“Overpriced. Not a fitting tribute to the codebreakers at all!”
I spent £27 on visiting this place with my partner. I had been looking forward to it for days and it was to be the highlight of a new year break.
What a massive disappointment! The layout was terrible, half the exhibits were closed, like the Churchill exhibition and the cinema. The post office and the toy museum were also closed.
The manor house is obviously used mostly for corporate events and is a waste of time. Very little information in there. There were some snippets, old photos etc. but nowhere near enough. We went from room to room only to be greeted by rows of chairs set up for conferences.
The main huts where the shop and entrance are had one very good exhibition regarding the enigma machines, the bombe and Turing, the rest of it was cluttered and didn't flow. It went from information about the brave men that helped capture the messages and codes, straight into a room with random toys in cases. (Plus a toy fort that Stephen Hawkin played with as a child. I have no idea why it was there. It's a nice item, but not relevant...)
The room dedicated to the homing pigeons was quite informative, but I get the impression it was put together and maintained by a pigeon group and not Bletchley.
I wanted to see the computer museum, but to be totally honest, by the time we got there and discovered that you had to pay to enter I got fed up and left. I understand it is a separate museum. I wonder how many people are put off having just paid £12 each for the main areas only to be asked to pay more.
I really wanted to ask for a refund. Even a partial refund due to half of the park being closed. I didn't because some of the museum (The Turing and enigma parts) are very good. They obviously need the money. £12 per person is way too much though. I felt ripped off and would not visit again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.