MuseumSights and activitiesBath Postal Museum

Price £5

The ​​Bath Postal Museum is a small museum with exhibits about the history of the postal service, both in Britain and around the world.

The museum is in the Grade II listed building that was home to Bath’s main post office between 1822 and 1854 and it was here that the world’s first stamp was reported to have been posted on 2 May 1840.

What to see at the Bath Postal Museum

The museum has exhibits about the history of the postal service including displays about the history of the postbox and the life and legacy of notable figures involved in the post office including Ralph Allen, Thomas Moore Musgrave and John Palmer.

Although it is only a small museum, it has a rich collection that includes artefacts dating from as early as 2000 BC. It also includes a collection of vintage post boxes and a replica Victorian-era post office.

Exhibits at the Bath Postal Museum include a collection of Victorian-era post boxes. (Photo: Mark Anderson [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Exhibits at the Bath Postal Museum include a collection of Victorian-era post boxes. (Photo: Mark Anderson [CC BY-SA 2.0])

Visiting the Bath Postal Museum

The Bath Postal Museum is located inside the post office on Northgate Street in the centre of Bath. Most points of interest in the city centre are no more than a 10-minute walk from here.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. It is mostly on one level and there is a stairlift available.

Due to coronavirus-related measures, the Bath Postal Museum is only open to four people at one time.

If you enjoyed this museum you may also want to visit the Postal Museum in London.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access

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