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|Price range||From £119|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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Bletchley Park - The secrets of war
Uncover the secrets of Bletchley Park and discover how its code-breaking activities, and Churchill's 'Silent Geese', hastened the end of the second world war. Clandestine operations, enigma machines and tales of deception are brought to life on this trip, which includes an optional 'Palace of War' excursion to Blenheim palace.
- Return coach travel
- One night dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation in a good hotel in the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire area
- A visit to Bletchley Park with a self-guided tour
- A visit to Oxford
- The services of a Newmarket tour manager
Leaving your pick-up point in the morning we'll head to Oxford. Explore the colleges, such as Christ Church, head to the shops of the covered market, or simply relax and enjoy afternoon tea at England's first coffee house, the Grand Cafe. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Blenheim palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Learn how the palace survived the onslaught of 400 evacuated boys on the guided 'Palace at War' tour, marvel at the English Baroque architecture, and wander the award-winning formal gardens and 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown's parkland. We'll arrive back at our hotel in time for dinner.
Find out how the intelligence produced at 'Station X' shortened the second world war by two years on today's Bletchley Park self-guided tour. See the famous German, code-breaking 'Enigma' machines up close; discover the private collection of Churchill memorabilia; and visit Bletchley's wartime sub-post office, believed to be an undercover mailroom with the secret address of PO Box 111 Bletchley. In the afternoon we'll head home, arriving back in the local area by early to mid evening.
You will be staying in a good hotel in the Bedfordshire area, such as the Days Hotel. All the bedrooms will have private facilities, colour TV, radios and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and the hotel will have a good bar and restaurant.