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.
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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.
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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.
Bletchley Park had been compiling vital intelligence for Allied commanders for over 18 months in the run up to D-Day, but the Codebreakers also supported the operation as it unfolded.
Notably, around the date of the invasion (May-July 1944), Bletchley Park took the risk of intercepting enemy messages directly on site in order to speed up the codebreaking process. Secret listeners in Hut 18 (formally Hut 8) were monitoring German Enigma traffic round the clock to monitor the response to the invasion, as well as any threats to the invasion fleet at sea, and the movement of troops in northern France – so that nothing was left to chance. By D-Day, the 7,000 strong workforce at Bletchley Park were decrypting almost 5,000 Enigma messages a day.
The transcripts of the intercepted and decoded messages from 7 and 8 June 1944 should give a powerful sense of what it was like to be at Bletchley Park during this time, following the progress of the Normandy landings through the reactions of the Germans to the long-anticipated invasion. The 7,000 strong workforce at Bletchley Park were decrypting almost 5,000 Enigma messages a day, so these 182 messages represent just a fraction of their output on 6 June.
Starting from 23.58 GMT on 5 June, when German naval units were put on alert, to the following night by which time 156,000 Allied troops had landed by sea and air, the messages reveal how the Germans slowly realised that the Allied invasion in the West had begun. The Western Allies had landed in Normandy and not Calais as the Germans had been led to believe.
David Kenyon, Bletchley Park’s Research Historian and author of Bletchley Park and D-Day said: “These messages give a powerful insight into the Germans reaction to D-Day. Over the course of the day, you can see the German commanders try to understand the scale of the invasion, sifting through fact and subterfuge to find out what was really going on.”
Messages sent by German naval commanders at all levels on 6 June 1944 report on the first airdrops and reference the dummy parachutists used to divert attention from the main landing zones; describe the German navy’s first responses to sightings of Allied ships, resulting in a sharp and violent engagement between torpedo boats and the landing force steaming towards Sword Beach; and give a blow-by-blow account of the desperate efforts of the Marcouf battery to resist the landings at Utah Beach.
For most of the war, Bletchley Park relied on secret listening stations, known as ‘Y’ stations, to intercept enemy messages, but for 8 weeks in May-July 1944, Bletchley Park took the risk of intercepting enemy messages on site in order to speed up the codebreaking process. Secret listeners in Hut 18 were monitoring German Enigma traffic to monitor the reaction to the invasion, any threats to the invasion fleet at sea, and the movement of troops in northern France.
Time stamps on the messages show how they were intercepted, decrypted and translated at Bletchley Park, then sent via teleprinter to Allied commanders within two and a half hours. The teleprinted copies of these messages are held at The National Archives but Bletchley Park is home to a collection of 246 of these original messages, handwritten by the Watch Officer in Naval Section at the final stage in the codebreaking process, before being sent by teleprinter to Allied commanders. Covering the period 6 – 8 June, these rare surviving examples of part of the codebreaking process were donated to Bletchley Park in 2014 and feature in the immersive exhibition D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion. (please insert link to D-day exhibition)
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