Computer geek or WWII history buff, all will find their place at Bletchley Park. Home to the National Codes Centre, National Museum of Computing, and code-breakers during WWII, there is so much to explore at Bletchley. Nestled between Oxford and Cambridge, Bletchley Park was the UK’s main decryption centre during WWII. You can see where British forces intercepted coded messages between Hitler and the German high commands and where the ciphers and codes of the Axis countries were decrypted. The work that was done here is said to have saved 22 million lives during WWII!

Learn tales of intrigue, deception, and spies at Station X, the secret radio intercept station. You can see the largest collection of Enigma decoding machines, which changed the course of the war. Learn about the world’s first computer to which used valves to break encrypted German messages during the war. Put yourself in Alan Turing’s shoes in the wartime cinema which shows old newsreels to relive what life was like during these harrowing times. Relive England’s most worrying days during the war in the Winston Churchill collection. Man the rebuilt Diplomatic Wireless Service or explore the Naval, Military, and Air sections of the Code and Cipher School. You can even learn how our feathered friends helped the war effort in Pigeons at War!

Nestled in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Bletchley Park needs a full day to see all of its wonders. Why not bring a picnic lunch and wander along the lake? You can observe the native wildlife while kids explore the playground.

 

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 640404
Times: November – February, daily, 9.30am – 4pm
March – October, daily, 9.30am – 5pm