The Post Office: it offers more than stamps!

Post Office

Have you visited the Post Office in The Galleries lately? Located on the top floor, it offers so much more than stamps!

We recently spent a few minutes chatting to Jason, the amiable branch manager and discovered we didn’t know about half of the services he and his team provide.

Order your passport or driving licence at the Post Office

We knew that the Post Office offers a very useful check and send service for UK Passport applications but did you know there’s a similar service for UK Driving Licence renewals?

Renew your driving license at the Post Office

You can be fined up to £1000 if your licence expires but the Post Office makes renewal easy. They’ll take your photo, make sure your signature meets DVLA standards and check your application.

When all that’s done, they send it straight to the DVLA and you can relax because your application is in safe hands. The service, including the photo and postage, costs £4.50 plus the DVLA charge of £17, a total of £21.50.

Get your holiday money at the Post Office

If you’re planning your holidays, or a business trip, don’t forget the Post Office’s Bureau de Change – it’s commission free and they keep almost every currency in stock.

Get your holiday money at the Post Office

Get insured at the Post Office

When ordering your currency think about taking out travel insurance too. It’s an award-winning service and one huge benefit for families is that children go free!

Additionally,  they currently have great deals on home insurance and over 50s car insurance and offer to beat your renewal by at least £50 on a like for like basis.

Over 50s car insurance at the Post Office

You can buy life insurance there too and other financial services available include a wide range of current and savings accounts.

Also, don’t forget the Post Office if you’re planning to move home. There is a mortgage adviser in branch, Kevin Hynam, who can be contacted on 01179 251784 or by email at

Buy gifts at the Post Office

Looking for a special gift? There’s a philatelic section for those who have a passion for stamp collecting and you can also buy Royal Mint Collectable Coins. Either would make great presents for christenings, 18th birthdays etc. There’s a good range of greetings cards too.

Pick up stamps and postal orders at the Post Office

Of course the Post Office in The Galleries offers all the services you would expect as well. You can buy some stamps or postal orders and even use self-service machines, thus avoiding the queues if the item you wish to post weighs two kilos or less.

Opening Times

Click HERE for the opening times.

Manager’s Top Tip

Jason’s advises busy customers to visit in the morning, before 11.30am, as that’s when it’s quietest.