Postal Museum

Explore five centuries of communication at this fascinating museum

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to the Postal Museum Normally £17.05 - Included with London Pass

From its beginnings under royal instruction to the Mail Rail and Great Train Robbery, explore five-hundred years of communication at the Postal Museum.

Step inside and learn about an iconic British Institution at the award-winning Postal Museum. From five-wheeled cycles to flintlock pistols, there’s plenty to discover here. The museum opened in 2017 and serves to document the development of the postal service which dates all the way back to the time of Henry VIII.

See a Mail Coach that thundered across 1800s Britain, get up close to the only existing sheets of the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, and explore one of London’s hidden gems with a ride through Mail Rail’s 100-year-old miniature underground tunnels.

The museum also offers a roster of year-round exhibitions, walking tours and events for all ages, so there really is something for everyone. After you’ve explored the museum, head into the cafe for a light bite, or the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of your visit.

Highlights

Mail Rail
Head down below the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant sorting office, hop aboard and ride through the tunnels of the 100-year old postal railway. See the original platforms which remain largely unchanged and learn about the people who ensured the country’s mail arrived on time in this immersive experience.

The Postal Museum Exhibition
See the famous Penny Black’s, get up close to the historic vehicles used to transport the post and send secret messages to friends and strangers using pneumatic deliveries.

Did you know

  • The Mail Rail ran for 22-hours per day
  • There are over 60,000 objects in the museum
  • Cats were first officially appointed by the Post Office to catch rodents in September 1868, they were given six-months probation and had an allowance of one shilling per week.
  • On 8 August 1963 just under £2.6 million was stolen from the Travelling Post Office (TPO) on route from Glasgow Central Station to London Euston Station. This event has now become famously known as The Great Train Robbery.

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Getting to Postal Museum

Getting to Postal Museum

  • Postal Museum 15-20 Phoenix Place London WC1X 0DA
  • Closest Subway Farringdon
  • Closest Bus Stop Routes 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 63, 341

Opening Times

Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

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