Enigma Variations: A guided tour of Bletchley Park

Saturday 20 March 2010, 07:30 start


The West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire branches of the BCS have arranged a trip to Bletchley Park, the National Codes Centre on Saturday 20 March, 2010.

Most of you will be familiar with the general history of Bletchley Park - BP to its aficionados  It is now the National Codes Centre, in honour of the work during Word War II in breaking the German and Japanese military communications.

The costs cover the coach, tour fee, lunch and other refreshments at BP and are as follows:

  • Leeds departure - Member - £32.50
  • Leeds departure - Non-Member - £36.50
  • Sheffield departure - Member - £31.50
  • Sheffield departure - Non-Member - £35.50

(including VAT)

The plan is:

  • Coach pickup at 07:30 from outside West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (near LS2 7UP.  See Leeds map for public car parks nearby. The cheapest private car park is the long stay railway station car park off Aire Street (LS1 4HT); there are also some NCP car parks nearer to the Playhouse.)
  • Coach pickup about 08:15 from Weedon St, Sheffield, S9 2 (entrance to Meadowhall overflow car park)
  • Arrive Bletchley Park about 11am - Tea coffee and biscuits
  • Introductory talk, followed by the first half of the tour around the outside of the wartime buildings in the grounds of Bletchley Park, where visitors are given a detailed history of the site and its code breaking activities.
  • Lunch about 12:15 - Sandwich buffet; mixed leaf salad and crisps with dips. Tea, coffee or soft drink. (Please state special dietary requirements when booking.)
  • The second half of the tour includes a visit to Block B museum which tells the complete Bletchley Park story. It houses the Abwehr Enigma machine, Lorenz machine and Bombe Rebuild. The tour also includes a visit to the Colossus Rebuild.
  • Tea, coffee and mini chocolate brownies or mini muffins before departure (about 3:30pm).

Please be at your pickup point in plenty of time. A contact number for the day would be useful so that we can ring you should there be a problem.

Wheelchair users: The coach can take folding wheelchairs in its boot but there are about 3 steps up into the coach itself. Bletchley Park can provide wheelchairs if needed. If you will be taking a wheelchair or you need one providing please state this in the "Special Instructions" box when booking.

Closing Date for bookings is midnight of Monday 8 March 2010.


Bletchley Park Visit Poster (PDF)