Bletchley Park is open daily. All visitors need to pre-book a timed entry slot online, to help us to maintain social distancing. We have a range of measures in place enabling you to enjoy exploring our historic buildings and beautiful, spacious grounds safely and securely.
Your support is more crucial than ever and, if you feel able to donate, we would be so grateful for your contribution. Your support will help enable us to safeguard the site and Trust.
Discover how Bletchley Park was vital to Allied victory in WW2. 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.
Families can expect an exciting, fun-filled full day out, exploring the collections with hands-on displays and interactives. With plenty of outdoor space and so many different areas around the park to explore, go on an adventure and uncover some surprising stories!
There is something for everyone to see & do, read on to find out more and plan your visit today.
We have a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions for you to enjoy, housed in our historic buildings, they piece togeher the stories of Bletchley Park.
We have a delicious range of food and drink options for you to enjoy. Our Café in Hut 4 and Coffee shop in Block C are open daily.
Explore this page to find out about all of our exhibitions and where our facilities are located including toilets and food and drink.
We have a range of events to enjoy at Bletchley Park as well as virtual events you can attend from the comfort of your own home.
As a Friend, you can enjoy free unlimited year-round access to our heritage site and museum, plus a range of other benefits including exclusive events, previews and discounts.
We offer award-winning learning sessions tailored to pupils of any age.
We offer award-winning learning sessions tailored to pupils of any age. Whether you are looking for an on-site visit, a virtual session or for us to come to you we have tailored session. Exciting hands-on demonstrations and engaging sessions will encourage learning about WW2, teamwork, codebreaking and much more.
Find out what went on at Bletchley Park during WW2: how the German Enigma operators tried to keep their messages secret, how they sent them and how the codebreakers listened in to these messages.
Please explore for important information related to your visit.
Our very own bursary scheme, funded by kind donations from external organisations, charities and individuals, allows eligible schools to experience Bletchley Park’s Learning programme for free.
Please find all of our frequently asked questions regarding learning visits, if you would like to ask any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Team through the contact form or via the phone.
We are now taking bookings for Learning sessions between 7 June and 31 July 2021. Bookings for the 2021/22 academic year are now also being taken.
We are now taking bookings for Outreach sessions between 7 June and 31 July 2021. Bookings for the 2021/22 academic year are now also being taken.
Why not treat somebody to a day out at Britain’s best kept secret! Let them walk in the footsteps of our amazing Codebreakers and sample the atmosphere of the original WW2 Huts and beautiful Victorian Mansion.
Find out more about the Bletchley Park Trust - who we are and what we do.
The Bletchley Park Roll of Honour lists all those believed to have worked in signals intelligence during World War Two, at Bletchley Park and other locations. Compiled from information in official sources, publications and provided by Veterans, friends and families.
The Bletchley Park Roll of Honour lists all those believed to have worked in signals intelligence during World War Two, at Bletchley Park and other locations.
The Roll of Honour has been compiled from information in official sources, publications and, most importantly, that provided by the veterans themselves, their former colleagues and families.
Our commemorative wall for the Veterans, families & supporters of Bletchley Park.
Our digital commemorative wall for the Veterans, families & supporters of Bletchley Park.
The Codebreakers’ Wall is a specially reserved area in the grounds of Bletchley Park for Veterans, their families and supporters of Bletchley Park.
How sponsoring a brick on our commemorative wall at Bletchley Park works.
Sponsor a brick today on our commemorative wall for the Veterans, families & supporters of Bletchley Park.
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Explore Bletchley Park’s stories, find out more about the history of the site, the people who worked here.
From Ancient Greece to the modern day people have been using increasingly complex codes and ciphers with the intention of communicating secretly and keeping information secure. Enigma was one such cipher. Students will enjoy the rare opportunity to use a genuine Enigma machine as well as encountering a range of historical codes and ciphers as they work together to decipher messages in order to solve a puzzle. This session includes an Enigma machine demonstration.
During this session pupils will:
Increase their knowledge of codes and ciphers and their uses throughout history.
Develop their understanding of the role that ciphers played during WW2, with specific reference to the Enigma machine and the wider operations of Bletchley Park.
Use and develop team working, problem solving and mathematical thinking skills, applying them to a practical codebreaking task.
Subject Focus: Maths, History, Computing
The German Military believed the Enigma cipher was unbreakable. They were wrong, but the Codebreakers were only able to break Enigma because of human error, complacency and predictable message formats. Students will examine a genuine Enigma machine to figure out for themselves what made Enigma such an effective cipher at the time and calculate the exact number of possible key settings per message. This session includes an Enigma machine demonstration.
Learn about and understand the operation, use and purpose of Enigma machines in WW2.
Work together to develop and apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to calculate the number of possible key settings per message for a standard army Enigma machine.
Subject Focus: Mathematics, History, Computing
More effective but less well known than the iconic Enigma machine, Lorenz was the cipher of the German High Command. It was so complex that it required the world’s first programmable electronic computer to break it. Students will learn some of the secrets of this machine, including its use of binary operations to generate a number of key settings that dwarfed that of Enigma.
Develop their knowledge and understanding of ciphers used in the past including those during WW2 and how they are relevant to modern day ciphers.
Understand the number of possible settings for a Lorenz machine and come to recognise the scale of the problem for codebreakers in WW2.
Work with others as a team to solve problems using their combined mathematical skills, including exploring the XOR function and Vernam ciphers in a historical context
Fiendishly difficult, the Lorenz cipher seemed impossible to break, but Bletchley Park Codebreaker John Tiltman’s inspired breakthrough paved the way for other codebreakers to unlock its secrets. His thought process is laid bare, and students will engage with a series of tasks of increasing complexity designed to give them a full understanding of Tiltman’s break. This session assumes some basic understanding of the Lorenz cipher.
Develop their knowledge and understanding of ciphers used in the past including those during WW2
Understand how a key logical step contributed to the breaking of a WW2 cipher, using ideas related to binary addition, the XOR operation and common language patterns
Work through a problem-solving procedure collaboratively based on real historical events
If you have a specific focus that is not currently catered for, please contact us to discuss possibilities.
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