The house that may have won World War II is today a museum devoted to the code breaking that went on here.
Bletchley Park comprises a glorious countryside estate entrenched in a history of codes and secrecy. It is the site where Allied code breakers worked on cracking enemy Enigma messages in World War II. Inspect the intriguing temporary displays that cover such topics as secrecy, security and the park’s history.
Step inside historic Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, where Allied Intelligence decrypted the German Enigma cipher. It is thought the work carried out here shortened the war and altered its outcome. See the old-world machinery and projections that paint a picture of those desperate times.
Hut 11 shows the Bombe machines that deciphered the encryptions, while Hut 8 recreates the office of famous code breaker Alan Turing. Visit the Bletchley Park Mansion for the Wartime Garages and Library. The house’s exterior has a varied aesthetic, with a light green dome and redbrick chimneys. Wander through the landscaped gardens enclosing the site.
Dine amid history in Hut 4, which served as a Naval Intelligence Codebreaking Hut in World War II. The menu includes light bites and soups. Sip hot drinks from the coffee shop in the visitor center and purchase items from the snack shop that opens in the Pump Room in summer. On the weekend, the cakes and sandwiches of a traditional English afternoon tea fill tables in the house. Purchase code-breaking memorabilia in the gift shop.
The estate opens daily year-round from morning to late afternoon. There is an entrance fee, with discounts for teenagers and free admission for those under the age of 12.
Bletchley Park is in the southeastern corner of its namesake village, a 10-minute drive south of Milton Keynes. Arrive at the Bletchley railway station and walk northwest for 5 minutes to get here. Explore nearby landmarks, such as Blue Lagoon Local Nature Reserve and the National Museum of Computing.