Bletchley is a fascinating place to visit for anybody who has an interest in British wartime history. Located in Buckinghamshire, in the South East of England, this lovely location offers many interesting opportunities for a weekend away or a short break.
The town is best known for being the location of Bletchley Park. This was the headquarters of Britain’s codebreaking organisation during World War 2, and the place where the German Enigma code was cracked by a team including Alan Turing. It is estimated that the work carried out here shortened the war by as much as four years and without it, the outcome could have been very different. This gives some indication of the importance of the historic events that took place here.
Today, Bletchley Park is an attraction celebrating the achievements of those wartime codebreakers. It is the location of the National Museum of Computing, which attracts many thousands of visitors each year. This modern museum is located in Block H, which was the world’s first purpose built computer centre – a real piece of history for anybody who has an interest in computing. Some of the fascinating exhibits on show include a rebuilt Colossus computer and information on the codebreaking techniques used here during the war.
Alongside the museum, the park also contains a number of other interesting sights and attractions, including exhibits about the use of homing pigeons during the war, original communications equipment used by the codebreakers at Bletchley, a theatre showing wartime short movies and the American Garden Trail, which is a celebration of the enduring links between Britain and the USA which were vital to our victory in the war.
If you’re interested in this vital part of British history and would like to visit it all for yourself, there are many lovely bed and breakfasts in Bletchley and the surrounding areas where you can enjoy a relaxing stay as you explore the engrossing history of this unique area of England. Just take a look at the listings in the rest of the directory and you are sure to find a place that suits your requirements and budget.