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.
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.
A few points we need to quickly note.
Explore Bletchley Park’s stories, find out more about the history of the site, the people who worked here.
The Western Front Committee was established at Bletchley Park in November 1942. It existed to coordinate all intelligence from across the Park which might be relevant to a forthcoming invasion of Northwest Europe and included senior representatives from the various departments. From February 1943 the committee began to produce reports according to a set format. Held in the archives of the Bletchley Park Trust and amounting to over 450 pages, these provide a unique insight into the sheer depth of the Codebreakers’ knowledge of the enemy in the run up to D-Day.
The committee’s first and most important task was to build up a comprehensive order of battle of German forces in the West, recording every unit, its location and its strength. Each report included up-to-date intelligence about German forces in France. By D-Day Bletchley Park had identified all 58 German divisions in France and the Low Countries. This extract of the report for 19th May 1944 mentions the 21st Panzer Division, which would be encountered by British troops on D-Day, and 1st and 12th SS Panzer Divisions, which would both be heavily involved in the ensuing battle for Normandy.
The comprehensive overall picture of enemy forces built up by Bletchley Park was vital for the D-Day planners, but sometimes individual pieces of intelligence could also be of great importance. Along with information about German armoured formations, the report of 26th May mentions the move of 91st Luftlande (Air Landing) Division to the Cotentin Peninsula, directly into the planned drop zone of the US 82nd Airborne Division. This intelligence came from a single intercepted message, and led to the invasion plan being altered on 30th May, only a week before D-Day.
The reports also record the origin of each piece of intelligence, demonstrating the breadth of the Codebreakers’ sources. This list from the 26th May report reveals that knowledge of 91st Luftlande Division’s movements derived from Jellyfish, the teleprinter link between Field Marshal von Rundstedt in Paris and the German High Command in Berlin enciphered on the Lorenz machine and decrypted in the Testery at Bletchley Park. By 1944 Hut 3’s sources included Enigma, teleprinter ciphers, low-grade non-machine ciphers, various Japanese diplomatic ciphers, traffic analysis, aerial reconnaissance, and reports from Allied agents and resistance organisations in occupied Europe.
The Western Front Committee also reported on German beliefs about Allied plans. Particularly useful were messages of the German military intelligence service, the Abwehr, which Bletchley Park had been reading since 1940. As this report from March 1944 shows, these demonstrated the chaotic state of German intelligence, which routinely produced wildly inaccurate and conflicting assessments of Allied forces and intentions. The Allies used such intelligence to monitor the effectiveness of their deception efforts, which encouraged the Germans to greatly overestimate the size of the invasion forces and hold divisions back from Normandy to counter further landings expected near Calais.
Much intelligence before D-Day came not direct from German sources, but via Germany’s ally Japan. The Japanese ambassador in Berlin, and military and naval attachés across Europe, sent reports on the German forces back to Tokyo – which were read by Bletchley Park. The thousands of Japanese Military Attaché messages intercepted and decrypted were indexed by subject on over 6000 cards which reveal the range of information they contained. This is one of numerous cards recording messages relating to the German army in France – though a later indexer has amended it to include forces in Russia.
Prominent individuals who appeared in the messages had their own index cards. This card is for Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Earlier messages refer to his command in North Africa in 1942, but by November 1943 he had taken over responsibility for German troops in Northern France and was overseeing the strengthening of the coastal defences there.
The reports of the Western Front Committee and the Japanese Military Attaché decrypts represent just two sources of intelligence among many which were fed into Hut 3, the section responsible for producing ULTRA intelligence concerning the German army and air force. The most important messages were summarised into ‘headlines’. This one refers to a message listing the names and locations of no fewer than seven Panzer divisions due to be visited by General Guderian.
From 1941 the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, received daily intelligence reports from Bletchley Park, including full copies of important messages. The headlines indicated which messages from the previous 24 hours to select from the mass of decrypts for inclusion in the red box which was placed on his desk each morning. As well as gathering intelligence about German ground forces, it was also important to monitor the progress of the air campaign to disrupt road and rail communications in France and the Low Countries, known as the Transportation Plan.
Doreen Tabor (later Nicholson) worked in Hut 3 from 1941 to 1945. By D-Day the section had moved from its namesake wooden hut into a new brick building, Block D. Nicholson recalls ‘this great enormous building which had a long corridor where we all had to hang our coats; it was very damp and smelt of raincoats. The place was very dark with the black-out, we kept the windows closed so as not to let out even a peep of light and the electric light didn’t give very good illumination at all. There was no romance in it, I liked the old huts. We knew little about Enigma, Hut 6 or where the information was coming from, but you knew what to do and you passed it on, and although we had no overall understanding, it worked.’