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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail

  • Museums
  • Clerkenwell
  • Recommended
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum
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Time Out says

The Postal Heritage Trust is a charity responsible for the archive and museum collections of Royal Mail, which contain records dating from 1636 and include reports, maps, posters and photos, plus stamps and objects documenting the development of the Post Office.

The museum has five zones exploring 500 hundred years of the postal world’s most significant events, with interactive exhibits, sculptures and sheets of rare stamps. Ogle at a gold Olympic post box, decipher Morse code at a 1930s writing bureau, taken on the role of a Mail Coach guard in an interactive game and watch films by the General Post Office’s own film unit including ‘Night Mail’ with words by W H Auden and music from Benjamin Britten.  

Tickets will also give access to the newly opened and revamped Mail Rail, a clandestine set of tunnels originally opened on 1927 and used to shuttle post around London for almost 80 years before its closure in 2013.

Details

Address:
15-20
Phoenix Place
London
WC1X 0DA
Transport:
Tube: Russell Square
Price:
Ticket includes unlimited access to The Postal Museum for one year from the date of your visit and one ride on Mail Rail, valid on your first visit to the Museum. Adult £16; 16-24 year olds £11; Children £9; Disabled Adult + companion £14; Disabled Young Person + companion £9; Disabled Child + companion £7; National Art Pass £6
Opening hours:
Closed Mon-Wed; Thurs-Fri 10:30am-5:00pm; Sat 10:30am-6:30pm; Sun 10:30am-5:00pm
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Postal Museum Tunnel Walks

  • Walks and tours

The Mail Rail in Clerkenwell is part of the London Postal Museum. It’s a unique, 100-year-old, underground railway, separate from the tube network, that was used to ferry post across the capital in the twentieth century. It eventually stopped running in 2003, but a decade later the Mail Rail reopened for visitors and now people can explore the tunnels on foot. This very exclusive guided walking tour gives access to the tunnels, tracks and station platforms of the railway. Expert guides will tell the story of the rail line – through peacetime and war – and no doubt offer a creepy anecdote or two, in case walking along a tunnel under millions of tons of London clay doesn’t provide enough of a frisson. 

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