London Postal Museum
Blue Badge Tours &
Fish and Chip Dinner!

Date:
7th February 2019
Destination
London
Route
Witchford, Ely, Soham & Newmarket
Price:
£69

 

Blue Badge Guide Tour of the Postal history around London, a visit to the new state of the art Postal Museum with a ride on the Mail Rail (the subterranean railway that once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the streets of London!) and a fish and chip dinner to end the perfect day!
 


Your Day
We meet our Blue Badge Tour Guide and visit the Museum of London. Here you can purchase refreshments before your tour begins (not icluded in excursion price).

We begin the tour and also have free time in Exmouth Market for lunch (not icluded in excursion price)
We then follow on with a coach tour ending at the Postal Museum.

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.

At the Postal Museum
We visit the brand new state of the art Postal Museum where five zones lead the visitors through five centuries of world-class curiosities. From the original sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II used to produce the iconic image replicated on 220 billion stamps to a five-wheeled Victorian post man’s bicycle and a priceless sheet of Penny Blacks. We enjoy a 20 minute tootle on Mail Rail - the 100 year old Post Office railway with miniature trains, stopping at original and largely unchanged station platforms where impressive displays show how the Post Office Pneumatic Railway once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the streets of London.
Health and safety requirements mean that access to the Mail Rail ride is restricted to those who are able to walk unaided on uneven terrain, in a confined space for up to 100m before climbing 70 steps to the surface. See below for more details*

Dinner
Enjoy a coach tour en route to Kennedys on Goswell Road for fish & chips with a hot drink.

 

*Mail-Rail Essential Information
Please note that visitors must be able to enter and exit the carriages independently. The carriages’ measurements are: floor to canopy (130cm); seat to top canopy (87cm); door to door width (80cm); and distance between seats (43cm). This is as a result of the tunnels that are 2.1 metres wide at their narrowest.

Due to the size of the ride it is not suitable for those who struggle with confined spaces. Please note, there is no option to exit the carriage once the ride has begun and it will last 15 minutes.

The audio-visual experience delivered during the ride contains flashing lights and may not be suitable for someone with photo-sensitive epilepsy.

The ride experience overall is loud, highly visually stimulating and immersive, so would not be suitable for those who may find this distressing.

 


Itinerary:

Pick-up Points
Witchford, Depot at 08:30 
Ely, Barton Road Car Park at 08:45
Soham, Blue Donkey at 09:00
Newmarket, Willie Snaith Road at 09:15

11:45 
Refreshments at the Museum (not included in excursion price).
Followed by a guided tour where we will see visible reminders of our postal History.
Free time for lunch in Exmouth Market (not included in excursion price).

13:15
A walk and coach tour before arriving at the Postal Museum at 14:30.
In the afternoon we ride the hidden tunnels on the Mail-Rail!
**Health and safety requirements mean that access to the Mail Rail ride is restricted to those who are able to walk unaided on uneven terrain, in a confined space for up to 100m before climbing 70 steps to the surface. The ride experience overall is loud, highly visually stimulating and immersive, so would not be suitable for those who may find this distressing or with photo-sensitive epilepsy**

17:00
Fish and Chips and a hot drink (included in excursion price) at Kennedys

18:45 
Departing home 

Price includes walking and coach tours, entry to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail ride, a fish and chip dinner with hot drink and luxury coach travel.
Please note refreshments and lunch are not included in the excursion price.
Please note that tickets/trips purchased are non refundable, but can be transferred to alternate passengers.

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