Love Sherlock Holmes? These are the best places to visit

Freemasons Hall Sherlock Holmes
Above: The striking Freemason's Hall in London features in Guy Ritchie's first film adaptation.

Our pick of the best Sherlock Holmes attractions. Magnifying glass and deerstalker at the ready

Freemasons’ HallLondon. Built between 1927-1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England. Tel: (020) 7831 9811; www.ugle.org.uk

Baddesley Clinton (National Trust), Warwickshire. Medieval moated manor house dating from the 15th century including a priest’s hole used to hide persecuted Jesuit priests in the 1590s. Tel: (01564) 783294; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent. While filming here in late November 2008, stunt man Robert Maillet accidentally punched Robert Downey Jr in the face during a fight scene, causing Downey to be bloodied and knocked down, but not knocked unconscious as originally reported. Tel: (01634) 823807; www.chdt.org.uk

Chatham Historic Dockyard Sherlock Holmes
Chatham Historic Dockyard represented Britain on the big screen

Guided walks in London: from London Discovery Tours; tel: (020) 8530 8443; www. discovery-walks.com. And from London Walks. www.walks.com

Guided walks in Manchester: with Jean Ballo, Blue Badge Guide. Tel: 07812 129754

Liverpool Docks, Liverpool. Visit Clarence and Stanley Docks as seen in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Tel: (0151) 709 8111; www.visitliverpool.com and www.liverpoolworldheritage.com

Manchester Town Hall, Manchester. Completed by architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1877, it is a fine example of Victorian Gothic revival. Tel: 0871 222 8223; www.visitmanchester.com

Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel (4-star) Baker St, London. Regular Murder Mystery Evenings. Tel: (020) 7486 6161; www.parkplazasherlockholmes.com

Portsmouth Museum, Conan Doyle collection. Bequeathed to the city of Portsmouth by Richard Lancelyn Green, a leading collector of Conan Doyle memorabilia, the collection contains books, documents and objects connected to Holmes and the life of his creator. Tel: (023) 9283 4092; www.conandoylecollection.co.uk

The Sherlock Holmes Museum of Baker Street, London. Memorabilia and artefacts relating to Holmes, Watson, their adventures and Victorian London. Tel: (020) 7935 8866; www.sherlockholmes.co.uk. The Sherlock Holmes Company manages the Sherlock Holmes Brand including links to information and photos on the adventures and merchandise. Tel: (020) 8208 1166; www.sherlockholmes.com. Information about Sherlock Holmes including some background material about Victorian England and detective fiction: www.sherlockian.net. A literary and social society for the study of Holmes and Dr Watson: www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk

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