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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Somerset House
The tour ends at Somerset House, to see the site that was used as Pentonville Prison in the 2009 film. While the grand Neo-Classical façade of the building couldn’t be more different to the real-life prison, your guide will bring scenes from the film to life with tales of the baddie who was held there – Lord Blackwood. When your Sherlock Holmes tour of London is over, finish your tour here overlooking the River Thames - the artery that runs through the city of Sherlock Holmes.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piccadilly Circus
Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus in central London, and then set off on your walking tour, hearing about Sherlock Holmes – the fictional sleuth from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s late 19th-century stories. The escapades of the deerstalker-clad detective were so popular that film adaptations followed the books, and filming sites are now scattered around the capital. See the place where the eccentric Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson – his loyal friend and adviser – and hear trivia about the 1979 thriller
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Academy of Arts
Murder by Decree, which featured the pair. Visit the Royal Academy building, which was used in the film, and stroll around some of the pubs and grand hotels that were mentioned in the books. Your guide will entertain you with insider gossip about different iterations of Sherlock Holmes productions including Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Junior, followed by a walk to the Diogenes Club as seen in BBC Sherlock – a fictional gentleman’s club where a strict no-talking rule was imposed. After stopping for photos outside, you'll see numerous locations linked with the famous detective.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London.
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What is the maximum group size during Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London.

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A wonderful way to se and learn about London
Maps44489943104
, Mar 2019
Me and my family really enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes film tour and the guide Kathryn was very professional. I liked that she refferred to a lot of different books, novels, films and series about Sherlock and that the guide told us nerdy facts of Sherlock and sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Great tour opening and appeared to...
Bruce M
, Aug 2017
Great tour opening and appeared to be a great and knowledgeable tour guide. However, we signed up for a walking tour not a running tour. We made the first two stops OK but when we stopped the take a picture the tour, and guide, were gone. We caught the tube to the next scheduled stop he told us about but could not locate the tor group. Very disappointing.
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Please do not select this tour...
Keith D
, Aug 2017
Please do not select this tour whatever you do. A quarter of the way through this tour, I made the best decision of my life and simply left the tour, which was being hosted by a woman from Texas, USA and attempting to speak proper English, which was nothing but annoying and simplistic. The hostess was simply unprepared, non-personable, and our group size was too large, in which non-tour members were joining our group at times. It was pretty obvious that this tour company was simply after profits without providing a forfilling and worthwhile tour service. Subsequently, please select another tour for a much more enjoyable time since you deserve better. Kind regards.
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Unfortunately this review is not...
Chelsey L
, Apr 2017
Unfortunately this review is not based on the content of the tour, but the way the tour was run. The tour guide did not consider the walking abilities of all participants. His height had him walking very fast and not waiting for the others. My parents fell behind a couple times and he had no concern whether they were still with the group or not. The other walking tours my parents had done, the guide went at the pace of the slowest person or at least waited so everyone was able to take part. It had not even been half an hour and the guide had lost them because he had gone too far, too fast. Even looking around, my parents could not find where he went. This is the first tour booked through Viator that my family and I have been disappointed with. I did not do this tour with them, but we did other walking tours and this was not an issue. I think it's really awful that we paid money for something that couldn't even be completed because the guide didn't care about all of the paying participants.
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I really enjoyed all the locations...
Susan B N
, Apr 2017
I really enjoyed all the locations where the literary Sherlock, the BBC Sherlock and the movie Sherlock took place. The guide gave us so many other bits of information. There was lots of walking, but it was worth it. We went to locations that otherwise I would have never walked to on my own.
star-5
It was great fun. David our guide...
cynthia t
, Oct 2016
It was great fun. David our guide was top notch. Some suggestions is to include a bathroom break. Maybe a caution to people interested in the tour that it involves brisk walking, so wear appropriate footwear.
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I loved this tour. The tour guide...
Timothy T
, Jul 2016
I loved this tour. The tour guide did a great job of presenting facts about Sherlock Holmes. He had a notebook with photos from the various films that he used to reference the locations we were viewing. He also told stories of how the Sherlock Holmes character has evolved over time.
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This was a fun way to see different...
Sharon V
, Jun 2016
This was a fun way to see different parts of London, however if you are not familiar with the Sherlock Holmes movies or TV shows the sights have no meaning.
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It was fun. Spenser was very...
Jeff P
, Sep 2015
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.
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The best tour ever! Our guide was...
Elisabeth H
, Aug 2015
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.

Product code: 5936HOLMESWALK

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