Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson might be fictitious characters, but it’s easy to forget that 221b Baker Street is a very real place. The decision to place Holmes and Watson in an actual London flat may have been carefully thought out by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or it may have been an easier alternative to creating a fictitious abode. One certainty about this decision is that it left us Sherlockians with a tangible connection to the stories that we love. If you ever want to visit The World’s Most Famous Address in real life, you’re in luck, because 221b Baker Street is home to The Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Though the name says it all, The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a window into the legendary home of The Great Detective and his companion. Due to its “special architectural and historical interest,” the location is protected by the British Government, a true testament to the impact that these stories have had on the world.
For the Sherlockians living in or near London, you’ve likely already visited this legendary location, but those of us across the pond might find visiting 221b Baker Street a bit more challenging. That being said, seeing the heart of the Sherlock Holmes stories for your own eyes would be well worth the trip.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is open from 9 AM to 6 PM every day, and information such as ticket prices and events can be found on their website. For any and all of your Sherlock Holmes needs, continue to peruse through our very own Sherlockian.net.
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Written by Jacob Largen