Nineteenth-century mansion best known the site for British and Allied codebreakers during World War II. The estate housed the British Government Code and Cypher School, which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. Among its most notable early personnel the GC&CS team of codebreakers included Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander and Stuart Milner-Barry.
£20 per person
Campbell Park hosts a mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture. Nearby, the Belvedere, offers views into Bedfordshire. Chain Reaction, the distinctive sculpture overlooking Campbell Park, celebrates all those who played a part in Milton Keynes’ creation. It is one of several artworks in the park which are also part of the Milton Keynes Art-walk.
Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. The park is open year round and there is no admission fee, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged.
Relax in the grounds of Chicheley Hall or explore the footpaths and bridleways surrounding the estate.