Follow in the footsteps of London’s most famous sleuth on a 2-hour Sherlock Holmes tour. With your film-savvy guide, explore myriad feature locations from Holmes’ literary and cinematic journeys. Visit the Royal Academy building, complete with fascinating reference to the thriller Murder by Decree. Literary buffs will enjoying see the sites of the fictional Diogenes Club and Pentonville Prison, as well as the charmed location of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting.
- 2-hour Sherlock Holmes literary and film location tour of London
- Learn about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who brought Sherlock Holmes to life on paper
- Hear tales of the 1979 thriller Murder by Decree while seeing the Royal Academy building
- Visit the location that featured as the Diogenes Club in the BBC Sherlock adaptation, with Benedict Cumberbatch
- Stop for photos outside Somerset House, the Neo-Classical building that was used as Pentonville Prison
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What You Can Expect
In the morning, head to Piccadilly Circus to meet your friendly guide and begin your walking tour through the sites and stories of Sherlock Holmes. As you begin, learn a bit about the beloved 19th-century detective – the brainchild of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – and his most tangled and fascinating adventures. Pass the initial meeting place of Holmes and his dear Dr. Watson, and continue to the Royal Academy building, used in the film adaptation of the 1979 thriller Murder by Decree.
Follow your guide’s carefully laid trail past famous book and film locations including grand hotels, pubs and gentlemen’s clubs. See the sites that inspired Doyle and have recently given host to performances by Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr., star of Guy Richie’s 2009 film Sherlock Holmes.
Stop at the site of the Diogenes Club, known for its strict no talking rule, and Somerset House, location of the fictional Pentonville Prison. Admire the lovely (and very non-prison like!) Neo-Classical architecture while hearing tales of the prison’s infamous resident, Lord Blackwood. This tour offers plenty of time to brush up on Holmes lore, ask questions and snap photos.
Your tour concludes on the Strand in central London.
The best tour ever! Our guide was knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic. I learned a lot and had a blast. Now that I am back in the States, I am re-watching every episode of Sherlock and loving it even more than the first time. I will definitely do another Viator tour on my next visit to London, my most favorite city in the world!! Thank you.
Yet another outstanding tour packed with great information from books, TV, and movies. The tour guide Wed June 10 was fantastic. His enthusiasm kept us thoroughly engaged for the entire 2.5 hours and his knowledge was impressive. Viator is consistent with high quality and competitive pricing.
Rebecca was a terrific guide. She kept us going at a reasonable pace and was very knowledgeable about the tour. She was in fact an expert on Sherlock facts.
Great guide who was very knowledgable. enjoyed walking through streets wouldn't normally find. Both of us really enjoyed it.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was especially good and had great knowledge. Would recommend this tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and got everyone into the tour with visual aids. Very interesting. Great tour.
Celia, our tour guide, really knew her stuff. The tour was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about Sherlock and his creator. I can really recommend it!
It was fun. Spenser was very outgoing and shared a lot of insider tips. The group was a bit large for a walking tour - hard to keep everyone together.
Great fun - very informative and relaxed. Learned a lot about Sherlock Holmes, with a few other films thrown in there. Really great to see other parts of London.