Day trip to Bletchley Park

  • August 31, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Come along on Sunday 31st August to the fantastic Bletchley Park!

About Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park Mansion, built in 1883 sits in 55 acres of the park just outside Milton Keynes.  The park is best known as the home of the WWII Enigma code-breakers.  The house and huts in the grounds have just had a £25m refurbishment and reopened in June.

The mansion and park was bought by the government in 1938 to house the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS).  The park was conveniently located within easy walking distance of Bletchley station, where the "Varsity Line" between the cities of Oxford and Cambridge – whose universities supplied many of the code-breakers.

The intelligence produced from decrypts at Bletchley was code-named "Ultra".  It contributed greatly to Allied success in defeating the U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.  Prior to the Normandy landings on D-Day in June 1944, the Allies knew the locations of all but two of the 58 German divisions on the Western front.  The staff at Bletchley Park continued to break the German Enigma codes right up to the end of the war.

At it's height of codebreaking in January 1945, some 9,000 people worked at Bletchley Park; in the mansion and the huts built within the grounds.  Among the famous mathematicians and cryptanalysts working there, the most influential and the best-known in later years was Alan Turing who is widely credited with being "The Father of Computer Science".

At the end of the war, much of the equipment used and its blueprints were ordered to be destroyed. Although thousands of people were involved in the deciphering efforts, the participants remained silent for decades about what they had done during the war, and it was only in the 1970s that the work at Bletchley Park was revealed to the general public.

The world's first computer; The Colossus was built at Bletchley in 1943 to decipher teleprinter messages that were encrypted.  There is a working replica of the Colossus at Bletchley that we can see.

Entry and the tour guide works out at £15 per person (payable on the day)There is quite a lot to see in the park, so the day will be a mixture of using audio guides, tour guides and self guiding.

Itinerary
9:54am - catch the train to Bletchley (GroupSave - groups of three)
10:41am - arrive and walk to park (10 mins)
11:00am - split into 2 groups
11:05am - both groups collect audio guides and start audio tour of park
11:10am - 1st group meets at house and starts guided tour (finishes at 12:40pm), then continues with audio guides afterwards
12:40pm - 2nd group meets at house and starts guided tour (finishes at 2:10pm)
1:00pm - lunch in the park (please bring a packed lunch or buy at the station beforehand, there is a café in the park, but it's expensive)
2:10pm - freetime in the park
4:15pm - meet outside house to catch train back (trains going back: 3:46pm, 4:17pm, 4:46pm)

We are aiming to get the 9:54am train to Bletchley Station, its only a 45 minute train ride outside of London, we will be able to get Groupsave train tickets, which will work out at £9.71 per person (we will get these on the day in groups of 3 when you arrive).

We will be back in London at about 5:00/5:30pm.

Look out for the group sign at the station:

Hope to see you there!


Robert
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  • Robert

    My 5th trip to Bletchley Park, first went in 2007 and it's amazing to see how its transformed and improved from investment over the last few years. A fantastic place and saw things yesterday that I've not previously seen in the park.

    2 · September 1

  • GARETH

    Another item to add to my "Must Visit Again" list!

    September 1

  • Louise

    Sorry I only met a few people.I waited for the flyover,camera in hand.Anyone who wants to come another time,feel free to get in touch with me,and I will endeavour to come over.

    August 31

  • Yvonne

    Very educational, well worth a visit! Enjoyable day. Recommend this visit to anyone who hasn't been before.

    August 31

  • Christine

    A great day out. My second visit to Bletchley and it was good to see the refurbishment and displays in the huts. Pleasant company as always - great meeting and chatting to Neil and Roger, my 'Groupsave' companions.

    August 31

  • Jill

    My first excursion with this group and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What an inspirational and thought provoking place.
    Thanks for organising Robert.

    1 · August 31

  • roger m.

    Brilliant. Very interesting

    August 31

  • Martin

    Great day out, more repeat visits to come. It was inspiring to see how the pioneering spirit, grit and determination of everyone who worked there came together to effect a positive contribution to our world today.

    August 31

  • Patti A

    Lovely weather and very interesting!

    August 31

  • mythili

    Super.
    What talented people, what sacrifices they made and the conditions they worked in hour after hour, day after day, year after year!
    A great pity they are no longer around to congratulate and thank in person for their ingenuity, and mathematical genius and talent in tackling the decoding of Enigma.
    The weather was good (!) I had to add that after Bank holiday Monday's weather debacle... again great company, I enjoyed meeting Niobe and Sue, wandering around with Andrew, as charming as ever, Antonella seen after a long time, Maureen, nice chatting to her on the train out and Robert and Andrew getting back not to forget Albert and Jeremy seen in the passing and hosts of people I had never met.

    Sorry I didn't say bye to Robert and the others but somehow once we steam into London there's such and anxious and impatient rush to get to the tube.

    Good going Robert!!

