A really lovely museum in London is The Postal Museum and we had a great afternoon here at the start of the summer holidays. It’s split into two buildings that are opposite each other – Mail Rail and The Postal Museum – and your ticket covers both.
Mail Rail is a ride on a miniature train down below ground on the old Post Office Railway. We did this first as you have a timed ticket slot. It was a brilliant 15 minute experience, we had our own closed compartment and rode through the tunnels with the story of the railway on a voiceover.
There is the Mail Rail exhibition to see after the ride and a travelling post office to try your hand at sorting mail!
Next to Mail Rail is the Sorted play area which has reopened since our visit – great if you have young ones!
Across the road is The Postal Museum and The Counter Cafe.
The kids were given trails to do which they very much enjoying completing. The displays were interactive, bright, colourful and clean.
We loved learning about the history of the Royal Mail, posting letters in a pneumatic tube, making our own stamps and playing the Post Bus game.
Numbers are limited here for social distancing, so we really felt comfortable. Adult had to wear masks indoors when we visited in early July. There was a one way system and lots of hand sanitiser around.
It was quiet when we visited on a Sunday afternoon. Totally recommend visiting, it’s such an interesting experience!
📍The Postal Museum, London WC1X 0DA
⏰ Open Thurs, Fri, Sun 10:30 – 5pm, Sat 10:30 – 6.30pm
🎟 Tickets must be booked in advance. Your ticket gives you one year entry to The Postal Museum and one ride on Mail Rail
🚊Nearest tube stations: Farringdon/Kings Cross/Russell Square/Chancery Lane
☕️ Cafe and loos on site
🍼 Buggy park at Mail Rail (you can take buggies inside The Postal Museum)
🕰 Time spent – around 2.5 hours
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