Sherlock's Challenge

Events (interactive, historical)

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  • Outside The Conan Doyle Pub - Meeting Point
  • 09:40, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00
  • Aug 27-31
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh Challenge
  • Warnings and additional info: Involves walking, and requires a phone with internet access. 1 ticket per group (7 people max). Child friendly but hard for children under 12. Duration between 2.5 and 4 hours Latecomers may not be able to take part. Ends in the West End of the city.
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.


Explore Edinburgh Sherlock style! A succession of clues and puzzles will lead you to find the truth about Sherlock Holmes and his connection to the city of Edinburgh. The game takes an average of 2.5 hours. Less or more depending on the agility of the deduction work. It covers a good portion of the historic New Town and some other wonderful places off the tourist trail. All you need is one ticket per group (seven people max). A refundable deposit of £20 is requested for the renting of the kit.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

David Aceituno 123 days ago

The best way to spend a day with friends and visit Edinburgh! I am a really big fan of escape rooms and the game is challenging and enjoyable, with very well designed tricky (or easy) puzzles. You can rack your brain while walking around the new town and try to figure out Sherlock´s secret.

We were a group of 4 and really enjoy the morning with the game. Definitely, 100% recommended. Sabela introduced us into the story and was really helpful. Hope she prepare another game to play again!

P.S: Game is also available in spanish, if you need it!

Morag Forbes 125 days ago

This is a brilliant event and a great interactive way to see the city ! The challenge was hard and really tested our group of adults and teenagers and got the kids talking and involved. Plus we walked about Edinburgh and saw lots of the beautiful city whilst having fun on the way ! The lady that runs it is friendly and helpful , providing clues when stuck. Throughly recommended.

Family of otters! 125 days ago

Great fun for all the family!! The girl who runs the game is fantastic. It's really well designed and offers a great way to see the city. The puzzles and challenging but rewarding. The story of Arthur Conan Doyle is fascinating. And it's a great way to get the kids outdoors.

Rebels 129 days ago

Great cross between a game and a tour. Lengthy and just challenging enough, you also learn some history. A very unique way to explore the city. We thoroughly recommend!

WINI DE PU 129 days ago

It's really cool! We have explored the city in a different way and learnt a hidden story about Edimburgh!
Elaborated and just hard enough, but you need to make sure to book enough of your time to complete the game, hopefully without clues!

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