Bletchley Park advice

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Theimpossiblegirl Sun 30-Jul-17 16:50:02

I really want to visit Bletchley Park with my Dds as my Grandmother worked there in WW2 when she met my Grandfather. so its a really important part of our family history. Any recommendations for local hotels, other places to visit, tips for visiting gratefully received.

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thingscanonlygetbetterrrr Sun 30-Jul-17 16:57:25

Don't eat in the cafe at the entrance, expensive and very poor quality. Take a picnic as the grounds are beautiful. Not far back to the car park either to put bags in when you are done. Other than that I found the whole place fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed it

gonegrey56 Sun 30-Jul-17 17:00:22

There is a lot to see, you can spend a whole day there. Good idea to take a picnic . I found it absolutely fascinating and if you have a family connection, you can look up the records there of all who were involved .

PigeonPie Sun 30-Jul-17 17:07:12

There's enough in the main site for a day's visit - especially if there are children's activities there (which there sometimes are). I think it's an amazing place and to be honest, films like Enigma and the Imitation Game don't do it justice at all. Also worth reading up about it if you can. I find all the history, and the fact that it was predominantly women who worked there, quite inspirational.

The National Museum of Computing is also on the site, and is an additional charge, but to do them both justice, don't do them on the same day unless you have huge amounts of stamina. I am not really 'into' computing, but I found it fascinating - particularly Colossus.

Woburn isn't too far from MK. As we live not too far away, I can't recommend places to stay I'm afraid.

deplorabelle Mon 31-Jul-17 08:57:49

Milton Keynes Ikea is just down the road for cheap food if it isn't picnic weather

EBearhug Mon 31-Jul-17 09:22:47

I agree with it needing a full day, and TNMOC also being well worth visiting, but not on the same day.

If you're going to visit TNMOC, check the days - they're not open every day. I had a tour, which was good.

EBearhug Mon 31-Jul-17 09:23:41

Do you know what your grandmother did there? Or your grandfather?

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 31-Jul-17 09:58:45

She definitely worked on some if the machines as she also helped to smash them up after the war. She couldn't tell us for years but it all came out when my dds were learning about ww2. She's sadly no longer with us so it would be a kind of personal pilgrimage to visit.

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EBearhug Mon 31-Jul-17 10:52:54

I think you'll have a great day out - it's really interesting, even without the family history.

itsmehello Wed 02-Aug-17 14:49:22

Great day out indeed, but I would stay somewhere in London. It's a short train ride away from King's Cross.

Sittinginthesun Wed 02-Aug-17 14:53:54

I absolutely loved it. We went on a quirt day, and had a fantastic guide show us around. We ate in the café, and it was fine, nothing special, but fine.

I think it is best on a dry day.

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