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“For history nuts, a must.”
Review of Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bletchley Park, Home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain's best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction open daily to visitors to learn how the Codebreakers' breath-taking achievements helped shorten WW2 by up to two years.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“For history nuts, a must.”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

I've been here twice now, and still need to go back to see more. Second time we didn't do the guided tour, and the colossus display has an additional entry fee, so we missed bits. The new museum area near the shop is absolutely worth seeing.

Visited April 2012
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Codebreakers HD”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Fascinating guided tour - so much to see - must visit again. Historians and enthusiasts abound - essential historical establishment, Enigma machine and other working communication equipment.

Visited October 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“So much more than I thought”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Arrived and was allowed to park the old car outside the mansion. Paid £12 for entrance but that does allow free entry for the next 12 months. We also paid £2 for entry to the Colossus exhibit. We started in Hut 8 and took the free guided tour, (audio handsets were available if you wanted to make your own way round), and found it informative and worth taking.
The site has so much to see from Colossus, the Bombe, model boats, some old cars, The Enigma machine ( that one of the guides took from behind the display to show it in operation), old cinema equipment (stay for the film 'Best of British' loads of clips of British films. Can you name them all?) and a collection of Churchill memrobilia. We stayed 7 hours and I'm sure we didn't see it all.

Visited October 2012
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A fascinating place!”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

I must admit before this year I didn't know much about Bletchley Park. After visiting I am hungry to read more about it.
There is so much history behind Bletchley Park. The home of the codebreakers & the world's first computer, Colossus.
Our 2 hour guided tour was very informative & a great introduction to Bletchley Park.
There is so much to see so best to allow a full day. We spent 4.5 hours here but would have liked longer. I popped into the Churchill Exhibition just before leaving & was amazed by how much memorabilia there was.
I did feel the one & only cafe could not cope with the amount of visitors so the queue was incredibly long. Best to eat early or later. A second cafe if funds allowed would certainly be an advantage on busy days. Plus more toilets near the cafe would help although there are others in the Mansion & dotted around the park.
We were disappointed the newly opened Radio Centre was closed on Monday & some of the Museum of Computing was closed. I understand the park is run by volunteers & they do not go in every day. More volunteers would be much appreciated so everything could be open everyday.
Thanks for a great visit, I hope to be back.

Visited October 2012
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“Not worth the admission”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

£3 for parking, £12 for adults and an extra £2 to see a big whirring machine.

What you get is one floor about the various cipher machines and code breaking work done during the war, and one floor containing any old ww2 tat they could find, completely unrelated to cryptography.

That's it, unless you count the PC museum (which was closed), a radio exhibition (now permanently closed) and a collection of model boats and some old cars.

It desperately needs a major overhaul. Interactive displays and games to engage visitors? Teach kids to make & crack codes? Give us some examples of successful war actions that were a RESULT of all this code breaking, rather than concentrating on repetitive technical descriptions of how a cipher machine works (which you probably won't understand unless you're a maths/engineering whizz).

As others have said - it's ramshackle, run-down, un-engaging and worst of all - extortionately priced.

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