    1 · August 31

  • Liz

    So much to see at Bletchley will have to go again - as always great meeting new people thanks Robert for organising

    August 31

  • Liz

    So much to see at Bletchley will have to go again - as always great meeting new people thanks Robert for organising

    1 · August 31

  • Viktor

    A fantastic place with lots to see

    August 31

  • mary

    A fascinating trip. Thanks for organizing it, Robert!

    August 31

  • Jeremy

    Another excellent trip in good company. Robert thanks very much for organising this event!

    August 31

  • Wendy C.

    I am a few mins late klooking for meeting place

    August 31

  • Fatos

    beautiful day... looking forward to this :)

    August 31

  • Patti A

    Looking like a perfect day - see you soon!

    August 31

  • Pippa

    Sorry, bug still lingering so unable to come!

    August 31

  • mayte

    Sorry I cannot make it tomorrow. Have fun!

    August 31

  • Maureen C.

    With apologies, changed circumstances means I can no longer attend tomorrow's meeting.

    August 30

  • Anita S.

    very sorry , it is the last minute to change the plan. I will not be ble to attend tomorrow's trip.

    August 30

  • Keith

    Evening Robert
    Travelling on first train from Lingfield, arriving Victoria 9:15am, four stops on underground ... be as quick as possible!

    August 30

  • Louise

    Ladies and gents.I will likely get there a bit later,as I'm coming from Milton Keynes.The good news is your admission is free if you are an Arts fund member.Also entry is valid for a year.I hear the Lancaster Bombers are flying over Milton keynes on SunDay too

    1 · August 29

    • Martin

      The Lancasters will not be flying due to engine repairs...it's a shame, would have been the icing on the cake. :'( http://www.warplane.c...­

      August 30

    • Martin

      Correction: Canadian Avro Lancaster Bomber will not be flying, but Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster should be flying in the area around 15:25. http://www.raf.mod.uk...­

      1 · August 30

  • Robert

    For those coming on Sunday who have never been to Bletchley Park before, it is associated with the cryptanalyst Alan Turing and you will hear his name mentioned a lot whilst we are there. There were so many others though who worked at the park during the war who done just as much as him (or more) to help crack the German codes and help end the war. People like Ralph Tester, Bill Tutte and Jerry Roberts, who were part of the Testery Group at Bletchley, who were given the responsibility of cracking the codes from the German Lorenz Cipher machine, which they did in 1941. Lorenz had the ability to encrypt a message 1,600,000,000,000,000 times!

    In October there is a film being released called 'The Imitation Game', which tells the story of Bletchley Park, Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Testery Group.

    1 · August 29

  • Martin

    HI Robert, I trust that exact change for the £15 admission and £9.71 GroupSave ticket will be desirable? Thanks.

    August 28

    • Robert

      We buy the GroupSave train tickets in groups of three at the station, for the entry to Bletchley, I will have change for.

      1 · August 29

  • Jacquelyn R.

    so sorry now unable to make this interesting event,,, grrrrh.... But wishing everyone a wonderful day.....

    August 27

  • Mary T.

    Sorry but I have to work the weekend so I won't be able to join you - gutted!

    August 27

  • Maureen C.

    Hi Robert. I'm based in the Bucks area, it's more convenient for me to drive to Bletchley Park. Will meet you and the group there, just before 11am.

    August 25

    • Robert

      I'll be doing the same as Maureen and will meet you all outside the entrance. Thanks

      August 27

    • Carl

      Me too, thanks

      August 27

  • Caroline W.

    Hi I'd love to go, I'd need to bring my extremely well behaved dog if they allow, if it would be ok with you? Would need to miss indoors bit of course..

    August 25

    • Martin

      Hi Caroline, I would like to add that unless some diplomacy can be bridged with the staff it's not looking good. :( Website statement: "Due to our commitment to preserve our wildlife, we do NOT allow dogs on-site or to be left in vehicles on-site, except for Registered Assistance Guide Dogs. " https://www.bletchleyp...­

      August 26

    • Caroline W.

      Thanks guys, yes it looks like absence of a babysitter will put the kybosh on this one, shame, sounds fascinating, Enjoy!

      August 26

  • Nigel

    Can I meet you there for 11 Robert? I have been a few times before the refurb. Very interesting place.

    August 9

    • Robert

      Yes, we can meet you outside the house.

      August 26

  • terence f.

    Have a really great day and get to see the Bombe and the museum.

    August 25

  • George L.

    I am a visitor from the USA, and am looking forward to this trip to Bletchley Park. This is off the beaten track for tourists from North America, but I would rather see this important site than, say, spend an afternoon at Harrods (a more typical tourist activity). This really appeals to the history buff side of me and to my (non-practicing) electrical engineering background. I enjoyed London during the 2012 Olympics as you can see from my photo, and am looking forward to seeing places that I missed back then.

    August 5

  • terence f.

    Excellent choice. Do enjoy it.

    July 26

  • Meredith S.

    This was such a wonderful, memorable outing last year! I vowed then that I would return as there was so much to take in!! I have seen on various news items & documentaries that there is even more progress made on the "sheds" we couldn't enter last year, & many of them are restored with either new exhibitions installed or original layouts recreated. If I possibly could... I would be there!!

    July 25

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