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Sherlock Holmes Museum

KidRated’s Sherlock Holmes Museum Top Tips:

  • The shop is free to enter so pop in and buy a deerstalker hat
  • Open daily but arrive early to avoid the queues
  • The Beatles Store is next door so combine your trips


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.

Booking Advice:

  • Tickets can only be bought from the shop
  • Buy tickets for private guided tours of the museum
  • Kids under 15 get discounted tickets



221B Baker Street

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7224 3688


Opening hours:

Open every day (except 25 December) 09:30 - 18:00.
Entrance tickets must be purchased from the shop before joining the queue.

How to get there:

Nearest tube: Baker Street.


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Think of it like visiting a Victorian home with mannequins and you’ll get the idea.
  • Best for older kids who love the stories and will spot the attention to detail. Otherwise just pop in to the shop as it has some fun souvenirs.

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