Wartime Memories and Codebreaking
It’s no surprise that the interest and fascination with the wartime period remains as high as ever. In this special tour we step back in time, visiting the remarkable collections at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and discovering the secret world of Britain’s WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park.
With a series of permanent and temporary exhibitions the museum will take you through the history of some of the World’s most famous aircraft, how air and sea played a role in the First World War, the conservation of the museums artefacts, how fighting on land has changed since the first world war, and much more! At Bletchley Park, view the types of machines used to break codes during the war, find out how Bletchley Park became the home of code breakers and view the collections from the war. Visit the special D-Day immersive exhibition.
Dates throughout 2019 & 2020
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Imperial War Museum Duxford, and a wartime singalong
Today we travel to Imperial War Museum Duxford, near Cambridge. Duxford was an important airfield in WWI and played a vital role in WWII. Today, the site is home to Britain’s largest aviation museum, housing the Imperial War Museum’s large exhibits, including nearly 200 aircraft The site accommodates several British Army regimental museums, including those of the Parachute Regiment (named Airborne Assault) and the Royal Anglian Regiment.
Uncover the secrets at Bletchley Park.
Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, was the central site for Britain’s codebreakers during WWII and the birthplace of the modern computer. The Bletchley Park team regularly penetrated the secret communications of the German High Command. A modern visitor centre leads out to various restored ‘huts’, each of which had a specific role in the codebreaking effort, and a museum housing an original ‘Enigma’ machine. As you walk around, listen out for the highly atmospheric soundscapes playing snatches of conversation, music and laughter, as well as the noises of bicycle bells and steam trains to conjure up how the site would have sounded during WWII. You can also visit the new D-Day immersive exhibition explaining Bletchley Park’s secret D-Day role.
Park Inn Bedford *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2016
This hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Bedford, along the Great River Ouse. Restaurants, pubs and shops are within walking distance. Guests can use the gym and sauna and the hotel has excellent meeting facilities. Gourmet burgers are served at the RBG Bar & Grill where a beautiful river views accompanies your meal. Each of the 120 bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and features flat-screen TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift serving all floors.
Bedford Swan Hotel *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2016
This unique 18th – century property is located in Bedford town centre, overlooking the Great Ouse River. The train-station is just a 15 minute walk away and guests can explore the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. The Bedford Swan Hotel has a Roman Bath inspired swimming pool and Jacuzzi – perfect for you to relax and unwind! The River Room Restaurant serves classic English dishes and offers beautiful river views. All the comfortable rooms are air-conditioned and feature work space, mini fridge, hospitality tray and in-room entertainment.
Jurys Inn at Milton Keynes *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in May 2018
This stylish hotel is located in the centre of Milton Keynes on Midsummer Boulevard. Guests can relax in the modern bar offering a menu of light snacks, have coffee in the on-site Costa Coffee bar and enjoy first class meals in the contemporary restaurant. There are 279 spacious bedrooms, all of them offering large soft beds, en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, work areas and flat-screen TVs. Adapted rooms for disabled use are available and there is a lift to all floors. Coach parking can be found nearby.
|2019 dates||from £199.00 per person|
|2020 dates||from £189.00 per person|
Picture: Lorenz Machine At Bletchley Park © mubsta
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