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Postal Museum- London

Near Russel Square (15 min walk)/ Kings Cross (20 min walk)

I think this is one of the most underrated museums in London, often going under the radar of most visits. We love the Postal Museum and have been quite a few times.

A ticket includes access to the museum for a whole year and one turn on your first visit of the Postal Train.

The museum is split into 2 halves, basically comprising of the Main Reception, Cafe and main Museum on one side of the road and the Postal train and Sorted on the other.

The Museum itself has a lot of interactive elements, posting messages into the mail shoots is always a hit with my children! Dressing up and discovering the history in a fun way. We usually spend time here first and then grab a coffee/ eat lunch (tables outside too) and then head over to Sorted.

Sorted in an immersive mini play town, with a post office, slides, shoots, pulleys and so on. For ages 8 and under. It's on £4 for a session if booked online, remember to book this as well as your museum ticket and choose your slot (45mins). Its a lovely well kept activity.

Possibly the best part of this place is the postal train! Descend into the one hundred year old former engineering depot of Mail Rail – the Post Office railway – and board a miniature train into the original tunnels . Deep below Mount Pleasant sorting office take a trip on the old tracks that kept the post moving across London in a network of tunnels. They have a fascinating audio visual display providing commentary with voices of people remembering their times working there! Its really well done and captures child and adult imagination alike! Once you get off the train there are lots more interactive postal based activities to do. It really is a great day out.

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