Bletchley Park

Museums, History London
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Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

Bletchley was the centre for codebreaking and military intelligence during WWII. An exhibition commemorates the capture by British forces of the Enigma machine and codebooks 70 years ago. Older children will be fascinated by talk of secret missions and the race to decode complex passwords and secret languages. There’s also a code trail that lets them have a go. The homefront displays and the small cinema showing wartime showreels are always a hit too. Small children will enjoy the display cases of period toys, as well as the playground and open spaces of the 29 acre site. There’s also a giant chess set in the gardens.


Venue name: Bletchley Park
Address: The Mansion Sherwood Drive
Opening hours: Mar 1-Oct 31 9.30am-5pm daily; Nov 1-Feb 28 9.30am-4pm daily
Transport: Rail: Bletchley
Price: £17.75, £15.75 over-60/student, £10.50 under-18, free under-12, £46.25 family (two adults and two children).
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Karen N

Thoroughly enjoyed a day out at Bletchley Park, and glad that the entry ticket is valid for another 12 months. Bletchley Park is where codebreakers, linguists and over 9000 British people worked during WW2 to decipher encrypted messages sent by axis power. It is packed with lots of historical and technological information, but presented in an easy to understand and interactive way. The museum spans across multiple sites and huts, and they were restored brilliantly. The star of the show is the Bombe, built to help crack the Enigma code - so make sure you stay for the live demonstration. The whole venue is also very access friendly, so bring your kids and older family members too!


I found this place fascinating. Not sure what the other reviewer is going on about - the audio/video guide was brilliant, giving you options to watch a basic introduction to each part of the site or further videos to learn more. The guide was included in the entry fee, as was a paper map. Spent a good 2-3 hours wandering around the place. They also have a small but interesting exhibition about the film 'The Imitation Game' which is set there, with interesting props and costumes on display. Less than 2 hours from London and definitely worth a visit.


Not recommended if your hard of hearing and you cannot use the multimedia guide with headphones You don't get the opportunity to get a general map for the park (not availabie to buy). unless you buy the complete guide for a small A6 size map on the back Plus, it's extra price for the museums entrance hall with the colossus computer. Plenty of empty rooms in the huts and the mansion house is nearly empty too. Don't waste your time, just read about it on the internet !