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Visitors Guide to Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is a flourishing centre of contrasts; where business interests thrive side by side with leisure activities of theatre, walks in beautiful natural parkland.

In 1967 the Ministry of Housing and Local Government requested that a new town be built which could accommodate an incoming population of 150,000 Londoners over a period of 20 years.

Now that town, Milton Keynes, is a flourishing centre of contrasts, where business interests thrive side by side with leisure activities of theatre, cinema, walks in beautiful natural parkland, pub lunches, and peaceful canal trips. Milton Keynes is also the home of the famous ‘concrete cows’, an art installation created by Liz Leyh.

Another outstanding feature is the giant Xscape Dome, which hosts a sixteen-screen cinema and the largest indoor ski slope in the United Kingdom. For families with younger children the Gulliver’s theme park or the Eco Park next door are popular attractions, and for football enthusiasts, Milton Keynes Dons FC play their home games at their stadium south of the city.

However, if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle the Peace Pagoda in Willen Park, the first example of its kind in the Western world, is well worth a visit. There is tranquility, too, in the village of Stony Stratford, ten minutes from the city centre, where you will find some charming independent shops dotted around a quaint high street, and lots of pubs where you can savour good old-fashioned British food. Woburn Village, a 15-minute car journey away, also attracts many visitors.

Milton Keynes may be very modern, but it was built on 150 million years of history and sites dating back to 2000 BC have been unearthed in the area, along with the remains of a major Roman villa. Add to all this numerous green spaces, a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities, including a theatre which is attended by more people than other other in the country, a wide variety of restaurants, a splendid shopping centre, and ample hotel accommodation, and it is obvious that the town offers something for everyone.

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