Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain's best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction open daily for visitors to learn how the Codebreakers' breath-taking achievements helped shorten WW2 by up to two years.
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  • Teresa H
    London, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Excellent day out
    Excellent staff and helpful and professional very knowledgable. Food was good but a bit pricey. We could not see it all but can return as many times in the year. This was our second time. I would definitely recommend it for anyone.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 4 December 2022
  • Julie H
    Fareham, United Kingdom21 contributions
    Very interesting- 1 day is not enough!!!
    Had a great visit about three weeks ago and there was so much to see we had to return last weekend (the ticket allows for returns within the year). Very interesting for anyone interested in code breaking, how language skills were used, secrecy and the history of WW2. We used the headsets, went on a tour, read and heard so much information! We also had a lovely lunch in the cafe - it’s better quality than we had expected! Definitely would recommend to others.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2022
  • Jim D
    177 contributions
    Signposting overcomplex and duplication in various huts
    Visited the site and was impressed with many of the exhibits and had a great time. The house was really interesting. However it was disappointing that the signposting on the site was overly complex (and I have a high IQ!). There are various bits of duplication in the huts and across the site. Disappointing that they have not recreated a Colossus machine (the virtual one is not good enough). Perhaps try to buy the one used in the Imitation Game, or the Enigma files? Finally the heating was turned up to Saharan tempratures. Obviously not afraid of a big heating bill.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 14 December 2022
  • Joanne W
    Daventry, United Kingdom193 contributions
    Loads to see
    Booked a visit plus Champagne Afternoon Tea after receiving a Day Out gift. Excellent value for money. The new DD film section is really good as is the code breaker hut including Alan Turning's office. When we went it was extremely hot so we didn't see everything, but as your entrance is valid for a year we can go back. A must for anyone interested in the impact of codebreaking in WW2
    Visited August 2022
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Greg B
    11 contributions
    Fantastic day out
    A great day out, we arrived on a cold January morning at 10am and didn’t leave until 4pm. Each of the exhibitions were well put together and gave you an insight into the life of the thousands of staff at Bletchley during the war. The guided tour took around an hour and our guide superb, they are all volunteers and offer additional information on each of the huts and the main house. We had booked a cream tea, but I got my days completely wrong and we turned up a day late, the staff on reception were fantastic, they were very understanding and contacted the booking team when they returned to work the following day, we were they contacted by Bletchley booking team and were offered new dates to return for the cream tea, brilliant customer service. Bletchley is local for us and it’s a place I have wanted to visit for years, but never got around to it. I would 100% recommend it for a full day out, there is enough to keep kids and adults alike interested. Great work Bletchley Park.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2023
  • Clarabelle999
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom4,545 contributions
    A fascinating insight into a secret world
    My husband visited today and was surprised how busy it was on a wet Sunday in January! This has long been on his list of WW2 places to visit so he pleased to get there today. He had the guided tour and learned so much from all the facts and details given. The huge number of people who worked there, the ingenuity and tenacity of the team working day in and day out to help the war effort is mind boggling. Extraordinary.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 January 2023
  • Jess P
    St Helens, United Kingdom118 contributions
    Loads to see and do
    Had been waiting to go to Bletchley for years and finally made it! Honestly, if you’re into WW2 or codebreaking you need to set aside a whole day for this. My friend is way more into it than I am so I was a little bit bored (no fault of Bletchley’s) but there’s so much to see. You can explore the mansion, the different huts, and there are loads of different exhibits. A few highlights were Alan Turing’s teddy bear, the original Enigma machines and the indexing card interactive. Also loved the radio society bit - had a lovely chat with one of the guides who was so enthusiastic and taught me how to access radio signals from a computer.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 January 2023
  • YW4YW
    Bristol, United Kingdom404 contributions
    One day is not enough!
    So much to see and do we went back a second day! On our first day we were there 6 hours and on our second a further 3 hours. Do take the guided tour as it sets the scene and brings the stories to life. Then go to the excellent new Block A exhibition. Unfortunately, we ran out of time on our first day and didn’t do it justice so had to return. After that go to the mansion house and huts as you will be able to move through them more quickly than we did having done Block A first. If stopping for food and drink I would go to the restaurant near the mansion which has more choice and is served on china plates with proper cutlery (great home made soup) rather than the one at the entrance which is all in disposable cups, wooden spoons etc. Being able to return for up to a year on the same ticket makes this excellent value for money. The volunteers who run the tours and man the exhibits are informative and friendly. (Shout out to Ken who did a great job on a bitterly cold day). Amazing achievements of some very clever people that need to be remembered. A great day out
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 January 2023
  • Colin E Photography
    422 contributions
    Good value for money, lots to see, good for kids to learn about history, very knowledgeable and helpful staff
    Good value for money. Lots of information to read and things to see, very well done videos around the site, great for kids to learn about British history. Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. Good restaurant with good range of food at good prices. Nice shop. Look forward to going back.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 29 January 2023
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Cas v
The Hague, The Netherlands4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Business
If you are interested in World War II from a European/ British point of view, then this is a wonderful place to visit. If you also have an interest in cryptography and the mysterious world of cryptanalysis and intelligence gathering, then there is likely no better place to visit than Bletchley Park.

