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Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

From US$ 26.50 per person

Follow clues and puzzles to find out the truth about Sherlock Holmes and his connection to the city of Edinburgh during this escape room type game. Explore Edinburgh's sights in a totally new way.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Test your wits with a series of creative puzzles
  • Discover the secret behind the famous character of Sherlock Holmes
  • Immerse yourself in Edinburgh's New Town
Full description

Explore the sights of Edinburgh on foot during this private Sherlock Holmes adventure tour. Receive a backpack kit with physical clues, props, and everything you need to work through the game, including a 19th-century map of Edinburgh that is yours to keep.

Start your adventure by meeting your guide. Your guide will then brief you on the game mechanics and be in touch with you throughout your game if you need help. You will need a phone only to be in touch with your guide.

Once the game begins, you'll follow a series of numbered clues. Every clue is meant to be used in a particular location and when you solve it you'll find out where to go next. The game unravels the story of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation. Walk through a good portion of Edinburgh and pass by some of the main landmarks: St Andrews Square, Princess Street, and some other wonderful places off the tourist trail.

Most of the game's locations have a connection to Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. You will finish by dropping the kit off and collecting your souvenir badge. It ends at the West End of the city.  The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2.5 hours if they don't take a break. Some groups have taken quite a bit longer.

  • Guide who can assist if you get stuck
  • Souvenir token of completion
  • A 19th-century map of Edinburgh
  • Rental of equipment

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    Meeting point

    Outside the Arthur Conan Doyle pub. 71-73 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JD, UK Your guide will be wearing a deerstalker (Sherlock Holmes hat)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Charged Smartphone

    Know before you go

    •  You will need a fully-charged phone with internet access, however, this game is not phone-based. You will need a phone only to be in touch with your guide
    • This activity involves a long walk and there will be some ramps and stairs on the way
    • You will be asked for a deposit of £20 at the start. This is fully refundable when the kit id is returned undamaged. You will have to drop off the bag after you finish. There will be a drop off location nearby
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 24 reviews

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    This was our absolute favorite experience we have ever done! Like an outdoor escape room! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! My husband and I didn’t have cell service so we weren’t able to ask for clues, which made it all the more challenging! We got done in about 3.5 hours without any help. Such a well thought out game, really tested our intellect! Also a great way to see the city. We our raving about it to all of our friends!

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    September 26, 2022

    Very varied, interesting puzzles that had just the right level of difficulty for us. Sometimes you really had to think longer, but if you then come up with the solution without help, the joy is of course all the greater. The tour takes you to beautiful places and at the same time you learn something about the city. In my opinion the information about the city could be even more. :)

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    September 8, 2022

    I booked this as a surprise for my 14 yr old daughter as we both enjoy games and escape rooms. I cannot recommend it enough!!! We loved every minute of it, even when we were stuck. Thank you so much Sabi for designing this and we cannot wait to try another one next time we are in Edinburgh

    October 15, 2021

    Product ID: 213726