Bletchley Park: Top-Secret Operation

Travel Diary
Day 4:

Before leaving the UK we wanted to meet up with my uncle one more time. He suggested that we go to Bletchley Park which was a great idea. Bletchley Park is located near Milton Keynes so we had to get a train from London Euston to Bletchley.
You may have heard of Bletchley Park before if you've seen the film the Imitation Game or the film Enigma.


During World War II Bletchley Park was where the code breakers worked day and night trying to break the coded messages that the Nazi's were transmitting.

They managed to break the Enigma code which was the type of encryption used by the Axis Powers during the war.

The secrets that they gained from breaking the code are said to have helped the Allied Powers win the war and shortened the war by two years. I'm not sure how they arrived at this conclusion though.
Now Bletchley Park is a museum telling the story of the codebreakers and showing the technology and methods they used in order to break the codes.
The grounds themselves are very nice but from the sounds of it the workers didn't like being stuck there during WWII. They even had to hide their work from their families because it was all top secret.
As far as the codebreakers families knew they all worked at a hospital.
We were given tablets with audio guides and videos to enhance our tour of Bletchley Park. Everything was pretty brand new looking.
Bletchley Park was the site of an old manor house which we were able to go inside as well.
The rooms were done up to look as they would have during WWII when all the codebreaking was happening.

In the cafe they even had some vegan sandwiches which we were pretty happy about. Veganism is a lot more mainstream than it used to be. We didn't expect to find these.
We haven't seen any of the films yet but we will soon when it is all fresh in our minds.
They used to use motor bikes to deliver messages back and forth as fast as possible.
Inside the code breaker huts there we videos and displays showing how things were done.

Early computer technology was invented for the purpose of breaking the enigma code faster.
We watched a demonstration of the Bombe machine that helped break the enigma code. Don't ask me to explain how it works as it is quite complex.
The inner workings of the Bombe are fascinating. This is a recreation of the ones used during WWII as the originals were destroyed since all this code breaking was and still is classified information.

This is a statue of Alan Turing who was a very important Computer Scientist who worked at Bletchley Park. His work is important to the development of modern computers.
There was a museum explaining how the code breaking affected the war and gave an timeline of all the important events.
We had a great time looking around Bletchley Park and seeing my uncle. It was a great idea for a day trip and it was only 40 minutes out of London. We had lots of time to make it back to London for dinner and to see the play Wicked.



Would you like to explore Bletchley Park?

Comments

  1. I knew nothing about this part of the war until I watched the Imitation Game. Luckily I was living in the UK at the time and Bletchley Park was a nice drive from our friends in Oxford. It was such an interesting place hey!

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    1. Bletchley Park does make for a lovely day out. Glad you got to see it! We haven't seen Imitation Game. We were planning on seeing it before we went to Bletchley Park, but ran out of time.

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  2. I know this place well as I live nearby. So full of history and a game-changer in the Second World War.

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  3. That is a nice piece of history. So this where the previous gen hackers carried out their operations.

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  4. Wow never knew this place existed! Thank you for showing it to us now I know where to go when I'm in town!

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    1. Awesome! Hope you have a wonderful history filled fun day.

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  5. This is fascinating. I can't even imagine how hard it is to be a code breaker. I have a hard enough time with normal text messages. I'd love to see this historical site steeped in mystery and intrigued. Thanks for highlighting it.

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    1. It sounds like it would be a fun job though!

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  6. I learned a lot about this was thanks to The Imitation Game, Bletchley Park seems really interesting :)

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  7. What a beautiful building! To think that codes were getting broken here! So interesting to see the tools they used!

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    1. It was very interesting to be here and learn about all the history that happened here.

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  8. I love World War II history. I use to teach it before I moved on to teaching ancient history. The perseverance it took to break the Nazi's codes is a testament to how much people believe in democratic ideas. I would be in heaven visiting this museum!

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    1. Sounds like you would be! I hope you get a chance to get over here for a visit! It is well worth it!

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  9. I knew nothing about this place. It's so beautiful and amazing. So much of history housed here. Would like to visit it. Thanks.

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    1. We hope you get here one day! It was a wonderful experience, learning about the history and being here.

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  10. Now that is an interesting visit. Shortened the WW by 2 years you say. I would love to see all this from myself. So many stories are bound to come out of that tour.

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