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.
This handwritten document is the first page of a six-page W/T (wireless traffic) Red Form containing the terms of Germany’s surrender to the Allies. The surrender, signed at Reims in France, signified the end of European conflict in World War Two. The official text of the message, in English rather than German, was sent to the remnants of the Nazi government in Lüneburg, on the Danish-German border, by radio, carried partly on British wireless links. It was taken down on 7 May 1945 by George Curd, a Wireless Intercept Operator at Beaumanor Y Station who allegedly picked up the message while on ‘search’ duty. The document was donated by Henrietta ‘Netta’ Curd, George’s wife and also a Wireless Intercept Operator at Beaumanor, who did not know about the document for over 40 years.
The Brown Story was a daily diary of activity on the Brown Enigma network. Each message or piece of operator chatter was listed and paraphrased. The reports were produced at Bletchley Park, as indicated by the ‘ZIP’ serial, and initially classified as ‘Thumb’, the lowest security classification reserved for sigint (signals intelligence) derived from traffic analysis. However, from November 1944 ‘Ultra’ is used, indicating that the reports now included intelligence from high-grade decrypts. The reports tracked the final farewell messages as Allied troops advanced across Germany and the radio stations were captured one by one. The reports were typed up on or two days after the events described which is why this report dated 6 May 1945 is also titled ‘VE Day’.
A congratulatory message from Stewart Graham Menzies, MI6 chief and Director-General of the Government Code and Cypher School, thanking the staff for their contribution in helping to win the war. He states that he wants the staff to know of his ‘unbounded admiration in the way in which they have carried out their allotted tasks’. A number of copies of this message are in the Bletchley Park Trust archives. This particular copy was kept by Jane ‘Jean’ Hunter, a WAAF Wireless Operator/Morse Slip Reader based in Block E. It has been decorated with the various stamps used in her office. The message concludes with the sentence ‘this is your finest hour’, a very inspiring way to commemorate the achievements of the staff at Bletchley Park.
The reverse of the same Director-General message from the previous page is covered in signatures and good luck messages from the staff in Block E. This reveals the strong camaraderie amongst the staff at Bletchley Park. The message is presumed to be an office copy that was pinned to a notice board. Jean took it with her when she emigrated to Canada soon after the end of the war.
A photograph of a group of WAAFs (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) from Bletchley Park who travelled to Trafalgar Square on VE Day to celebrate. This image was kindly loaned by Mrs Margaret Rowland (nee Writer), back row second from the left. On VE Day, many Veterans and civilians travelled to London to celebrate the end of the war in Europe, in addition to the celebrations nationwide.
An extract from the diary of Constance M Thompson, a WAAF Sergeant in Block F, Air Section. She writes about going to the park in the morning and attending a Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) dance in the evening on VE Day despite having been on the previous night shift. Her celebrations continued the next day as she had a “super time” at another party at the NAAFI on the following evening.
A white scarf embroidered with the signatures of Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS, or Wren) Typex Operators, donated by Jeanne Templeton who worked in Block D from March 1944 until May 1945. The scarf is an emblem of the camaraderie of the Wrens who had worked together as a team. The scarf names Wavendon House, one of several country houses near Bletchley which provided residential accommodation for ‘Wrens’.
A page from the autograph book of Josephine Minna Emilie Hatter (nee Lewington), a Wren based at Eastcote and Gayhurst Manor outstations from November 1943 until May 1945. She was then moved to Bletchley Park itself from June to October 1945, working on indexing and filing. This page states ‘on the day before V. E. day – let’s pat ourselves on the back’, a fitting way to reflect on the significant work achieved in World War Two.
Caroline Shearer (nee West) worked at Bletchley Park from January 1942 until August 1945. A WAAF Teleprinter Operator and Morse Slip Reader, she later became a Watch Supervisor. She recalls, ‘I remember the sudden crashing silence when the deafening noise ceased, and we first realised the War was over. Only then did I get to the real RAF camp, with real airplanes and airmen, I had asked for in 1941! I have been married to one of those airmen, who was flying those airplanes, for over 50 years’.
A letter from John Herivel who was one of the talented mathematicians recruited early in the war and stayed at Bletchley Park from January 1940 until October 1945. His discovery of the ‘Herivel Tip’ in 1940 had made a key contribution to breaking army/air Enigma, but by the end of the war Herivel had moved to the Newmanry, the section which employed machines to break the even tougher Lorenz cipher. Dated 10 July 1945, Herivel thanks his team for their work and wishes them “Good Luck and Goodbye”. Though reminding the staff at Bletchley Park of the Official Secrets Act, he acknowledges the vital work they did and, with remarkable foresight, suggests that one day in the future their story would be told.