Bletchley Park

A view of the Bletchley Park mansion and lake
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Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, is now a vibrant heritage attraction, open daily to visitors. Step back in time to experience the stories of the extraordinary achievements of the men and women who worked here.

A place of exceptional historical importance, Bletchley Park is also the birthplace of modern computing and has helped shape life as we know it today. Highlights include the restored Codebreaking huts, with their WW2 ambiance faithfully recreated, plus a stunning new visitor centre with an introductory exhibition and hands on displays. Enjoy the atmospheric soundscapes, buildings and parkland.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Summer
1 March- 31 October 9.30- 17.00

Winter
1 November- 28 February 9.30 - 16.00

Admission charges

ADULTS: £18.50
CONCESSIONS (OVER 60'S AND STUDENTS WITH VALID ID.): @ £16.25
CHILDREN 12 TO 16: @ £10.75
CHILDREN UNDER 12 (WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONLY): FREE (GROUPS OF CHILDREN WITH CLUBS, SUCH AS CUB SCOUTS, SHOULD CONTACT US IN ADVANCE.)
FAMILY TICKET: - (TWO ADULTS + TWO CHILDREN AGED 12 TO 16) @ £48.25

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association

Historic buildings and grounds
WW1, WW2
Relevant collections of signals intelligence
Codebreaking materials and machines
Europe's largest collection of Enigma machines
Typex machine, Lorenz machine
1940s room sets
Handling collection
Cyber Security
Oral history interviews
Bombe Rebuild Project
National Radio Centre

Collection details

Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, Archives, Personalities, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Espionage, spies & spying
  • Codes and codebreaking
  • Enigma
  • Computer history
  • Alan Turing
  • Dilly Knox
  • The Imitation Game
  • Gordon Welchman
  • Cyber Security
  • The Road to Bletchley Park
  • The Petard Pinch
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Young male interacting with exhibition screen

Secrecy and Security - Keeping Safe Online

  • 1 July 2014 — 1 February 2020 *on now

This exhibition, sponsored by McAfee, has been upgraded with improved interactive and audio experiences. Drawing a direct link with the data processing that happened in Block C during WW2 and the ever-evolving cyber threat, the display will teach visitors how to safely navigate cyberspace.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/cyber-security-exhibition

Man and woman watching an exhibition video

The Road to Bletchley Park

  • 5 June 2015 — 1 February 2020 *on now

The Road to Bletchley Park, sponsored by BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, celebrates the pioneering achievements of those who waged a secret war – and how they paved the way for the Codebreakers of World War Two.

The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”

The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Block C Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the War Office, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.

The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”

The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/the-road-to-bletchley-park

Exhibition

Off Duty: High Spirits in Low Times

  • 30 March 2017 — 1 January 2019 *on now

Long and unpredictable shifts often impacted on the health and wellbeing of staff at Bletchley Park during World War Two. In order to keep staff fit and well and able to work, senior management came to the decision that facilities and a welfare programme were needed for when they weren’t working. From sporting events and plays, to trips to the cinema and US dances, visit our exhibition Off Duty: High Spirits in Low Times to find out about the recreational activities that the Codebreakers and their colleagues enjoyed on and off site.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/off-duty-high-spirits-in-low-times

Photo of Bill Tutte

Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker

  • 15 May 2017 — 15 May 2019 *on now

To celebrate the centenary of Bill Tutte’s birth, our newest exhibition gives an insight into the life and work of this elite codebreaker.

Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, made an often overlooked achievement in unravelling the working of the Lorenz machine, a more complex system than Enigma that was used by the German high command. This allowed Bletchley Park to decode some of the most top-secret messages sent during the war and paved the way for the creation of Colossus, the world’s first semi-programmable electronic computer.

After the war, Tutte’s work in graph theory led to some of the key mathematical developments that have shaped the internet today, such as the science behind search engines.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/bill-tutte-mathematician-codebreaker

Bletchley Park Mansion

Veterans’ Stories exhibition

  • 16 February 2018 — 16 February 2023 *on now

The Veterans’ Stories exhibition showcases some of the many stories of life and work at Bletchley Park during WW2.

The exhibition uses Bletchley Parks Oral History collection and the Roll of Honour to allow Veterans to tell their own stories through photographs, quotes and audio points. Twenty four Veterans from all aspects of signals intelligence are included, from cooks to Codebreakers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/veterans-stories-exhibition

Taken from inside the exhibition with the replica of the Polish Bomba machine in the centre

What's on Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough

  • 24 March 2018 — 1 March 2028 *on now

A permanent exhibition that tells the story of the Bombe machines in the actual location that housed the machines which broke Enigma.

Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough explains in detail the challenges posed by Enigma and explores how Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and others devised a machine to help solve it. Using the museum’s Oral History archive and historic objects, it also considers how this contribution to the success of Allied signals intelligence had a significant impact on the course of WW2.

Wartime objects on display include original blueprints and components, decrypted Nazi messages and the W.R.N.S visitors’ book signed by key figures in the Bletchley Park story, including the GPO engineer Tommy Flowers. Some of the documents in the exhibition have never been seen by the public before. Huts 11 and 11A were amongst several wartime buildings that housed Bombe machines, but they are the only ones located within the Bletchley Park site.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/hut-11a-the-bombe-breakthrough

Art piece

Systems of Philosophy - Wall(paper)s of Mind

  • 14 July — 28 October 2018 *on now

Sally Annett’s work, inspired by the archive collection at Bletchley Park, investigates both the historical content of the archive and the material nature of the diverse items within it. Drawing on themes of internationalism and the fragmentation of information, her works reference many questions that still persist: the many staff whose names are not recorded, the fragmented intercepted messages that were the Codebreakers’ raw material, their scribbled notes and workings-out, the thousands of individual parts of machines such as the Bombe and, above all, the layers of secrecy.

