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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker StreetHas your book club read any SHERLOCK HOLMES? The fictional consulting detective, created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first appeared in publication in 1887.

Conan Doyle wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. The stories cover the period from 1880-1907 with his final case in 1914. Over 70 actors have played Holmes in over 200 films. The 2009 film “Sherlock Holmes” features Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively.

What could our book club do?

  • Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street where the famous first floor study is still kept as it would have been in Victorian times. This was the first museum in the world to be dedicated to a fictional character.
  • Take a 2-hour walking tour with a professionally-qualified guide concentrating in the Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Strand area - not Baker Street as many people think!
  • Visit the Sherlock Holmes Collection at the Marylebone Library with a booked and timed appointment to view stories, journals, cuttings, photographs and information about his creator. Have all your questions answered by an expert.
  • Refresh yourselves in the Sherlock Holmes pub in Northumberland Street. Here you will find artefacts, memorabilia and the stuffed and mounted head of the Hound of the Baskervilles! There is also a replica of Holmes' and Watson's study and sitting room situated next to the restaurant. You can buy souvenirs including an authentic deerstalker hat!
  • Visit some locations where the 2009 film "Sherlock Holmes" was shot. St. Bartholomew-the-Great Church (opening scene) and Brompton Cemetery (location for Lord Blackmore's Tomb). Freemason's Hall and St. Paul's Cathedral also featured in the film.
  • As an alternative to London you could base your Sherlock Holmes tour on Dartmoor and lose yourself in the "Baskerville Experience". This is a lighthearted trip back in time to the year 1900 and begins with a 2-hour walk across the treacherous "Grimpen Mire" led by Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself who relates stories, myths and legends. In the evening, dress the part and travel by horse and carriage to Laughter Hall House where you will no doubt enjoy the 5-course meal with drinks and participate in all the ensuing drama!

Anything else of interest in the London area?

  • Maximise your enjoyment of a trip to London - The Big Bus Tour allows you to hop on and hop off at all major tourist sites and spend as long as you like. Tickets valid 48-hours, live English commentary.
  • Ride the London Eye for spectacular views of the capital city - particularly wonderful at dusk when London lights up.
  • Walk along the South Bank and visit Shakespeare's Globe or Tate Modern.
  • Whilst you are in Baker Street why not visit Madame Tussaud's and then relax in beautiful Regent's Park?
  • Shopping - of course!

Anything else of interest in the Dartmoor area?

  • Take the "Round Robin", an award-winning circular tour combining steam train, ferry, river cruise and scenic bus tour through Paignton, Totnes, Kingswear and Dartmouth (available April to October).
  • Cruise on the River Dart.
  • Take a private (or public) tour of the Museum and BRNC (Britannia Royal Naval College), available on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
  • Visit the National Trust Gardens or walk the South West Coast Path.

Recommended reading for your book club

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Following The Detectives edited by Maxim Jakubowski

Recommended viewing for your book club

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Nominated for 2 Oscars.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

Book Club Tours look forward to welcoming you to a Sherlock Holmes tour either in London or on Dartmoor.

 

Book Club Tours LLP, 33 Broad Lane, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3AL • Tel: 020 8979 2285