Bath Postal Museum

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The Bath Postal Museum tells the history of 4000 years of communication from clay mail to e-mail. With colourful and frequently changing exhibitions, there is something for everyone. Learn about famous locals Ralph Allen and John Palmer. Listen to the lives of postal workers past and present. Find out what it was like on a mail coach. Hear about 'The History of Writing' with actor Richard Briers. We all love a good story and Bath Postal Museum is full of them.

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Opening hours

November-Mid February
Mon-Sat 11:00-4:30
Last entry at 4:00
Mid February-March
Mon-Sat 11:00-17:00
Last entry at 4.30

Mon-Sat 1100-1700

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed: Sun
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Adults: £3.50
Children: £1.50
Students £1.50
Over 60's: £3.00
Concessions : £3.00
Under 5's: Free


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library is avaliable for research purposes, by appointment only

Starting at 2000BC, displays cover the development of letter writing, the carrying of letters and their cost. The story of Ralph Allen's revolutionary postal system and John Palmer's innovative mail coach organisation are told. Reconstructed Victorian and 1930's Post Offices tell the story of the development of the Post Office. A unique exhibition on Airmail and collections ranging from letter boxes to Ship Wreck Mail are part of the permanent exhibitions. The library is available for research via prior arrangement.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Film and Media, Land Transport, Maritime, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ralph Allen
  • John Palmer
  • Thomas Moore Musgrave
  • Mail Coach
  • 1840 Penny Black First Stamp
  • 1930 Sub Post Office
  • Wooden Advertisement BoyWall Letter Box Development
  • Sea Wreck Covers
  • Airmail Flights
  • Roman, Georgian & Victorian Computer Games
  • Children's activities
  • Die cast models of Postmen & Pillar Boxes

Bath Postal Museum
27a Northgate Street




01225 460333


01225 460333

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