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Milton Keynes destination guide

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


Places to eat, drink and shop

Calcutta Brasserie MK

Where to eat

Calcutta Brasserie, 7 St Pauls Court,

High Street Eat curry in the grounds of a 17th century chapel at this enjoyably unusual Indian restaurant, located in Stony Stratford. Sit below chandeliers and a replica of Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ and sample a menu that draws inspiration from across the Asian country.  

Hot tip: Mains dishes on the set menus can be replenished as often as you like

Cost of food: Two-course special from £18.95

Cost of drink: Beers from £3.25

The Swan Inn MK

Where to drink

The Swan Inn, Broughton Road  

Flagstone floors and low wooden beams make this 13th century thatched pub feel like a cosy country escape. Find a seasonal menu based on local produce, and a selection of real ales that changes weekly.  

Hot tip: During warm weather, make use of the herb-filled orchard beer garden  

Cost of drink: Glass of wine from £4.40

Cost of food: Mains from £12.50

Intu Shopping Centre

Where to shop

Intu Milton Keynes, 67 Midsummer Boulevard  

High-street stores abound in this easy-to-navigate shopping centre, with most open until 8pm. Snack on comfort food at the Five Guys burger joint, or top up on your five-a-day at the Fuel Juice Bar.  

Hot tip: Find fashion and homeware inspiration on the shopping centre’s blog