Why go to Milton Keynes?
Celebrating its 50th birthday in 2017, Milton Keynes is one of the UK’s youngest communities. In a short space of time, a thriving arts scene has evolved with outstanding theatres and galleries. Enormous malls make for a shopper’s paradise, and high adrenaline activity centres offer the opportunity to ski, sail and skydive year round. And Milton Keynes is not all buildings - this surprisingly green town also boasts 5,000 acres of parkland, 22 million trees and excellent cycle paths.
- take a narrow boat cruise along the Grand Union Canal, which runs through the heart of the city
- originally founded by jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine in the grounds of their home, The Stables (now completely rebuilt) is a respected music venue
- learn about the top secret world of code breakers at Victorian estate Bletchley Park, where an intelligence factory was housed during World War II
- tap into the history of computing at the National Museum of Computing, also in the grounds of Bletchley Park
- honour an unconventional place of worship at a cathedral made of trees. The arch of leaves and branches can be found in Newlands
- explore the National Trust gardens at Stowe, with temples, bridges and monuments built in the 18th century