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  • 1. History of Milton Keynes

    In the 1960s, the government decided that a new town would be created to ease the housing congestion in London; that town was Milton Keynes. Formally designated as a new town in 1967, Milton Keynes has grown over the years and has now reached its goal of being a major regional centre. The town was developed on land that was mainly farmland and undeveloped villages, and it is e...Read morequidistant from the major UK cities of London, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Leicester. Although Milton Keynes can be seen as a very young town when compared to its counterparts, the area of land where the town was developed has historical links that date back as far as the Iron Age. Read less

  • 2. Now in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes is a vibrant and exciting new town, so there is always a lot to do. With fantastic shopping, museums and attractions, it's a great place to visit.

  • 3. Events in Milton Keynes

    The most important event on the Milton Keynes calendar is The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, where the best racing car drivers from around the world meet at Silverstone in one of the country's most exciting events. Milton Keynes is also the host for the MK Half Marathon and Festival of Running, and the World Picnic at Campbell Park which celebrates music, dance and all the cultu...Read moreres of the world. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes has many attractions including two museums: the Bletchley Park Museum and the Milton Keynes Museum. Bletchley Park Museum of wartime cryptography charts and explores the history of code cracking during wartime, and the Milton Keynes Museum includes the Stacy Hill Collection which traces the rural life of the area before the new town was founded.

  • 5. Things To Do in Milton Keynes

    Xscape in Milton Keynes is the perfect place to visit for all of you adrenaline junkies. You can ski, snowboard, toboggan and even sky dive in the centre. If your kids are too young, or you prefer something a bit less dangerous, then Gulliver's Theme Park is a world of fun for children aged 2-13.

  • 6. Business in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes has a range of different businesses that range from small independent shops and restaurants to well known and popular chains. The town has a very large covered high street that is perfect for a bit of retail therapy, whatever the weather.

  • 7. Transport in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes has five railway stations: Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Bletchley, Stratford and Bow Brickhill. The M1 runs to the east of Milton Keynes, and provides great transport links to the rest of the country.

  • 8. Entertainment in Milton Keynes

    The National Bowl in Milton Keynes has a capacity of 65,000, and has seen performances from world famous stars such as David Bowie, Eminem, The Police and Jay Z. There are many other smaller music venues in Milton Keynes, including The Stables which welcomes bands from a wide range of different musical genres, from pop to folk, and the punk, rock and heavy metal venue, The Pitz...Read more Club. Milton Keynes Theatre opened in 1999, and has a fantastic programme of shows all year round. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Milton Keynes

    Early phases of the development of Milton Keynes included work by celebrated architects including Henning Larsen, John Winter, Sir Richard MacCormac, Lord Norman Foster, Martin Richardson and Ralph Erskine. Milton Keynes Theatre is a must see for all architecture fans, as the custom made ceiling can be lowered to create a smaller and more intimate space for some productions.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Milton Keynes

    The music video for Cliff Richard's 1981 hit ‘Wired for Sound', which featured Cliff and his dancers roller skating through a shopping centre, was filmed in Milton Keynes.

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