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18th June – The People’s Post

This trip is an opportunity to learn the very British story of sending a letter, from the time of the Romans to the GPO. We’ll visit the Postal Museum and take a ride on the Mail Rail.

We travel by coach to meet our guide at the Museum of London where we’ll have morning refreshments. The tour begins on foot (no more than 400 yards) when we learn the colourful history of the postal service in London.

We complete the morning tour by coach before we have some free time for lunch in Exmouth Market with its thriving food market, traditional pubs and cafés.

In the afternoon we visit the Postal Museum which contains five centuries of world-class curiosities. We’ll enjoy a 20-minute ride on Mail Rail, the subterranean railway that once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the streets of London. (Please note that in an emergency you’d have to be able to walk 100 yards without a stick and it may not be suitable for claustrophobia sufferers.)

There’ll be time for refreshments before we head home at 4.45pm.

Please note that there is a certain amount of walking as described above and this trip may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

Cost: £44.50 per person including coach, morning refreshments, tour fees and tips

Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time to allow for checking in.

Please reply promptly and send the completed application form and your cheque for £44.50 made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) plus a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Moira Shearer, 35c St Andrews Square, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4EG – Tel: 020 8390 6356.

If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email. This will include any changes to timings so please check your mailbox regularly.

Boarding time/points:

  • ·  9am High Street, Kingston, opposite the Rose Theatre
  • ·  9.15am Ewell Road, Surbiton, ‘Telephone Exchange’ bus stop