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The very British story of sending a letter from the Romans to the GPO including the Postal Museum and a ride on Mail Rail.

Meet the Blue Badge Tour Guide at the Museum of London at 10.30am for morning refreshments included in the tour fee. We begin our morning on foot to explore the very heart of GPO London and cover no more than 400 yards before the coach collects us to complete the morning 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 understand a Penny Post from the time before house numbers or indeed postmen who could read and write! There are tales of drunken poaching mail men, corrupt politicians, the Victorian internet and a canny public determined to avoid paying for their post. It’s a cracking tale.

Free time for lunch today in Exmouth Market with a thriving food market, traditional pubs and cafés. Or add a fish & chip lunch for £11pp.

In the afternoon we visit the Postal Museum for five centuries of world-class curiosities. From the sculpture of the Queen used on 220 billion stamps to a five-wheeled Victorian post man’s bicycle and a priceless sheet of Penny Blacks. Watch the iconic Night Mail film with words by WH Auden and music by Benjamin Britten and step into a Travelling Post Office to try your hand at sorting the mail just like in the film. And enjoy y a 20 minute tootle on Mail Rail - the subterranean railway that once whizzed four million letters a day y beneath the streets of London. Time to buy refreshments before heading home at 4.45pm.

Jam Buster Special Offer Option Meet at the Museum of London at midday for time to buy lunch, enjoy the full and unabridged guided tour and visit The Postal Museum with a ride on Mail Rail. Then when the rush hour kicks off enjoy one of the best fish & chip suppers in London with a hot drink and head home on emptier roads at 6.30pm  

Adults & Seniors: £32

Jam Buster Special Offer £39

Available weekdays throughout

the year except School Holidays

The Christmas Post

Arrive at midday for time to

buy a light lunch, visit the

Postal Museum with a ride on

Mail Rail and then sit back to

enjoy an entertaining coach tour

that combines the story of the

GPO with Christmas Lights &

Sights. Head home at 6.30pm

after a fish & chips supper.

Weekdays in Nov

Adults & Seniors: £39

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

5 miles