Visit to the renewed Postal Museum and Mail Rail train.
On a Tuesday in early November at 12 noon.
Our planned visit this past February was cancelled at the very last moment, due to the Mail Rail trains’ technical problems. We hope for better luck this time!
The museum brings five centuries of communications history to life as it reveals the surprising and fascinating story of the first social network through their extraordinary collections.
From interactive galleries to an immersive subterranean rail ride, modern research facilities to a wide-range of learning activities, the Postal Museum offers something for everyone, from all backgrounds and of all ages.
Ultimately, behind The Postal Museum lies the Postal Heritage Trust, an independent charity created to protect and share this rich history.
The museum itself has its origins in the early 20th century. Building on very humble beginnings in the basements of the GPO headquarters, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Postal Museum in the City of London in 1969. Built partly to house an award-winning collection of British Victorian stamps – donated by Reginald Phillips in 1965 – the museum provided public access to its collections like never before.
The Postal Museum has recently opened a 1-kilometre stretch of the track in London’s Mail Rail to the public, which was the world’s first driverless electric mail rail, a vital artery in Britain’s communication network. This secret and forgotten rail has now been opened to the public.
Ride through these hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage. You will descend into the former engineering depot of the one hundred year old Post Office railway and board a miniature train and descend into stalactite filled tunnels to see among others the sorting office and the original and largely unchanged platforms.
After riding the Mail Rail you will discover even more about the history of the postal railway in the galleries and explore inspiring exhibitions packed with exciting stories behind the Mail Rail – from conception to resurrection. In the museum section, anticipated attractions include commemoratives stamps and telegrams from the night the Titanic sank.