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Bletchley Park. Photo: Shutterstock
Bletchley Park. Photo: Shutterstock

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Go on spy sightseeing – The locations of The Imitation Game

If you’ve seen Morten Tyldum’s wartime thriller The Imitation Game, you will have seen the melancholic scenery. Take a tour around the most secretive parts of England, where the movie was filmed.

Bletchley Park in fiction.

Bletchley Park

MI6-owned Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire was the main site of the British Government Code and Cipher School during World War II. It’s where Turing and his team did all their key work on the Enigma cipher machine. Now open to the public after an €11 million renovation.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire

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Joyce Grove

The film’s Bletchley Park scenes were shot at Jacobean-style manor Joyce Grove. The manor was built in 1908 for Robert Fleming, grandfather of Ian Fleming, creator of the fictional MI6 agent, James Bond.

Joyce Grove

Joyce Grove, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire

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Bletchley village

The Bletchley village scenes were filmed on Church Street, Chesham, at the northern end of London’s Metropolitan Line. The real Bletchley is now part of Milton Keynes.

Bletchley village

Church Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire

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Chancery Lane

In the film, we see Turing cycling down a heavily bombed Chancery Lane. Creating the scene required 80 tonnes of rubble to be dumped at the site – and quickly removed – during one weekend.

Chancery Lane

Chancery Lane at Carey Street, London

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MI6 headquarters

The interior of MI6 HQ (Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service) was filmed in the Lethaby Building, built in 1907. Today, MI6 headquarters are located at Vauxhall Cross.

MI6 headquarters

85 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall

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M16 code cracker Alan Turing (left) and actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo: Blackbear pictures

King’s Cross Station

This historic railway station was the location for one of the film’s early scenes.

King’s Cross Station

King’s Cross, London

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