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.
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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.
Japan used many encryption systems during the course of World War Two, including numerical ciphers, such as the Japanese Navy’s General Operational Code (JN25). Bletchley Park’s codebreakers used statistical methods to decrypt numerical ciphers but even the decrypted messages were difficult to read. They were full of codenames and abbreviations. Tools such as this list of abbreviations commonly used by the Japanese Navy helped translators make sense of the message content.
This is one of a series of flashcards used in Japanese language training. A working knowledge of Japanese was essential for translating Japanese messages, but Japanese speakers were in short supply. Captain Oswald Tuck, a retired Naval captain who had lived in Japan, was tasked with setting up a condensed language course that could equip Bletchley Park staff with a sufficient working knowledge of Japanese in as short a time as possible. The eleven-week course Tuck devised was so successful that it ran throughout the war. Graduates of Tuck’s Bedford Japanese School went on to work as translators at Bletchley Park, in East Asia, Australia and the USA.
LAC Jack Kinsey was a wireless intercept operator against Japanese traffic at the Wireless Experimental Centre (WEC), on the outskirts of Delhi. The WEC was one of a number of overseas outposts of Bletchley Park. It was the main British operation for intercepting Japanese military codes and ciphers in WW2, covering wireless interception, traffic analysis and direction finding, codebreaking, and intelligence collation and reporting. This snapshot of Kinsey and his colleagues is from his wartime photograph album, recently donated to Bletchley Park.
Also working as a wireless intercept officer was Wren Susan Fellowes (nee Broadhurst-Hill). She left England on 16 December 1943, bound for Colombo, in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The photograph shows her accommodation while working at the Far East Combined Bureau, another of Bletchley Park’s overseas signals intelligence centres, taking down Japanese Naval signals:
This excerpt is from a series of Far Eastern Summary Reports that collate Ultra intelligence gained from intercepted Japanese messages. Summary number 8 includes information on Japan’s monthly production of aircraft, the reopening of bombed railway bridges in Hanoi, Japanese order of battle, and instructions from the Southern Army in Manila to forces in New Guinea to discontinue the use of “special smoke shells, self-exploding bottles and similar weapons” so as not to provoke a chemical attack from the enemy.
By the end of the war, the Allies had amassed a wealth of detailed intelligence about Japanese forces. This map, showing the locations of Japanese Naval Air Commands in August 1945, is taken from a report stamped ‘Top Secret Ultra’. Compiled on 20 September 1945, the report lists the “Organization, locations of command headquarters and subordination of units of the Japanese Army & Navy Air Forces”, based on information gathered up to August 1945.
In a typescript memoir, Hugh Norris, a Japanese translator in Naval Section at Bletchley Park, recalls hearing of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He goes on to reflect on the abrupt cessation of work at Bletchley Park following VJ Day. “In retrospect, Bletchley did not seem to us at the time to be at all strange, once we had experienced a few weeks of initiation; it very soon became part of our lives; it was normality itself, and it seemed as if it was set to go on for ever. What was unnerving was when everything stopped so abruptly: it was the world outside, to which we now had to adapt, that was strange and foreign.”
Veteran Joan Smeaton, née Addison, travelled to London to celebrate VJ Day with her fellow Wrens. After VE Day, she had been sent to retrain in Japanese Morse code. Joan was then posted to Flowerdown, a Royal Navy intercept station near Winchester, to work as an intercept operator for Japanese messages. “We were there when the War ended and we hitched up to London for the celebrations. We just stood at the side of the road in smart uniform and waited for a lift. You were never alone of course, usually in groups of two or three. I recall once that friends of ours had managed to get a lift in a lorry and there was me and my friend Sheila left on the roadside when a long sleek limousine drew up with two American Naval Officers in the back. They were going up to London and gave us a lift. We passed our friends in the lorry on the way!”
Veteran John Statham of Bletchley Park’s Naval Section recalls the codebreaking operations being wound up after VJ Day: “I was at Bletchley until it was finally closed … I remember things going up in smoke and the huts being trashed really. Well I say trashed, everything being torn up. It was such a sad time somehow. We were chucking stuff on bonfires and things like that. I remember “freeing” a typewriter from one of the Huts because all of the typewriters and the equipment were being chucked away. I freed this great big hefty thing which I kept for about a year but it was too hefty to go around. But if I hadn’t freed it, it would have gone on a bonfire or something.”
Wrens at the Far East Combined Bureau in Colombo, Sri Lanka, like Dot Tuffin (née Wilkinson), who had been working on Japanese codebreaking, were asked to volunteer to stay on after VJ Day to help acclimatise returning prisoners of war. “This was an entirely different aspect to our work, we just volunteered; the men looked pretty dreadful and we just wanted to help these men. It was harrowing for us; my friend and I cried ourselves to sleep every night – we couldn’t believe they could even walk, they looked so awful. The men came through in three to 4 weeks; we were told we had done our jobs, thank you very much, and we had to go back to Woburn Abbey to be demobbed.”