The site is not just a collection of information which you can also find on the internet. Instead, you are taken back in a trip through time, focusing not only on the cryptanalytic successes, but also on the hardware that produced the encrypted ciphertext. Many Enigmas are on display, as well as a Lorenz machine, a Hägelin machine, the Polish Bomba (a physical representation of what it might have looked like), and numerous Enigma rotors.

Next to that, lots of first-hand information is given about the efforts of so many people that made Bletchley Park what it was. Each person had a role to play, from the dispatch riders to the intelligence officers, WRNS and of course the code breakers. All receive ample space to tell their stories, day-to-day experiences and successes in an interactive and accessible way, which really makes the story come to life.

We had only a single day to visit the place, which might not be enough if you really want to absorb all the information. There is just too much to absorb. If you are also interested in the replicas of the Bombe and Colossus that are on display in The National Museum of Computing (a 5-minute walk from Bletchley Park), then you certainly need two days.

Apart from the abundance of information, the gift shop is a treasure. Lots of items to choose from, ranging from coasters, hoodies, books, magnets, puzzles and what not, so it might be worthwhile to spend 20 minutes or so browsing the items, searching for that precious souvenir to take with you.
Written 27 November 2023
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Bruce
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Nov 2023 • Couples
Great place in history- very informative and interactive- make sure you leave enough time to do it justice. Tour guide (free) is amazing!
Written 24 November 2023
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chaim p
New York City, NY6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
See the real thing. It is better than the movie. If you love see where history is made you must go here. It is even more amaizing that they broke the codes then you can ever imagine.
Written 24 November 2023
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Keith C
32 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Enjoyable, educational, a bit pricey. Well worth doing the free guided tour, one hour long, not at all crowded. Restaurant and gift shop expensive. 3 hours is probably sufficient. Terrible how Turing was persecuted for being a homosexual. Would be better in warmer weather with lake and picnic areas.
Written 20 November 2023
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Sian C
Stafford, UK95 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place with well designed exhibitions spread out across the whole site, so it doesn't feel too crowded. Lots of places to eat.
The whole site is a thoughtful and fitting celebration of the unsung heroes of the war and early computing age. Learning about The Code Breakers was so interesting. Being able to return within the year with your ticket is a real plus.
Written 19 November 2023
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Chris N
London, UK304 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
For someone interested in the history of code breaking in WW2 this is fascinating, if only just to be there. Obviously there is not going to be that much to see, just the mansion and a selection of the original huts, but there are plenty of interesting displays explaining what went on there, and they have re-created the interiors of the huts and the mansion, and even the bombe code breaking machines. There are also lots of bits of hardware on display, notably the Enigma machines.
Written 13 November 2023
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991amylou
Sheffield, UK42 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great visit even though some of the grounds look a bit construction like due to the AI summit taking place soon.

Our kids loved the multi media guides which explained everything.

Great use of videos throughout to bring to life this amazing site.

Loved it x
Written 23 October 2023
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Jean Joseph R
Montreal, Canada344 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
The code breaking technology developed at Bletchley Park during WWII in the greatest secrecy is very well displayed and explained. With the work of Alan Turing and his team, this place is really the birthplace of the computer age. I particularly recommend the video guided tour. It is excellent. There is so much to see and learn that 3 hours is almost not enough
Written 22 October 2023
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andyk773
Clevedon, UK127 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A fascinating insight into one of the most important 6 years in world history. Forget the Hollywood blockbusters they’re miles away from the truth, visit here and see the true story. Realise that although Alan Turing was a genius there were 9000 people there all making valuable contributions as well. Other incredibly talented people who thought outside the box and recognise the almost 6000 women who were as good as the men at cracking enigma. There is an awful lot to see and read with Bletchley being very well preserved. On the day we visited guided tours were not running as the government is hosting an AI conference in the grounds which was a shame but there were still plenty of very knowledgeable people to ask questions. You can get information overload if like me you are desperate to understand how Bombe & Colossus worked and no after 6 hours I’m still not sure.
Written 20 October 2023
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Peter
Vancouver Island, Canada17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Bletchley park had long been somewhere I had wanted to visit. My wife and I took advantage of a Real Socializing coach excursion to visit. We had about four and a half hours and still did not get to see all that we hoped to. The overall experience was in a good way overwhelming by virtue of the sheer scope and detail on offer. The varied ways in which information was offered allowed us to maintain sufficient attention to detail. We stopped for lunch. The menu was limited and had an appropriate theme to it. The food was good, if a little pricey. We found the staff friendly and helpful. The emotional impact of the experience took its toll and we finished our visit by walking around, which on reflection was an appropriate way to finish our visit. We were impressed that the visiting pass is good for a year. Overall, this was an outstanding experience. Truly, Bletchley Park is an important and poignant place to visit. We were very glad not to have to drive home.
Written 17 October 2023
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