Mateys, did you know there was a secret network of tunnels all over London, that were used to transport letters and parcels around the city for over 75 years?
Abandoned for the last 10 years, The Postal Museum has officially reopened them as part of a historic exhibit; you can now see and travel them for yourself from just £8 per child and £16 per adult, most days of the year.
You'll also get entry to the Postal Museum Exhibition, where you can learn all about the history of mail in London.
- Travel dates: Open everyday (except 24-26 December) from 10am – 5pm
- Last train departs at 4.30pm
- Journey time: 15 minutes
- Location: The Postal Museum near Kings Cross station
- Price includes entry to The Postal Museum Exhibition, Mail Rail Exhibition & Mail Rail journey
- Adults and child tickets available
- Tickets are limited; advance bookings recommended
About the Museum
It's recommended that visitors spend 2-3 hours at the museum to fully appreciate all the history and learnings. You'll have access to the interactive exhibition where you will see old mail vehicles, learn about old stamps and posters, try your hand at pneumatic deliveries and even have a go at dressing up like an old postman.
You'll also journey back in time on a specially made train through the original tunnels and station platforms under Mount Pleasant. Descend into the former engineering depot of Mail Rail – the one hundred year old Post Office railway – board a miniature train and descend into the stalactite-filled tunnels. Pass deep below Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant sorting office, see the original and largely unchanged station platforms and be transported back in time. Take in a theatrical experience that peels back the layers of time to the railway’s lively 1930s heyday.
Located at The Postal Museum in Phoenix Place in London WC1X 0DA, the museum is a 15-minute walk from King's Cross tube station or Russell Square tube station.
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