Bletchley Park is the location where the code breakers of World War 2 did their work and is now an attraction where visitors can learn about what they did and is located in Bletchley near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.
A Victorian estate set in the Buckinghamshire countryside was the location used for the government wartime department called the Government Code and Cypher School. It was where the mathematicians devised ways to break codes and operators deciphered encrypted messages. During the war a series of huts were constructed to house the employees and some of these buildings have been restored to their World War II state and now house galleries and exhibits about the activities that went on here during the war.
Some of the things on display include the world’s only fully working, restored Turing-Welchman Bombe machine used for decrypting encrypted messages and Enigma machines. Visitors can also see a gallery about the life and work of Alan Turing, a statue of him and his restored office. Other exhibits include The Bletchley Park Timeline about how the work at Bletchley influenced the course of the war, Hut 11 has information about the women who worked the decryption machines, the Royal Pigeon Racing Association exhibition explains how racing pigeons were used during the war, the office of Alistair Denniston the head of the organisation, The Home Front exhibit about the lives of people left at home and the Japanese Challenge an exhibit about trying to break messages encrypted by the Japanese.
Other things to see include the wartime garages housing a selection of wartime vehicles. Guided outdoor walking tours available. Children’s playground. Also located at the attraction is the National Radio centre a museum about the history of radio communications (entry included in admission price) and the National museum of computing for which there is an additional charge.
- Free car parking.
- Shop selling souvenirs.
- Hut 4 café serving freshly prepared hot meals, snacks and beverages.
Opening Times & Ticket Prices:
- Please visit the Bletchley Park website for opening times and prices.
Before you start your journey to Bletchley Park for your day out, we recommend that you check their website or contact them to confirm opening times and admission prices.