The Postal Museum and Mail Rail

Activity code: TPMR

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  • Discover the fascinating story of post across the decades
  • See five-wheeled cycles and lioness and flintlock pistols
  • Come up close to the Post Coach used in the 1800’s
  • See the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black
  • Take a 15-minute ride through the Post Office’s 100-year-old railway


Travel back in time to discover the unexpected story of the first social network – the post! This extraordinary process stretches back more than 500 years and has kept us all in the loop without the need of the internet. Now, you’ll get to see how it changed our lives – from five-wheeled cycles and rockets to piracy on the high seas and a restored Mail Coach that sped across 1800s Britain! Get up close to the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, see flintlock pistols used to defend the mail, marvel over a Victorian miniature rail car that shot post (and people!) under London’s streets, and even try your hand at sorting the mail on a mock-up train carriage complete with wobbly floor… there’s so much to see and do on this extra special half-day out!

And if that wasn’t enough, your ticket also gets you a ride on Mail Rail. Board a miniature train to explore this underground London gem with a 15-minute trip deep underground through the long-hidden tunnels of the Post Office’s very own railway dating back over 100 years!

The Postal Museum will take you on a journey through post that you never knew possible – unmissable!

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Additional Information

What's Included:

  • Admission to The Postal Museum exhibition galleries
  • Ride on Mail Rail

What's Excluded:

  • Sorted! The Postal Play Space is not included
  • Annual ticket (available as an upgrade onsite)
  • Downloadable Audio Guide
Please Note:
  • Once booked, this tour cannot be cancelled or amended.
  • You must be able to walk 100m unaided to ride on Mail Rail.
  • Your visit starts at Mail Rail please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your Mail Rail timeslot as shown on your ticket. Failure to arrive on time may result in being unable to ride Mail Rail.
  • Audio Guide can be downloaded for the price of £2.99 - available in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English. Please ask for more information at The Postal Museum.