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Milton Keynes is at the very heart of England and its progressive, adventurous, exciting but essentially relaxed feel represents the very best of modern Britain today.
The common misconception about Milton Keynes is that it is nothing but concrete and roundabouts, but that could not be further from the truth. With over 6,000 acres of green spaces, lakes and over 20 million trees you are never more than a few minutes away from parkland, canals and woodland walks. Its unique grid road system and over 180 miles of ‘redways’ mean it is easy to navigate from one side of the city to the other.
Milton Keynes is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities and was designed for future growth, with ambitions to deliver over 30,000 new homes by 2031. Yet it is still a cost-effective location, with the average house price significantly cheaper than London and the Southeast Region.
The city’s cultural diversity has kept up with the pace of its growth – it boasts museums, an art gallery, live music venues, theme parks, a bi-annual arts festival, a highly successful theatre, a 30,000-seater stadium, an indoor real snow slope, two major shopping centres, a wide range of restaurants and bars, and much more beyond.
Things to do in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is a cultural and historical revelation. Although it is a new city, just over 50 years old, it manages to effortlessly blend its modern-day culture with some deep-rooted history. This unique combination of new and old makes Milton Keynes one of the most unusual cities in the UK.
Bletchley Park is just a ten-minute drive from the city centre. Home to the famous WWII codebreakers it is one of Britain’s best kept secrets and is now a vibrant heritage centre telling the incredible story of these wartime heroes. Milton Keynes Museum is where history comes to life with amazing re-creations and displays you can touch and try out. Celebrated as one of the UK’s most family-friendly museums it tells the story of the area through the centuries.
The all new, redeveloped MK Gallery opened in March 2019 and since then it has proved so much more than just a gallery. It brings world-class exhibitions to Milton Keynes but also runs a cinema from its Sky Room, has live music and comedy nights, offers a family and learning programme to explore the artistic world and has an excellent café.
One of the region’s leading live entertainment venues, Milton Keynes Theatre showcases the best West End and touring productions from across the UK, offering a wide and varied programme including first class dance, drama, musicals, opera, comedy and children’s shows. Located just a few minutes’ drive from Central MK, The Stables is one of the UK’s most popular music venues. Founded by the world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine in 1969, The Stables now presents more than 500 concerts and workshops each year.
Stadium MK is a state-of-the-art 30,530 seat stadium in Milton Keynes and is home to the MK Dons Football Club. When not hosting the beautiful game, Stadium MK is transformed into an impressive music venue recently hosting sell-out concerts by Take That, Rod Stewart and Rammstein. The Marshall Arena, located just next door, holds sporting events, concerts, product launches, exhibitions and elaborate Christmas parties.
Milton Keynes is renowned for its retail therapy options - it really is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for state-of-the-art, modern, undercover shopping centres like centre:mk or Midsummer Place, or traditional independent high street shops and farmers’ markets, MK has it all.
Activity options – indoor or out
Xscape Milton Keynes is a year-round leisure and entertainment indoor destination. You can ski and snowboard on real snow any time of the year at Snozone, simulate skydiving at iFly, watch a movie and excite the senses in Cineworld’s 4DX screen, while away the hours on wall-to-wall trampolines at Gravity and then grab a quick bite or take time to dine in at a wealth of restaurants and takeaway options.
Gulliver’s Land Resort is an expansive family resort which includes Gulliver’s Land Theme Park, Dinosaur and Farm Park, Splash Zone and themed accommodation. It is tailored to younger families especially for children between the ages of 2 and 13. Explore water rides like Jungle Falls or hop aboard Desperado Drop, Gulliver’s tallest ever drop tower with spectacular views of the park and Milton Keynes.
Willen Lake is the largest of Milton Keynes’ many lakes. The south lake is where you’ll find all the watersports and activities including Treetop Extreme, the county’s only urban high ropes course, one of the UK’s largest outdoor splash parks Splash ‘n’ Play and the all-new, state-of-the-art watersports centre where you can learn a whole host of activities such as wakeboarding, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and more. If adrenaline sports aren’t your thing, head to the north lake where you’ll find the tranquil Peace Pagoda, the first built anywhere in the western hemisphere, and a beautiful place to relax and unwind.
You can also explore the many public art trails on e-scooters that are easily available to rent, go high speed racing at karting centres, challenge the family to indoor crazy golf, get fit and have fun at the multiple climbing centres, unleash your inner Torvill & Dean at the ice rink plus enjoy horse riding, cycling, sailing, open-water swimming and much more.
Living in Milton Keynes
Living in Milton Keynes feels very different to anywhere else. The city’s position means it is perfectly located both to travel to and from any part of the UK. The central location and excellent transport links via the M1 motorway, mainline London to Birmingham rail service and its proximity to London Luton Airport make it ideal for personal and business travel.
46% of the MK population is aged under 35 making it a lively, vibrant fun place to live and work. It’s home to over 14,000 businesses and has one of the UK’s most productive and highly skilled workforces. Many large UK-based companies call MK home including Mercedes-Benz, Red Bull Racing, Santander, Network Rail and Home Retail Group. The city is also host to an amazing array of new technology developments including Starship Robots that deliver groceries and takeaway direct to your door. Milton Keynes is also trialling self-driving pods in the city centre as a new, innovative, green public transport option. And MK is a leading player in the roll out of gigabit full fibre broadband running straight into homes and businesses helping to create a digital revolution.
This article has been brought to you by Destination Milton Keynes, the official tourism and information provider for the city.
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