More Bridges Than Venice
Many people who’ve never visited Milton Keynes think that it’s a concrete jungle. They couldn’t be more wrong. There are over 5000 acres of parkland as well as 15 lakes and 11 miles of canals (you’re never more than half a mile from a green space) and we boast more bridges than Venice.
Campbell Park at one end of the town centre is a stone’s throw from the theatre district and John Lewis. It’s a lovely park with footpaths leading you to a mix of formal gardens, ponds, sculptures, art, a cricket pitch and woodland. From there, you can walk down to the Grand Union canal tow path or across to Willen Lake.
At Willen Lake there are two lakes offering a range of water sports and leisure activities.
You can hire a canal boat along the Grand Union canal, or even just enjoy a stroll along the river.
The Art of the Matter
MK boasts one of the largest collections of public sculptures in the UK.
Some of it is work famous (our celebrated concrete cows, for example) and some less so, for example, the ‘Leaping Man’ sculpture, dedicated to local gold medal winning Olympian, Greg Rutherford.
The excellent art gallery, MK Gallery, has free admission and contains changing exhibitions of international art across five large gallery spaces. The Sky Room at the gallery offers fabulous views over Campbell Park whilst showing contemporary films.
The Milton Keynes Theatre opened in 1999 and has a 1400 seat auditorium with a fully retracting ceiling. It accommodates a wide range of productions, from large-scale West End musicals, to smaller, more intimate dramas.
There’s also The Stables Theatre in Wavendon which has a 398 seat auditorium and presents over 200 live and very diverse concerts each year.
Milton Keynes is a shopper’s paradise! The centre:mk is the main shopping centre with over 240 shops and restaurants in the centre of Milton Keynes with everything from typical high street shops such as Primark to high end designer boutiques. The centre:mk building is constructed from mirrored glass and opened in 1979 and is now a Grade II listed building.
There are also several retail parks dotted all over the town, the most notable being the MK1 leisure park in Bletchley which has big brand fashion stores including a Primark, Outfit, H&M, M&S and Next.
Despite being a new town Milton Keynes has some fascinating history.
It’s home to Bletchley Park – once the top-secret location of the World War Two Codebreakers. Bletchley Park played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. It’s also a birthplace of modern information technology and The National Museum of Computing can be found at Bletchley Park. On display they have a functioning Colossus machine which helped break German encryption during World War II.
Foundations to today’s modern city were laid in 1971. You can find out all about the growth of MK and the history of the area before the expansion at the independent Milton Keynes Museum near Wolverton.
Milton Keynes has robot deliveries driverless cars, and dockless electric bike hire and is consistently chosen as the location for forerunners in tech. The UK’s first smart home is available to buy in Milton Keynes; the cutting-edge smart homes come with the Apple Home app, Siri and Apple HomeKit accessories fitted as standard.
If you walk around the Monkston, Kingston or Broughton areas of Milton Keynes then you will come across these cute little robots roaming up and down the streets. The Starship Robots allow you to order products from Tesco or Co-op via an app on your mobile and the goods are then delivered to your door by the little robot.
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