Sherlock Holmes is the world’s most popular detective and one of the best-loved literary creations of all time.
Residing in his modest but chaotic rooms at 221B Baker Street with his loyal companion and chronicler, Dr Watson, Holmes used his extraordinary powers of observation and deduction in cases and adventures set amidst the fog and cobbled streets of Victorian London.
But what is less well-known to his legions of devoted readers and fans is that Sherlock Holmes, properly speaking, was born in EDINBURGH.
Join us for The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour around the beautiful city of Edinburgh and let our very own Holmes help you to…
• VISIT the Sherlock Holmes statue and the site of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth.
• LEARN about how as a young medical student in Edinburgh, Conan Doyle was to meet the man who would inspire the idea of a completely new type of fictional detective.
• WALK the streets of historic Edinburgh and discover the hidden history and forgotten places where the Holmes legend really began – places unseen by most visitors and fans.
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Holmes played the violin as a contemplative aid and in the story The Cardboard Box, Sherlock Holmes is described as owning and playing a violin made by Antonio Stradivarius. Watson once said about Holmes, ‘His powers upon the violin… were very remarkable but as eccentric as all his other accomplishments.’
Holmes smoked pipes, cigars and cigarettes, preferring a pipe - or three - when he was mulling over a difficult case or a problem such as in The Red-Headed League. When he was agitated he smoked cigarettes and with his brandy he would enjoy a Cuban cigar which he kept in the coal scuttle by the fire.
In the hands of the detective genius, the magnifying glass was an incredible tool but would be almost useless without his formidable brain. In the case of The Blue Carbuncle, Holmes examines a hat with his glass and is able to deduce several hitherto undetected clues about the owner.