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Bletchley Park-day trip north of London

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I want to encourage anyone who is visiting London in the future to take a train out of Euston Station up to Bletchley Park for the day.

For those who are unfamiliar with Bletchley Park and the history behind it-here is the short version.
Before WW2 started, a property was purchased 40 miles north of London by MI6(think James Bond). They handpicked the top math,science and cryptographers folks from Cambridge and Oxford to work there.Their mission was to try and break the codes of the infamous Nazi ENIGMA machine which the Germans used in all of their campaigns.During the war,over 9,000 folks worked there with both men and women contributing their talents. By cracking the ENIGMA codes and the development of the Colossus computer,they were able to lessen the loss of lives and two years of the war. One of the remarkable things was letting the Nazis to believe that the Allied invasion/D Day would be near Calais instead of Normandy thus having them move half of their German troops there.

To get there, you take the train out of Euston Station for around 14 pounds round trip-the ride goes through beautiful countryside and towns for around 40 minutes. Bletchley Park is less than a block away from the train station and an easy walk. If you show your train ticket with an online coupon, the admission is 2 for 1 (around 15 pounds).The admission ticket is good for a year so you can come back on the same ticket for a future visit.

You will receive a free headset with a commentary that runs throughout the Bletchley campus. There are numerous buildings to see,hands on puzzles to see if you can break the codes,restaurant/cafes,videos,artifacts and museums,etc.It is absolutely fascinating and very well done. We spent over 4 hours there and found we still didn't have time to do the Colossus computer museum before it closed at 5pm.Personally, I would try and get up there by 11am to enjoy everything in one day.

Interesting tidbit-The irony of those who worked there was that they signed a "Secrets Act" with the UK government which stated that they could not tell anyone what they were doing or did during the war for 50 years. Because the time limit is over and the ability to open old files has happened, this place has once again come alive for future generations to let them know what was happening behind the scenes during WW2!

(PPS had a series for the past 2 years called Bletchley Circle that dealt with the women who had worked there during WW2 and meet up again in the early 50's to work cases for the police.)

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