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We had the most loveliest of visits to the very sweet, and perfect family museum, the Postal Museum, which is just a quick 15 minute walk from Kings Cross station.
It’s a very lovely day out for special family time, and one to add to your agenda if you haven’t already been, especially with half term coming up! I liked the fact it has lots of interactive elements and bite sized bits of information to capture growing minds attention (and easy readable chunks for us trying to manage a toddling toddler on the go!). I personally love the fact that the site is of course held on the old Mount Pleasant sorting office site, which holds so much history, and was one of the largest sorting offices in the world.
We started off our session in the Sorted! Play area, which has a super cute and very realistic sorting area, complete with vests to wear and mail trolleys to push (which Sonny adored, and got equally frustrated with not realizing his 16 month year old self couldn’t quite push it as he could his plastic walker at home!), mini post offices to play in, mini towns with building blocks perfect to entertain Sonny. This area you can book as a stand alone visit, and therefore you need to book this separately to the museum entrance (just £4 if you book online).
We then enjoyed the museum, learning the wonderful history of the start of the mail in England (thank you to Henry VIII who devised the post system with stations known as posts, and horses to take the mail around!), and more recent popular features of the British mail, including the British postcard!
We finished with the Mail ride (last photo on the right above), which are like tiny bullets- small as they once held the mail themselves! We were worried tiny Sonny might get a bit spooked and kick off whilst deep in part of the 15 minute tour (short enough but lengthy enough if with a screaming child), but he seemed to find the whole thing really soothing which was great! Mum and dad could relax!
The nitty gritty:
- Super close to Kings Cross station and all the amenities
- Lovely large café, with highchairs, shop on site perfect for little ones to take home a memento
- Sorted Play, which is bookable separately
- The museum ticket will get you back into the museum unlimited for a year, which makes it great value (and also includes one ride on the legendary Mail Ride too) How cool is that!
- Free for children under 3
- Cheaper if you book online
Website details: https://www.postalmuseum.org/
Have you been to the Postal museum yet?! Such a great one for forthcoming half term ideas!