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.
Many of the WAAFs working at Bletchley Park were Teleprinter Operators who became known affectionately as ‘teleprincesses’.
Many of the women who joined the WAAF at Bletchley Park were trained typists, and a significant proportion were under 21yrs old. Most WAAFs started out at RAF Innsworth and then moved on to other bases for specialist training.
This diagram of how to insert teleprinter paper is taken from a notebook kept by WAAF Dorothy Joyner during her teleprinter training at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire in 1942. Among her notes are details of the duties of teleprinter operators such as “operators must treat all messages as confidential, and must on no account discuss their contents outside the Signals Office”, as well as definitions of important words including the difference between a ‘cypher’ and a ‘code’.
Shift-working was the norm for WAAFs at Bletchley Park, with most adhering to the standard Bletchley Park shift pattern of three eight-hour shifts: 8am-4pm, 4pm-midnight, and midnight to 8am.
This photograph, taken in 1945, shows a group of WAAFs with RAF Flying Officer Stanley Raimes who worked within the Central Signals Registry at Bletchley Park.
This photograph shows WAAF Peggy Nicholls fourth from left in the front row with fellow WAAF Morse Slip Readers at Leighton Buzzard. The photograph was presented to her by friends, who have signed the reverse of the photograph, on the occasion of Nicholls’ marriage to Cliff Chester in September 1945.
Joyce Todd was a WAAF Intercept Operator at RAF Chicksands, which supplied information to Bletchley Park. She recalls her work: “we were each given a frequency to listen on, and swung the dial either side of that. We were told that we were listening to the German air force, but were not told anything more. We listened to Morse, five letter codes, and wrote it down on a special form in four or five columns. Signals were collected when they were finished and as far as we knew were given to dispatch riders and sent to what we knew as X Station. We didn’t hear that that was Bletchley Park until much later.”
The experience of working at Bletchley Park and the skills they learnt stayed with all the WAAFs once the war was over. Elizabeth Freda Cooper [pictured] was posted at Bletchley Park as a Morse Slip Reader and described Morse as her second language. Barbara Mulligan, who was a Wireless Operator/Morse Slip Reader at Bletchley Park from 1942 – 1945 states; “I still know my Morse code – when you’ve learnt it to that extent, you never forget it.”
Most WAAFs based at Bletchley Park were accommodated at RAF Church Green. In early 1944 a drama group was set up as a diversion from daily work and the group would perform five plays before the end of the war. One performance by the RAF Church Green Dramatic Society was ‘Saloon Bar’ by Frank Harvey, a thriller. Teleprinter Operator and Morse Slip Reader Caroline West was in the cast and remembers fellow WAAF Kate Karno, who came from a famous music hall family, drilling the team like a professional stage director.
The poem outlines a usual day for a WAAF, including tiring shift work and snatches of down-time; from being “dragged from our cots, long before the dawn breaks”, and that “we natter and smoke as if nothing else mattered, but our brief relaxation is very soon shattered.” However, the final lines reflect how proud the WAAFs were of the work they completed at Bletchley Park during the war.