Milton Keynes City Guide
Milton Keynes History
The area that was to become Milton Keynes encompassed a landscape that has a rich historic legacy. The area to be developed was largely farmland and undeveloped villages, but with evidence of permanent settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.
In the 1960s, the British government decided that a further generation of new towns in the south-east of England was needed to relieve housing congestion in London. The site was deliberately located equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge with the intention that it would be self-sustaining and eventually become a major regional centre in its own right.
Milton Keynes Today
Milton Keynes has become one of the most exciting cities in the UK to visit for all ages and interests. With indoor skiing, climbing and sky-diving you can be sporty whatever the weather, or go outside to surf, sail and test your mettle on the aerial rope course.
Milton Keynes Leisure
There are adventure parks, such as Gulliver's Theme Park, and visitor farms for kids, and amazing artwork and areas of interest for those who want to have a more relaxing day. Milton Keynes is famous for its shopping and is one of the region's major retail areas, with a vast range of shops, markets and superstores as well as the well known Bicester Village designer outlet. Great train links and proximity to the M1 means that you can be in the centre of London or Birmingham in under an hour. The Vizion Apartments would be a great place to begin your shopping tour! It offers deluxe one bedroom serviced apartments in Milton Keynes' Hub development.
If you're a bit of a 'petrol head' then 15 miles NW of Milton Keynes is the famous Silverstone racing track. Silverstone is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987. From Ferrari to Lotus, through rally cars, racing cars and even 4x4s, a Silverstone Experience is the best way to indulge your passion for driving.
World famous Bletchley Park is a must see attraction for history buffs. The site of the UK's main decryption establishment during World War 2 and once Britain's Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.
Xscape indoor ski dome is ideal for those more adventurous souls. You can experience the thrill of an indoor real snow slope, rock climbing, indoor skydiving, bowling and laser games. And if that's not enough excitement there's a state of the art 16 screen Cineworld cinema along with bars, restaurants & cafe's, a selection of the best urban clothing and adventure retailers and much more besides. Theatre District apartments offers great accommodation nearby, with 1 bed serviced apartments and a two bed serviced penthouse in central Milton Keynes.
The Milton Keynes Bowl is a major entertainment venue. It's a massive outdoor venue which can hold 65,000 people. The National Bowl has hosted Queen, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Eminem, Greenday, Take That, The Prodigy and Bon Jovi. Why not stay centrally at either the one or the two bedroom serviced apartments available at The Hub:MK and take in a great band.
The magnificent Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is a lovely day trip from Milton Keynes. Located about 30 miles south west of the town and set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, the magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award winning formal gardens and the Great Lake, offering an unforgettable day out for all.
The National Trust acquired the beautiful gardens at Stowe in the 1980's, and the scale, grandeur and beauty of these gardens make this one of Georgian England's most remarkable creations. Over 40 temples and monuments grace an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys with an endless variety of walks and trails, near to Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes Transport Tips
The nearest airport to Milton Keynes is London Luton Airport which is situated a 30-40 minutes drive sotuh east of Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes is a good connection point from both the north and south with trains ging upt to Birmingham and Manchester Piccadilly as well as down to London Euston from Milton Keynes Central.
If you are driving to Milton Keynes there is a quite a lot of parking options near Milton Keynes Central station, have a look at Parkopedia to find your space.
The young and energetic city of Milton Keynes is a cyclist’s paradise waiting to be discovered. With rides to suit both leisure and more serious cyclists, you can mountain bike on challenging trails or take the family to explore the beautiful lakes and parkland.
Two National Cycle Network routes pass through the city connecting you to other parts of the region. There are 273km of Redways, a network of maintained paths that criss-cross the city and allow you to ride safely to the city centre or the outlying villages; they are particularly safe for children or novice cyclists. For more information about cycling routes and other useful cycling links have a look at DestinationMiltonKeynes for more info.
For bus services around Milton Keynes have a look at ONEMK for routes and timetables.
WHAT TO DO IN MILTON KEYNES
Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Northampton. Click one to find out more.
- Bletchley Park
Once Britain's Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers, is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Visitors can explore and experience the top secret world of iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within the atmospheric Victorian estate nestled in a microcosm of Buckinghamshire countryside. Discover the secret world!
A day at Bletchley Park now includes an exciting, complimentary new Multimedia Guide in order to explore the site at your own pace and in your own time. A one hour outdoor walking guided Tour is also available. A Family version of the Multimedia Guide will be introduced in autumn of 2013 to help children learn about WW2 Codebreaking whilst having fun with puzzles and challenges. Exhibitions available include The Life and Works of Alan Turing, the only reconstructed Bombe machine and the largest display of Enigma machines on public display in the world.
For more information visit: www.bletchleypark.org.uk
- Airkix Indoor skydiving @Xscape - Personal favourite of ours!!
Highly recommended - We've been!!
Read all about our visit to Milton Keynes and what we thought about the Airkix experience: http://bit.ly/MKvisitPAS
More information: www.airkix.com
- Xscape entertainment centre, Milton Keynes
If you're looking for action and excitement then Xscape Milton Keynes is the place for you. Get yourself ready to play, eat and shop at The Ultimate Entertainment Destination.
Experience the thrill of their indoor real snow slope, rock climbing, indoor skydiving, bowling, laser games, the state of the art 16 screen Cineworld cinema, bars, restaurants & cafe's and a selection of the best urban clothing and adventure retailers and much more besides.
For more information visit: www.xscape.co.uk/milton-keynes
- Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, the magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award-winning formal gardens and the great Lake, offering a unforgettable day out for all.
Blenheim Palace is a unique example of English Baroque architecture. Inside, the scale of the Palace is beautifully balanced by the intricate detail and delicacy of the carvings, the hand painted ceilings and the amazing porcelain collections, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room. On the first floor 'Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story' brings to life enticing tales from the last 300 years.
Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, the Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.
For more information visit: www.blenheimpalace.com
If you want to explore the whole area why not try the Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Tour with Golden Tours.
- Milton Keynes Museum
The Museum is located in the peaceful surroundings of Stacey Hill Farm. Stacey Hill Farm was built early in the Victorian era as a model farm. It was located on the the outskirts of Wolverton, one of the UK's original "railway towns".
Today the buildings overlook the "new city" of Milton Keynes but when they were built they were in the middle of the countryside. The extensive displays portray the history and development of the North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire area. The area has changed greatly over the years, culminating in 1960s with the creation of Milton Keynes, the UK's largest and last "new city".
For more information visit: www.mkmuseum.org.uk