Pretty soon you can. Portsmouth, England has announced they will be opening a Sherlock theme park near the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Victorian author of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
BBC America shared that the city of Portsmouth on the south coast of England will be putting the equivalent of $42 million dollars into creating a Sherlock Holmes theme park.
“Details are sketchy at present, but Steve Pitt of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership promises “a world-class multimedia experience,” with rides, holograms and general interactive stuff using characters from the books and the archive from the city’s Arthur Conan Doyle collection, the largest repository for Holmes-related ephemera in the world.”
So 221B Baker street won’t be in London, but instead at Portsmouth. Will that work out? It’s tough to say.
Portsmouth does have its charm. It’s the place Sir Doyle began writing his Sherlock Holmes stories. To be exposed to the place when the stories were inspired could be interesting. And it would give tourists more reason to travel the country rather than spend an entire trip in London only.
The Daily Mail clarifies:
Steve Pitt, of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership which came up with the idea, said: “What we are talking about is a world class, Sherlock Holmes experience. It would be very interactive and high quality. There are so many tie-ins around the legacy of Sherlock Holmes being ‘born’ in Portsmouth.”
It could go over exceedingly well. For over a 100 years Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson have been keeping us entertained…
In all their various forms…