Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum, London: Hours, Address, Sherlock Holmes Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Sherlock Holmes Museum
3.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Marylebone
Marylebone offers what so many London neighborhoods cannot: a village feel coupled with urban convenience. Much of its success rests in its location. Wedged between the northeastern corner of Hyde Park and the southern end of Regent's Park and with a number of Tube stations within easy reach, Marylebone is as pedestrian friendly as Central London gets. The bustling shopping mecca of Oxford Street separates it from Soho and Mayfair, exclusive Regent Street marks its border with Fitzrovia, and cosmopolitan Edgware Road serves as its western edge. Within this enviably situated quarter are an array of outstanding restaurants (from Michelin darlings to down and dirty cheeseburgers), an impressive assortment of independently owned shops, and some of the city's quietest and most pleasant nooks, crannies and cobbled lanes.
How to get there
  • Baker St • 2 min walk
  • Marylebone • 6 min walk
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Sophie
8 contributions
Not a museum, but an ace attraction
Nov 2021
I'm surprised that the most recent review is so negative, especially toward the gift shop, which I thought was fantastic. (The puzzles I bought there much less so, but that's not their problem.) The "museum" - not the most accurate term, but we'll go with it - is cute. Holmes and Watson's drawing room and Holmes' bedroom are recreated with period antiques, while upstairs mannequins are posed in tribute to memorable scenes from the stories. Yes, it's a tourist trap; that's the point. It doesn't have any Sherlockian artifacts, so I can understand why people would feel let down by the name; it would be better called The Sherlock Holmes House. But for what it is, it's delightful. (Be sure to stop at the Sherlock Holmes pub near Trafalgar Square too.)
Written November 26, 2021
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Ben B
Manchester, UK1 contribution
Tourist trap, con artists
Nov 2021
Where to begin? This is an appalling excuse for a tourist attraction. They charge like a wounded bull, we spent more on tickets than we would for dinner. Which wouldn't be a problem if we were paying for quality, but there is NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

First you're ferried up the stairs to the little living area where you can see a couple of armchairs, two hats and a load of junk that looks like it was taken from a local charity shop. Definitely not antiques, everything looked fake and in poor condition. The staff member we spoke to wasn't able to answer any questions about the books or the tv shows and movies. When we asked if there was anything interesting they could tell us they just sort of nervously laughed. It's all downhill from there. Upstairs is more empty space with more rubbish from charity shops and the worst looking wax figures I have ever seen. Shabby condition, all scratched or missing eyelashes. The whole visit took less than 15 minutes, and we looked at everything twice.

The gift shop is well manned and organised but all full of tat. Cheap, plasticy rubbish and somehow horrendously overpriced. We left and just laughed to ourselves, we couldn't believe that we were conned so badly. The staff seem to know it, too. When we complained that there wasn't much to see and that it was too expensive, the person we spoke to gave a sympathetic smile and apologized, and the look on their face just said "I KNOW".

I am simply shocked that anyone with a conscious could think of charging what they do here for what they have got. This is the most arrogant of tourist traps, milking their fictional subject matter's reputation to make a quick profit. You might think that you will enjoy it more, being the huge Sherlock fan that you are, but trust me when I say that you will only feel insulted. Do yourself a favour, and visit the Sherlock Holmes pub in Charing Cross instead. Same photo opportunities and totally free. I certainly do wish that we had finished our Sherlock related travels there, instead of continuing to this mess.
Written November 11, 2021
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Sofiestar
Stockholm, Sweden216 contributions
Odd
Nov 2021 • Family
As fans of a modern Sherlock-inspired series we decided to visit the museum. It is an odd museum, only a house staged as the real Sherlock would have left it. A bit weird since he never actually existed. No info about how many actors have portrayed him, why he still is relevant etc. And watch out for the dolls on the top floor...
Written November 9, 2021
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Mark L
Dunfermline, UK116 contributions
Great display and ideal for Sherlock fans but very pricey
Oct 2021 • Family
Nice little museum and at a stretch could spend an hour looking around. Everything you would expect to see and loads of detail especially on the first floor showing Holmes study
And bedroom. Personally I feel the price a bit high for what it is.. would have been 5 stars if price had been lower
Written October 14, 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,529 contributions
Definite must see for fans
Oct 2021
Very well done presentation of the living quartets of the fictional detective, and his friend Dr. Watson in Mrs. Watson’s boarding house. The living room especially is packed with hundreds of pieces of memorabilia, we were told all are original from the time period. Audio presentation in each room provides a little bit of history and the staff is very kind and helpful. There is no problem with taking photographs or use of a photo stick. We purchased tickets on site, there was no line, and the tour begins outside on the street by the constable who then leads the way through a different door upstairs to the living quarters. Although I am a bigger fan of Agatha Christie, I thoroughly enjoyed this visit.
Written October 9, 2021
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laurella w
Alresford, UK1,319 contributions
Amazing place to visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
We loved our visit to the museum. Collecting the tickets we booked on-line was easy, straight from the shop next door. The museum itself is split over a few rooms and is a definite must for any Sherlock fan. The experience takes about 45 minutes but it’s well worth it
Written September 30, 2021
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Shahar L
Herzliya, Israel238 contributions
Wonderful experience - if your'e a Sherlock fan!
Sep 2021
I will say this in advance- i am a HUGE sharolock fan, i read all the books, saw all the movies etc. - and for me, this is just what i needed! The museum rooms are packed with items from the holmes stories, with attention to the small details - a feast for us fans! However, for someone unfamiliar, though the museum is a good introduction - it is pretty small, with short automatic voiced guidance in the first couple of floors - so take that into accout, so you won't get disappointed (after all- this is not one of those free museums , it cost to come inside!)
Written September 27, 2021
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annie
Sale, UK234 contributions
Great little place
Sep 2021
Very small place but organised well. A recording told you lots of information in two of the rooms and the top floor, although you looked round on your own, was very interesting. Well worth a visit if you don't have to queue too long - we just walked in and it doesn't take long as its so small - maybe 30 minutes
Written September 27, 2021
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,461 contributions
A Brief Visit to Sherlock's Home at 221B Baker Street
Aug 2021
We had visited Madame Tussauds and decided to have a walk down Baker Street which is only a short walk away. At the time we visited we had no idea that there was a Sherlock Holmes Museum. At first we visited the museums shop had a brief look around and purchased our tickets. You enter the museum in small groups which is good as the place is a little on the small side with very narrow stairs. We were guided through the tour with explanations in relation to the exhibits and Sherlock's history. The house which is a listed building consists of several stories 2 rooms on each floor with a bathroom & toilet at the top. The rooms are full of great exhibits especially for the Sherlock Holmes Fans. Have to say we enjoyed the experience although a little cramped within the old house.
Written September 12, 2021
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Paul James H
147 contributions
A Wall to Wall Experience
Aug 2021 • Solo
It's was easy enough to find, not too crowded; as they wait you outside, and bring you in, in groups.

The house is decked out with all the modern Victorian decor, including a gunshot wall spelling V. R.

You start off on the first floor, with an audio description of Sherlock Holmes study. After this you are free to wander the next two floors. Look out for the hound of the Baskerville, and the wall of villains.

After finishing in the museum, there is a gift shop next door. Items included are; trinket music boxes, that you wind by hand. Detective puzzles and books/postcards, pens etc to the more expensive teapots / deerstalker hats.
Written September 4, 2021
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