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.
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.
A group of staff at Eastcote Outstation in 1945 includes Robert Cooper Adamson. Adamson, a GPO (General Post Office) technician, installed and maintained Bombe machines at Eastcote from September 1942 to August 1945. He also worked at the Post Office Research Establishment at Dollis Hill, assembling sensing equipment. The other men in the photograph are unknown. If you can help to identify them, please let us know at [email protected]
Bletchley Park Veteran Rena Stewart (on the right, with her colleague Jeanne Tucker) recently donated digital scans of several photographs from her time in Germany in 1946. A German linguist, Stewart worked in Bletchley Park’s Hut 3 from 1944 to 1945. At the end of the war in Europe, she was posted to Bad Nenndorf, near Hanover in Germany, to continue her work as a translator. There, she and a colleague were tasked with translating Hitler’s will.
Veteran John James Doherty passed this cryptic poem to his children. He did not explain the significance of the letters in red, but left this handwritten note: “Lines written at BP during a solitary evening shift after the surrender of Germany in May 1945. Redundancy: the F.O. had just issued an instruction that certain temp C.S. were to be declared redundant but need not leave their posts until they were declared “finally redundant”. Alarm and Desp. [despondency]: during the War it had been a punishable offence to cause A. and D.”
This photograph of Elizabeth Louise Varnham (Bletchley Park Blocks D & E), accompanies a donation of a series of 22 letters she wrote to her fiancé, John Frame, from October to December 1945. The two met in 1944 in Kent while Elizabeth was visiting her family. John, a barrage balloon operator, had been attached to the RAF’s Balloon Command as they attempted to counter the threat from the German ‘doodlebugs’, or V-1 flying bombs. They married on 12 June 1946.
Lancelot Patrick Wilkinson, known as Patrick, was one of Bletchley Park’s early wartime recruits. His memoir – a digital copy of which is now in the Bletchley Park archives – records that he was first approached in the summer of 1938 to do ‘confidential work for the Foreign Office in the event of war’. Wilkinson was summoned to BP only two weeks after war broke out and assigned to Naval Section as a cryptanalyst specialising in Italian naval codes. In 1943 he was temporarily posted to Algiers and Malta with a group of BP Codebreakers including Wren Sydney Eason. Already engaged, but keeping it under wraps, the two married in 1944.
This airgraph was sent by Daisy Paterson, mother of BP Veteran Anne Runciman Paterson, to her husband, David Paterson Senior, on 30 April 1943. David, who had been injured in WW1, was working in the jute industry at Gondalpara Mill in Bengal. Sadly, he died from complications of his injuries during WW2. “Darling, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit slow in writing and I offer my humblest apologies. I’ve always been to write every week (sic) but I’ve really had a busy time lately. I had Grace Paterson from CB here for a week then on top of that I had the best man at the wedding and his girlfriend here for the Glasgow holidays and with all this rationing business it’s awfully difficult to provide a change of meals … Still receiving parcels all right, send back towels or bed sheets (large) anything in the linen line if you can. XXX”
A recent donation from the family of Veteran Alan Michell includes this scan of a handwritten version of poet Henry Reed’s ‘Naming of Parts’. Signed and dated 1942, Reed dedicates it to Michell – the two had met and become friends while working at Bletchley Park on Japanese codebreaking. ‘Naming of Parts’ is one of three poems concerned with basic army training in Reed’s best-known collection, ‘Lessons of the War’, published in 1946.
A group including Bletchley Park staff sit outside a house in Bletchley in a photograph donated by the family of Veteran Joan Lees. The people in the photograph are named on the reverse.
This 1945 photograph shows a group of WAAFs (Women’s Auxilliary Air Force) probably at RAF Church Green, where Air Force personnel working at Bletchley Park were accommodated. Second from the right in the back row is Kathleen Hales, who was a Teleprinter Operator in the Communications Centre. She said of the Church Green camp, ”It wasn’t very comfortable there. We were in huts 30 to a hut! As they were built in wintertime it was so cold. There were times when we passed the coal store and it was almost empty! We were tough and survived.”
This photograph, showing WAAF Jean Hunter (second from right) in c. 1943, was part of a larger donation of material relating to Jean’s WW2 service history. It included her wartime service records, recruitment and release documentation, and telegrams sent to her husband, Bill, as she travelled to join him in Canada after the end of the war in Europe.