THE PEOPLE’S POST
There are two types of people in the world. Those who remember the red telephone boxes with the A & B buttons. And those who don’t. This tour tells the very British story of sending a letter from the Romans to the coming of the GPO with a guided tour in the morning followed by a visit to the new Postal Museum including a ride on Mail Rail -
Meet the Blue Badge Tour Guide in the City of London at 10.30am for morning refreshments included in the tour fee. We can tailor the morning to suit you. For more active groups we can do the whole thing on foot or, if you prefer, we’ll stretch our legs just a little and use the coach for the bulk of the tour.
We are going to discover nothing less than how the ingenuity of the postal service shaped the world we live in today. From the coffee houses of Samuel Pepys’ day to the old inns where scarlet clad, blunderbuss wielding guards announced their departure with a blast on their mail horns. We follow the visual clues of old parish markings, street signs, property marks and shop signs to deliver our Penny Post letters from the time before house numbers or indeed postmen who could read and write! Eyewitness accounts bring the story to life with tales of drunken poaching mail men, corrupt politicians, the Victorian internet and a canny public utterly determined to avoid paying for their post. It’s a cracking tale.
We see how the GPO added to a busy landscape of street furniture alongside the existing bollards and milestones, cattle troughs and stink pipes as we wend our way, quite literally from pillar to post.
Free time for lunch today in Exmouth Market with a thriving food market, traditional pubs and cafés and a secret park full of benches provides plenty of choice. Alternatively please ask about adding a lunch for your group to eat together.
In the afternoon we visit the brand new state of the art Postal Museum where five zones lead the visitor through five centuries of world-
Watch the iconic Night Mail film with words by WH Auden and music by Benjamin Britten and then step into a replica Travelling Post Office and try your hand at sorting the mail just like in the film. There will be time to buy refreshments before heading home at 4.45pm.
Adults & Seniors: £32
Includes morning refreshments
Available all year except kids school holidays
Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019
The walking content can be tailored to your
group starting from a minimum rating of
one which means 400 metres (440 yards).
This tour is also available as a Jam Buster
running from midday to 6.30pm.