Visiting Milton Keynes – A City Guide
Milton Keynes is a buzzing 1960s ‘new town’ brimming with nightlife, arts and culture. Its well-designed grid layout makes it easy to navigate and incorporates wide leafy boulevards, modern shopping and leisure centres and plenty of lakes and parkland. It’s an ideal stopping point if you’re travelling along the M1 motorway.
Milton Keynes: city layout
In central Milton Keynes you’ll find major businesses and shopping centres, the Xscape centre and the vibrant theatre district. The urban centre and outlying residential areas are surrounded by farms and parkland. The M1 motorway passes to the north-east, providing a fast and convenient link to London and the North.
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Hotels in Milton Keynes
In Central Milton Keynes you’ll have shops, bars and entertainment right on your doorstep. But it’s not all hustle and bustle – in Campbell Park you can find wide-open spaces, rolling hills and even grazing sheep. Tranquil Milton Keynes Village is close to Willen Lake, where you can try waterskiing and sailing. Hotels near here benefit from easy access to the M1.
Eating Out in Milton Keynes
You can enjoy international cuisine and sip cocktails at restaurants and bars in The Hub. The central piazza of this vibrant modern precinct also has live entertainment during the summer. The Theatre District has plenty of places to grab a pre-show bite. If you’re looking for a hearty meal, there are more than 300 pubs to choose from.
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Shopping in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes’ air-conditioned malls are packed with popular high-street stores. Next door to each other, thecentre:mk and Intu Milton Keynes have around 300 outlets to explore. Across town, close to the M1 in the Kingston Centre, you’ll find supermarkets and department stores, a gym and a tennis centre. You can pick up fresh produce at the farmers’ markets in Newport Pagnell, Olney, Stony Stratford, Woburn and Wolverton.
Unique shopping days in Milton Keynes
Culture & Nightlife in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes’ culture and nightlife centres around a few key zones. The Hub is a buzzing place with a central piazza and numerous bars. If you want to hit the dancefloor, Wonderworld at Xscape is a stylish late-night club with DJs every weekend. In the Theatre District you’ll find Cineworld Cinemas and the Milton Keynes Theatre, which hosts touring musicals, drama, opera and ballet.
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Visiting Milton Keynes with a Family
With theme parks, museums and fun activities indoors and out, Milton Keynes is ideal for families. Teenagers can burn off some energy with snow skiing, bowling, indoor skydiving and climbing walls at the Xscape centre. For younger children, Gulliver’s is a quaint theme park with water rides and live shows.
A fun day out with the family