Bear in mind Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson DIDN’T exist so this is really a fake museum with fake artefacts. Also, because it’s dedicated to the fictional detective, there’s not really much here for people who want to learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – the man who created Holmes.
So what’s here? Not an awful lot really. The policeman and ‘detective’ outside make a good photo opportunity and the costumed staff are friendly and knowledgeable BUT apart from a few tableaus arranged to look like 221B Baker Street and some iffy mannequins, this is really for aficionados with deep pockets.
To buy your ticket you have to enter and walk through a gift shop. There are quite a few interesting bits and bobs here including pipes, DVDs and books. For many this could possibly be worth the trip alone.
The museum is spread over several floors and the rooms are dressed as if the characters still live there, as well as displaying items from many of the stories.
You can see Sherlock’s bedroom and the famous study overlooking Baker Street. You can also sit in his armchair by the fireplace, use the props for photo opportunities and pose by waxworks of Mrs Hudson and Moriaty.
A word of warning: it’s quite small in here and, when there are a lot of people, younger kids may feel a little claustrophobic.
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