About the Event
Celebrate Conan Doyle Month at Groombridge Place
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout September tickets will be available for ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Valley of Fear’ guided tour (1pm and 2pm). Tickets £2.50 per person, available in advance or on the day
Groombridge Place near Royal Tunbridge Wells will be celebrating its connections with the famous writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A special programme of fascinating tours, talks and performances will take place throughout September.
Conan Doyle was a Crowborough resident and was friends with the owners of Groombridge Place during the early 1900s. He visited the house frequently as a guest and used it as inspiration for his popular full-length Holmes novel ‘The Valley of Fear’ in 1914. The house is meticulously and beautifully described by Doyle- who sets a brutal murder here in the first part of the story. Conan Doyle was interested in the supernatural, and often came to Groombridge Place to take part in séances with the owners Louisa and Eliza Saint. He claims to have met a ghost here, and was the first person to describe our resident ghost ‘The Ostler’.
In 1995 Conan-Doyle’s love of Groombridge Place was commemorated by a small Museum room on site. His daughter Dame Jean Conan Doyle officially opened the building, and spoke of how her father felt that Groombridge Place was ‘the very essence of England’.
The Museum has recently been re-dedicated The Conan Doyle Theatre and it is currently being considered by The Guinness Book of Records as the smallest working theatre in the country. A new play has been developed to commemorate our links with Conan Doyle, and it will be the first performance to be staged in the space.