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.
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Explore Bletchley Park’s stories, find out more about the history of the site, the people who worked here.
In June 1942, 20-year-old Dorothy Robertson (Smith) graduated from Aberdeen University with a knowledge of French and German. She signed up for the WRNS. After her basic training at Mill Hill, in a medical research institute that had been converted for WRNS training, Robertson was sent to Wimbledon for an exhausting two-week linguistics course. She passed the final examinations at the end of the course, and became an Intercept Operator based at Withernsea and Scarborough, listening in to signals sent by German E-boats and R-boats. In 2001 she wrote her memories of her wartime service.
Diana Rosemary ‘Bobby’ Stewart was a FO Civilian recruited for her linguistics knowledge to Bletchley Park in 1943. She worked in Naval Section until the end of the war. This typescript sheet of specialist German vocabulary was used by Stewart and includes translations for gun parts.
As part of her intensive preparation to take up her role with GC&CS at Bletchley Park, Diana Stewart had to learn how to read German handwriting in order to translate it into English. This book by H. Oskar Sommer, first published c.1900, was adapted for use during the war. It is a revision aid for people taking linguistics exams and gives samples of German handwriting alongside typescript translations.
As well as German vocabulary, many staff at Bletchley Park had to learn German abbreviations. This document features a list of common military abbreviations with their German full form and English translation. This series of papers also comprises of several troubleshooting-style sections on the most common errors in telegraphic transmission and common Morse confusion. Mistakes and garbles made when intercepting a message could survive the decryption process and had to be put right when a message was translated.
Anne Hill (Zuppinger) wrote to Bletchley Park in April 2000 about her time recruiting and training WRNS to work on the Bombe machines and later in the war, on Colossus machines. Arriving in 1941 and leaving well after VE Day, Anne saw the growth of Bletchley Park first-hand.
Bletchley Park Veteran Margaret Mary Dickinson (Holland) had an ‘English-German German-English Military Dictionary’ to help with her work. Reprinted commercially in 1941, this dictionary by L. von Carstenn paid special attention to technical terms employed by the Navy and the Air Force. The book also includes military sporting terms and soldiers’ slang. This diagram describing in English and German the parts of a cartridge is an appendix to the dictionary. Dickinson has made her own additions in pencil for reference.
This excerpt from a cryptography course, taken by Bletchley Park Veteran Angus Mackintosh, teaches the student how to encipher using the Vigenere table. The Vigenere method of encryption uses a series of interwoven ciphers based on a keyword. Originating in the 16th century, the system was still taught during WW2.
Lt Cecil George worked at Bletchley Park from 1942 until 1944 when he was posted to the Wireless Experimental Centre in New Delhi. This excerpt is taken from a pocket-sized ‘Manual of Military Intelligence in the Field’ issued to George during his wartime career. The manual outlines the responsibilities and training requirements of the Intelligence Officer in the field. George had to be instructed in the use of code names and had to have a good working knowledge of the use of camouflage.
Some people who were recruited to work for GC&CS or SIS came to Bletchley Park to be trained and were then sent elsewhere straight away. William Miller recalls putting his name down for special duties overseas in 1940 and being requested to proceed to Bletchley. After aptitude tests in Morse code, and an interview with Brigadier Richard Gambier-Parry, Miller was put on the SIS payroll. He then spent roughly eight weeks at Bletchley Park being trained on codes and cyphers and how to create his own personal code with a Penguin book. Miller was then posted to Bilbao as a Radio Operator and then to Tangier.
Towards the end of the war TICOM (Target Intelligence Committee) was set up to deploy Allied forces into Germany in order to track down and seize enemy intelligence assets. Several of those sent to Europe for this mission were taken from the pool of staff at Bletchley Park, and as such required special training for field work. This document shows the training schedule held at Bletchley Park for Target Reporting Officers, including training on booby traps and shooting practice.