The Postal Museum, situated in the Mount Pleasant sorting office, was at one time the largest sorting office in the world and served all of the City of London EC and WC postal areas. It reveals the surprising and fascinating story of the first social network and covers the history of the postal service in the UK over five centuries covering everything from groundbreaking design and technology to the intimacy of personal letters. This is achieved by various exhibition displays and interactive galleries, each telling their own story.
During our visit we will also be able to travel on part of the Post Office railway, called the Mail Rail. It was a vital artery in Britain’s communication network, hidden from view and was an ingenious attempt by the Post Office to move mail around between Whitechapel to Paddington avoiding the central London congestion. The train ride will travel underground through tunnels varying in height from 7ft to 9ft in diameter with dim lighting and with stations of 25ft diameter. The train journey will last approximately 15 minutes.
Important Notes: If you were on the waitlist for the November visit you will need to apply again with a booking form, cheque and stamped addressed envelope.
The Mail Rail ride may be unsuitable for those with physical or mobility issues, claustrophobia, or a pre-existing condition that could be made worse by loud noises, flashing lights or confined spaces. Please check their website for details of physical access restrictions and ride conditions if you are unsure.
During your visit you may wish to visit the Counter Café which serves a variety of light snacks, lunches, cakes and drinks.