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.
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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.
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.
Dee Church (née Doris Allen) drew this diagram of one of the large, multi-bayed single-storey blocks erected at Stanmore. As well as Bombe machines, each bay contained a small office for the Wren in charge and space for checking machines. These buildings were surrounded by blast walls which provided both protection from air attack, but also additional secrecy and security. The entrances were guarded by a small contingent of Royal Marines Police.
The Bombe machines at Stanmore were allocated to bays named after countries of the Commonwealth, and each machine after a city within those countries. The exceptions were the ‘West Indies’ bay where machines were named after islands, and the ‘Outposts’ bay which contained machines named after small ‘outposts’ of the Empire, such as Malta and Gibraltar. This Bombe name plate is from ‘New Zealand’ bay, which also contained machines named Otaki, Christchurch, Rotorua, Wanaka, Wellington, Gisborne and Nelson.
Nearly all staff working at Stanmore, mostly Wren Bombe operators and RAF mechanics, were accommodated on site. Work at Stanmore was much more regimented than at the “country-house” Outstations closer to Bletchley Park. Several Wrens noted the increase in duties including kit inspections and section drill on the parade ground. Stanmore reached its peak in June 1945, with 629 Wrens and 57 RAF mechanics, some of whom appear in this group photograph of C Watch in 1945.
Mary Podmore (Mary Desoutter) volunteered to join the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) straight from school in August 1943 and was asked to go for a medical in the following February. After 3 weeks of training she was posted to Stanmore where she worked as a Bombe Operator. She remembers, “We did feel we were doing something useful even though it was very monotonous and you had to be careful when setting up the Bombes. You did not talk about your work even with friends who may have worked in other parts of the Bletchley Park organisation. I had one friend at this time who worked in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park but did not find this out until after the war.”
Wren Mary Stewart was operating Bombes at Stanmore when the bomb fell on 18 December 1944. She remembers, “it was about 4 am, and suddenly the whole world seemed to be coming to an end. A V1 [German flying bomb] had landed about 25 yards away and a lot of the doors and windows had blown out. There was dust everywhere and my hands were shaking so much that I thought I would get a broom to sweep up some of the broken glass so that I could have something to hold on to. Funnily enough my hair stood on end, not from fright but from the blast. There was no real harm done to us but there was a huge crater which we all looked at in the morning.”
Wren Diana Wintersladen (on the left in this photograph) was a Teleprinter and Bombe Operator at Stanmore and part of the team that helped dismantle these machines after VE day. The female staff at Stanmore lived in a block almost identical to that housing the Bombe machines. The difference was that each bay held 50 Wrens in bunk beds rather than 10 Bombe machines.
Gabrielle Stack (Gabrielle Kingaby) joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 1943 having previously qualified as a music teacher. She and her best friend Libby Stevens were transferred to Stanmore from the Outstation at Adstock Manor because, she remembers, “we kept sneaking out at night and getting caught”. The move closer to London didn’t completely stop her adventures. “The station wasn’t too far away, and we could go up to London…We had a very good time, we used to go up to the West End and dance the nights away. I met my husband at the Overseas League at a tea dance, shortly before the end of the war.”
At the end of World War Two, many Wrens could not be demobilised due to the shortage of civilian jobs and they had to be assigned to different duties. Many were sent to Stanmore to be interviewed, among them Margaret “Peg” Jones (Peg Buchanan), a Bombe Operator in Hut 11 at Bletchley Park. The interview process was time-consuming. She remembers, “Instead of sitting around Stanmore, a few of us decided to sign each other’s white scarves and then embroider the signatures.”
In June 2000, Bletchley Park Trust arranged a visit to the site of Stanmore Outstation for 26 former Wrens and two former RAF engineers. Many of the Wrens had not seen each other for over 50 years. Jennifer Conduit (nee Davies), who had been a Bombe Operator at Stanmore, wrote, “Thank you so much for organising the Stanmore reunion – it was marvellous and I really went home on a high.”
Mary Desoutter (née Podmore), another of the Veterans who visited the site of Stanmore Outstation in June 2000, took several internal and external photographs. These provide a valuable record for our collection as these buildings have since been demolished and replaced by a modern housing estate.