Home to Britain’s World War II codebreakers, I’ve wanted to visit Bletchley Park and explore its fascinating history ever since watching The Imitation Game—the intelligence uncovered here is said to have shortened the Second World War by years, saving thousands of British and American lives.
Of course I should’ve known about the site and the vital work done here before… if nothing else, Alan Turing (the man who cracked the Enigma code, often described as the father of the computer) has links to my hometown of Manchester—he’s even memorialised in the city with a crowd-funded statue in Sackville Park.
He had an incredible life with an unnecessarily tragic end: you should definitely read up on him if his name is new to you.
Visit Bletchley Park by train
From London Euston, it takes 40-60mins to get to Bletchley train station. It’s then a short, well-signposted walk to Bletchley Park.
A bonus if you travel by train: you get 2-for-1 entry to Bletchley Park. With adult tickets costing £17.75 it’s a nice saving.
Visit Bletchley Park
Even after the end of the war, Bletchley Park remained a secret for decades. By the early-90s the site was at risk of demolition but was saved by the newly-formed Bletchley Park Trust, who restored the buildings and opened the park to the public in 1993.
You can now wander around the mansion and specially built codebreaking huts, full of original historical artefacts and arranged to look just as they would have during the 1930s-40s.
I also took advantage of a free 45-minute walking tour—you can book these at the information desk, near the gift shop, and I’d definitely recommend it as a way to discover that little bit more about life at Bletchley Park and what it was like to work here.
Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB