Events / Outings
BLETCHLEY PARK AND NATIONAL COMPUTING MUSEUM - WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY 2018
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:07
A FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
A visit to Bletchley Park, Home of the code breakers.
Bletchley is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.
On site there is also The National Radio Centre which is a showcase for radio communications technology—a technology powering the 21st century economy.
The centre provides the opportunity to experience the history and technology of radio communication and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The trip also includes an option for you to visit The National Museum of Computing and for a guided tour.
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
The cost of the trip includes your admission to Bletchley and the driver’s gratuity. A Bletchley Guidebook can be purchased for the special price of £3.50 (£6 if purchased on the day)
Entrance to the Computing museum is £5 and an optional guided tour is a further £10. The tour lasts about 2 hours and covers the full museum collection from Colossus onwards. Much of what is on display actually works, and the guides describe how the computers were used, tell anecdotes on their design and operation, and operate some of the equipment.
Eat and drink
There are a variety of food options at Bletchley Park.
- Hut 4, formerly a WW2 Naval Intelligence Codebreaking Hut, now houses the café. Open daily, there is a range of delicious hot and cold food to choose from including freshly cooked meals made on-site with locally sourced ingredients and children’s lunch boxes.
- There is a Coffee Shop in the Visitor Centre, serving cold and hot drinks, sandwiches, light snacks and treats.
- The Snack Kiosk in the Pump Room is open in the summer.
- The Tea Room in the Mansion serves afternoon tea most weekends with delicious sandwiches, delicate cakes and cream teas.
- If you choose to do so, take your own packed lunch…the choice is yours.
There will be at least one “comfort stop” during both the outward and inward journeys although toilet facilities are available on the coach.
Price and options:
Bletchley Park with entrance and driver Gratuity: £35.00
Add Guide Book £ 3.50
The Museum of Computing (short tour) £ 3.00
(long Tour) £10.00