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very informative and entertaining

This tour is a great choice for everybody who wants more than a traditional history tour. History... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Keks_Rebecca
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Gelsenkirchen, Germany
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A highlight in our Edinburgh Festival calendar

When you're enthusiastic about something it rubs off. and Toby our guide really enthused us about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kintish
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Manchester
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3 days ago
“very informative and entertaining ”
4 weeks ago
“Best.SH Tour.Ever”
About
Who is the Real Sherlock Holmes? Take a step back in time to Victorian Edinburgh and let our very own Holmes show you the forgotten places where the Sherlock Holmes legend really began – places unseen by most visitors and fans! Visit the Sherlock...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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361 High Street | Meet Outside The Cigar Box Tobacconist, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, Scotland
Old Town
Website
+44 7708 736612
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This tour is a great choice for everybody who wants more than a traditional history tour. History though is part of this tour to explain Arthur Conan Doyle's background but it covers much more than that. You learn about Victorian Edinburgh and why it had...More

Thank Keks_Rebecca
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Rebecca thank you so much for this delightful review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the Tour as well as the general Sherlock Holmes chat! It's great to meet other Sherlock fans and I am always learning new things from my guests. I hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

When you're enthusiastic about something it rubs off. and Toby our guide really enthused us about Arthur Conan Doyle with some fascinating facts about how Sherlock Holmes was 'born'. if you're in Edinburgh during or after the Festival find 1.5 hours to do this tour....More

Thank kintish
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Will, many thanks for taking the time to leave this lovely review. I'm genuinely pleased that you enjoyed the Tour so much and to be a highlight in your festival calendar is a true honour considering the amazing talent on offer. Best wishes for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I took this tour last November and it was the best tour we did in Edinburgh. So glad we stumbled upon it! We learned so much, not just about Sherlock Holmes, but also about the history of Edinburgh, even the medical history....More

Thank Fariha S
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Fariha, Thank you for posting this lovely review. I so enjoyed meeting you and your sister and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour. I hope that it has inspired you to read more Sherlock Holmes and that you will both come back to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Toby was fantastic. He clearly has done research and is so willing to share what he's learned. He spent some extra time chatting with me and gave me some additional resources. He was also helpful and very communicative after the tour. If you want to...More

Thank Molly B
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Molly for this fantastic review. I'm delighted I could help out with your research and I would love to host your students here one day. Please get in touch if I can help you further and good luck with your work.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Toby is a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a historian of the Victorian era, a lover of Edinburgh, a terrific storyteller, and a soon-to-be-published novelist whose company you will enjoy. He is obviously committed to creating the right atmosphere for the walk because he...More

Thank BethB55
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Beth, Thank you so much for your lovely words - I'm delighted that you enjoyed the Tour so much. I have now commenced a run of 25 shows in a row as part of the Edinburgh Fringe and the weather is still warm. By...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to schedule a private tour for our family group of 6. Toby did a fantastic job for what turned out to be 3 hours, including the Sherlock Holmes/Conan Doyle & Dr. Bell connections, local history, and a detour to incorporate some Harry...More

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Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the Tour so much. It was truly a pleasure to share some of Edinburgh's stories and secrets with you all and to be the highlight of your visit to beautiful Edinburgh is...More

Reviewed 4 July 2018

My husband and I love walking tours and as our time was limited in Edinburgh, found ourselves joining Toby on this tour, our THIRD of the day. He had us hanging on each word for the entire two hours. The tour was packed with information...More

Thank Traci G
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Hi Traci, I'm over the moon that you and your husband enjoyed the Tour so much, Thank you for this lovely review and if you ever return to Edinburgh hopefully the Sherlock Holmes statue will be back in its rightful place!

Reviewed 15 June 2018

I absolutely loved this tour. Toby, our guide, was welcoming, professional, fun, and knowledgeable. Though I had already read many of the Sherlock Holmes stories and had watched recent film and TV adaptations, I learned many interesting facts about both Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes...More

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Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Thank you so much for this delightful review! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the Tour and also learned a lot too!

Reviewed 3 June 2018

We were so lucky the day we took this tour! The sun was out and we were the only 2 signed up. As well as having a wealth of information about Sherlock and ACDoyle, Toby was gracious enough to give a bit of a fusion...More

Thank Donica R
Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hi Donica! Thanks for this lovely review. I'm so glad that you both enjoyed it so much and yes we were really blessed with the weather that day. In fact the sun has shone ever since so I think you brought the LA weather with...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Just completed a Sherlock Holmes walking tour with Toby for my b-day. My sisters treat to me and I’m so happy we did it. This tour was absolutely amazing! I learned so much about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I never knew, what a unique...More

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Toby V, Owner at The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you Ruth! I'm so glad that you all enjoyed the Tour so much and you were all such good company I enjoyed it as much as you! Hopefully this will inspire you all to read and watch more Sherlock Holmes!

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