes from the Sherlock series have been filmed, including the bonfire scene in The Empty Hearse, Dr Watson and Mary’s wedding in The Sign of Three and Holmes’, encounter with Moriarty in Bristol, South Swimming Pool in the debut episode. You can follow the footsteps of both Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson on the Bristol Film Office walking trail, which covers a host of locations.

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