Bletchley Park has a special place in UK military history.
During World War II it was Britain’s best kept secret where intelligence staff cracked the top secret messages created by the encryption machines used by the German forces, known as Enigma.
In February 1944 Colossus computers used by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park managed to break German messages coded using the Lorenz cypher. This confirmed that the Germans had fallen for a deception in which they wrongly anticipated that the Allied Forces would land at Calais rather than Normandy.
By deciphering enemy codes and intercepting their radio communication, the work carried out at Bletchley Park helped to end the war two years earlier than it might otherwise have been.
So secret was the work carried out at Bletchley Park that it even remained secret for three decades after the war until it was ‘outted’ in 1974 when one of the workers revealed all in a book.
Bletchley Park has been lovingly restored to retell its fascinating story and recreate how it would have looked during the war.
Explore the iconic huts and blocks of Station X, the code name given to the cyber school where Churchill’s ‘Silent Geese’ carried out their work, and ‘meet’ the Codebreakers, including Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, through interactive displays and exhibits as they explain the covert operations that happened inside.
See the famous German 'Enigma' and ‘Bombe’ machines up close and try and attempt to decipher the codes for yourself as you learn the secret techniques used.