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Bletchley Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bletchley Park, Home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain's best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction open daily to visitors to learn how the Codebreakers' breath-taking achievements helped shorten WW2 by up to two years.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Very upsetting and disappointing!
Appalled to learn that ' The Museum of Computing' which houses The Colossus and Tunny, has to pay an annual rent of £100,000 to Bletchley Park. They do not benefit from any of the gate fees.
They were not given a single penny from the £8 million Lottery Fund. Quite frankly, this is disgusting!
There is a small fee to pay to see the Colossus and Tunny, but worth it as this was our main reason for visiting Bletchley Park.
Without The Colossus and Tunny, Bletchley Park is nothing!
We were saddened to find a metal fence had been built to keep Bletchley Park separate from "The National Museum of Computing" despite them being only a few yards away from each other. During the war, they were not divided and the Colossus and Tunny exhibits were the technological marvels that cracked the German codes that enabled the D Day landings to take place. If that isn't enough, the Colossus is the world's very first computer. This must rank pretty highly in the list of mankind's greatest achievements. It is totally unjust to see all the money being spent at Bletchley Park whilst the National Museum Of Computing gets treated so badly.

It is crazy that they are now divided. They are both part of the same history. Internal politics needs to be sorted out to rectify this fiasco.

Friends of mine know of individuals who were involved with and worked at Bletchley Park in the war and I know for a fact how upset and disappointed they would be today to see and know the facts. Relatives and friends of theirs are appalled.
This is such an insult to the thousands of men and Women who worked there in the war.

The Museum of Computing should be the main focus of Bletchley Park.

7  Thank mattsam67
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

By now the contribution made by the Codebreakers of Bletchley Park to the Allied war effort is well known and well documented. It was poignant that our visit was just ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Anyone interested in codebreaking and computing can't help but be fascinated by this sprawling site of truly unique exhibits.

Of particular interest to us as I.T. veterans was the reconstructed Bombe electro-mechanical code analysis machine, which we saw running. The Turing Gallery is worthy of longer than we had time for if we were to see the majority of the site. The volunteer guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic; indeed all the staff were friendly and helpful. The poorly lit huts where the decryption and analysis took place reek with atmosphere. It appears that the operatives have just popped out for a while, leaving coats, handbags, cigarettes, etc. at their desks. The i-Pad audiovisual guide is a great help in getting the most from a visit.

There is a Costa Coffee outlet in the main block and a café in Hut 4, providing drinks and light meals. Toilet facilities were plentiful and of a good standard. The entrance fee includes unlimited return visits within a year of purchase, encouraging a more relaxed approach rather than having to do the whole place in a day. It's not exactly on our doorstep but I imagine we'll return at least once before the year is up. Highly recommended.

Thank Father-Brian
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Just a brilliant day out.
We started with a guided tour (1 hour) just to get a feel for the place. Bob our guide was knowledgeable and amusing - the hour flew by. The multi-media (mini-iPad) guide was first class; there was a "main" piece for each of the sheds etc. but with optional extras that included biographies of the people that worked there, interviews with others, technical info etc, etc. In the museum there was someone to demonstrate an Enigma machine and talk about the Turing Bombe.
We spent over 6 hours there but will be going back for more. (the ticket lasts a year).

Thank RichardM53
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you are a war buff or amateur historian this place is a gold mine. Magnificent exhibits in the manor house and outlying huts, garages, post office etc. The recreation of the complex Bombe to help break the enigma codes was amazing and mind bogling. The working demonstration it was an unexpected bonus. Exhibits also brought to life the great personalities who played major roles in the code breaking. Very evocative. The grounds are much larger than I envisaged and are very pleasant just to wander around between the various buildings. The guided tour runs for an hour and was informative presented with a high level of knowledge and a touch of ironic humour. Other volunteers were equally knowledgeable and more than happy to add some value to your visit. Well worth the £15 entry fee. Plan to spend 3 hours there to do it justice.

Thank Laurie M
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We were excited about this visit and were not disappointed as it has something for everyone. It creates quite an atmosphere of going back in time and you could almost taste the experiences that so many brave and clever people shared during the second world war. There are lots of guides (all are volunteers) who seem to be fully informed of the happenings and history of the place. We spent just over 6 hours there but could have easily stayed longer as we did not cover it all because you just get fixed on different aspects it is so interesting. I had an understanding of the history but some it went over my head as it is so involved. Well worth a visit.

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