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- Bletchley Park
- Alt Name:
- Station X
- United Kingdom
- World War Two
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Northampton, London,
- Denge Sound Mirrors,
about Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park is a country estate fifty miles north of London. Originally the home of the Leon family in the late 19th century, Bletchley Park was then bought by a property developer, but in 1938 its role changed entirely from being a residential house to a vital British intelligence centre.
As Adolph Hitler’s campaign to invade Europe intensified, Bletchley Park was taken over by the government, who deemed it the perfect place to move the Government Code and Cypher School.
Bletchley Park, known by the codename Station X, became the site where the British managed to decipher the machinations of the Enigma, the highly effective code encryption machines used by the Nazis.
Today, visitors can view original Enigma machines at Bletchley Park’s museum as well as exploring the history of Bletchley Park’s role during the war. The main part of the museum is housed in Block B.
There are also several other exhibitions at Bletchley Park, including a Churchill Collection, a garage displaying two 1930's Austins and even a post office display of a “secret” mailroom.
Visitors can also learn more about Alan Turin, the genius mathematician who is credited in large part for speeding up the code cracking process. Audio tours are available as well as guided tours.
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Address: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Phone: +44 (0) 1908 640404
Bletchley Park is 50 miles north of London in Milton Keynes. For Sat Navs, put in “Sherwood Drive, Bletchley” as the postcode takes you to the wrong place. By Rail, you can get to the nearby Bletchley Railway Station from London Euston, Milton Keynes Central (for InterCity connections), Coventry and Birmingham New Street. There’s a footpath to Bletchley Park across the road from the station.
Bletchley Park is open daily throughout the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, although not all exhibitions are open at all times. Opening times are 10.30am to 4.00pm during the winter (1 November to 31 March), 9.30am to 5.00pm on weekdays during the summer (1 April to 31 October) and 10.30am to 5.00pm weekends and bank holidays during the summer. Individual admission costs £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for over 60’s with ID, £6.00 for children aged 12 to 16 and free for children under 12. This includes an audio tour and tickets are valid for 12 months. Family ticket costs £22.50. Group rates are available.
Car parking is available on-site for £3.
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