The 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 500 years ago to the Mail Rail and Great Train Robbery, explore the surprising story of communication at The Postal Museum.

Think you know about the post? Think again. Step inside and learn about the iconic British postal service at the award-winning The Postal Museum. From five-wheeled cycles to flintlock pistols, there’s plenty of unexpected stories to discover here. The museum opened in 2017 and documents the development of a service that dates back to the time of Henry VIII, changing the way we all communicate

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. Do all of this before trying your hand at sorting the mail on a train carriage, complete with a wobbly floor, and send messages across the museum galleries using pneumatic tubes.

The museum also offers year-round temporary exhibitions, gallery talks 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
Hop aboard Mail Rail and take a ride through the miniature tunnels of the 100-year old postal railway. This unique system was one of the first driverless, electric railways in the world and ran for 6.5 miles, 25 metres under London’s congested streets. Squeeze into a carriage to experience just how small the trains were, see original station platforms brought to life and find out how this extraordinary railway kept everyone connected in Britain, and across the globe.

The Postal Museum Exhibition
See a sheet of world-famous Penny Black’s, find out why a lioness attacked the post, explore stories of piracy on the high seas and send secret messages to friends and strangers using pneumatic tubes.

 

Did you know

  • The Mail Rail ran for 22-hours per day for more than 75 years, carrying up to 4 million letters every day.
  • The Postal Museum is the only place in the world where you can see sheets of Penny Blacks, the world’s first stamp that sparked a writing revolution.
  • There are over 60,000 objects in the museum.
  • Cats were once officially employed by the Post Office. First appointed to catch rodents in 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 The Postal Museum

Getting to The Postal Museum

  • The Postal Museum 15-20 Phoenix Place London WC1X 0DA
  • Closest Underground Station Chancery Lane, Farringdon, Kings Cross St Pancras, Russell Square
  • Closest Bus Stop Routes 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 63, 341

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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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Please note: The Postal Museum is closed on the 24, 25 and 26 December. 

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