This exhibition is in parallel with an exhibition at Wrest Park of printmaking and artworks by Sally Annett, inspired by the collections of English Heritage. Wrest Park houses the famous Zuber and Chinese wallpapers and the entire collection of wallpapers for English Heritage with over 1500 examples. Over the summer there are lectures, demonstrations and workshops running at both places. The exhibition at Wrest Park runs from 15 June – 21 July.

Annett has worked in collaboration with Susan Johanknecht and La Livresse and the project is supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/systems-of-philosophy-wallpapers-of-mind

Female Codebreakers at Bletchley Park

80 years of the ATS - pop up display

  • 7 September 2018 — 10 March 2019 *on now

September 2018 marks 80 years since the formation of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). On display in The Garages, this pop up display reveals the contribution the ATS made at Bletchley Park and beyond during World War Two. By the end of the war around 414 members of the ATS worked at Bletchley Park in signals intelligence and support roles. However, beyond BP, hundreds of ATS personnel intercepted enemy transmissions and sent them to BP for decryption every day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/80-years-of-the-ats-pop-up-display

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Bletchley Park Mansion at sunset captured with lake in foreground.

Blackout Bletchley

  • 26 — 27 October 2018 5:30-9:30pm

In this exciting immersive event, you have been selected to join the Codebreakers; and it is on this particular dark October night that you arrive for your induction.

Starting with a drink and cake in our Visitor Centre you will experience the thrill of entering Bletchley Park as a new recruit, explore the site after dark and see what the night-time residents got up to at work and play. Don’t forget to bring your torches and wrap up warm!

Of course, in this dimly-lit world of ciphers, spies and secrecy nothing is what it seems; be prepared for some surprises along the way.

You can choose from ten tour times with a maximum of 12 people per a tour, and use the rest of your visit to explore our Visitor Centre and museum in Block B.

This is a fundraising event for The Bletchley Park Trust and has been created in association with The Pantaloons. Find out more at www.thepantaloons.co.uk - Please note that some elements of the event have been created for theatrical purposes.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Bletchley Park
Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK3 6EB

Getting there

By car – Junction 13 off the M1. Using Sat-Nav? Please enter Sherwood Drive MK3 6DS as the postal address may take you to the wrong location. There is limited, free on-site parking available for cars, but car parking cannot be reserved. The car park includes 2 electric car charging points for visitors to use.

By train – We are a few minutes walk from Bletchley train station, with links to London Euston (approx. 40 mins) and Birmingham New Street.

By bus – The nearest bus station is Bletchley bus station with inter-urban links to the Milton Keynes area and beyond.

Admission

Adult - £27.00
Friends of Bletchley Park - £24.30
Child (12 - 17 yrs) - £17.00
Child (under 12) - £10.00

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/blackout-bletchley-3

Santa

Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto - Autism friendly opening

  • 1 December 2018 10am-3pm

The sights, sounds and festive sensations of Christmas can be exciting but also a challenge for many children. We would love our activities to be accessible to more children and so are offering this dedicated grotto session, particularly aimed at those with autism or other sensory conditions.

We will aim to:

– adjust the lighting level to suit your child
– turn music off if preferred
– offer you the chance to discuss any particular triggers for your child with us in advance

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs with us in more detail, please email learning@bletchleypark.org.uk

Step back in time at Bletchley Park and experience a 1940s style Christmas Grotto. Father Christmas will be at home in the Library in the Mansion throughout December. Every child will receive a present and have the opportunity to enjoy festive crafts while you wait.

Tickets must be booked 24 hours in advance and time slots to visit the Grotto will be allocated on arrival at Bletchley Park.

When booking you must select a ticket that states grotto entry.

If you wish to purchase grotto tickets for children aged 12 – 17 and they currently hold a valid season ticket, please contact the Bookings team on 01908 272 673. Annual season tickets must be shown at admissions upon entry.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Grotto Entry
12 to 17 - £17.50
Under 12 - £7.00

Standard Admission
Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/vintage-1940s-christmas-grotto-autism-friendly-opening

Santa and a Christmas tree

Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto

  • 2 December 2018 10am-3pm
  • 8 — 9 December 2018 10am-3pm
  • 15 — 16 December 2018 10am-3pm
  • 20 — 22 December 2018
  • 23 December 2018 From 10am

Step back in time at Bletchley Park and experience a 1940s style Christmas Grotto. Father Christmas will be at home in the Library in the Mansion throughout December. Every child will receive a present and enjoy festive crafts and music while you wait.

Tickets must be booked 24 hours in advance and time slots to visit the Grotto will be allocated on arrival at Bletchley Park.

When booking you must select a ticket that states grotto entry.

If you wish to purchase grotto tickets for children aged 12 – 17 and they currently hold a valid season ticket, please contact the Bookings team on 01908 272 673.

The Grotto is an additional charge to our standard annual season ticket. All annual season tickets will need be to be presented on entry to Bletchley Park.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 16-17
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

Grotto Entry
12 to 17 - £17.50
Under 12 - £7.00

Standard Admission
Adult - £18.50
Concession - £16.25
12 to 17 - £10.75
Under 12 - £0.00
Family - £48.25

Website

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/tickets?type=Bletchley%20Park%20Christmas%20Grotto&start=02-12-18#/

Bletchley Park
Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK3 6EB
England

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Events Calendar

https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on

E-mail

enquiries@bletchleypark.org.uk

Telephone

01908 640404

Fax

+44 (0) 1908 274381

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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