I was born in Milton Keynes and have lived on the outskirts of the town my whole life. In fact, I have just bought my first home there as I love it so much and wouldn’t want to move somewhere new. MK is a bit of a weird place, and it’s hard to explain to someone who has never been before. As a Milton Keynes blogger, I thought I’d put together some top Milton Keynes facts and share with you some of the reasons why I love MK!
Milton Keynes Facts
Milton Keynes is actually a very interesting place, despite what lots of people think! Yes it’s home to concrete cows (don’t ask me why) and lots of roundabouts, but I promise there’s much more to it.Check out these facts…
- 2017 marks Milton Keynes turning 50 years old! It was first established in 1967 and was designed to house 250,000 people to ease housing congestion in London.
- We have a North American style grid road system which makes it super easy to drive around!
- It also has 300+ roundabouts (or over 1000 if you include the mini-roundabouts!) which link up all the grid roads allowing smooth road travel, even in rush hour.
- Looking for somewhere to buy your first property? Milton Keynes is Britain’s top location for the highest concentration of new build properties with new homes accounting for over a third of all property sales. Plus, 50% of Milton Keynes’ population is aged under 35, so is a great place for young people to live!
- Milton Keynes topped the list of towns with the highest property price growth over the last 30 years, and it’s also Britain’s fastest growing city, so it’s worth investing in!
- 40% of the town is green space, and more than 22 million trees and shrubs and 250 million daffodils have been planted in MK. It also has more than 180 miles of bridleways, footpaths and cycle tracks, so it’s great if you love the outdoors.
- MK is one of the UK’s top five locations for business start-ups, and MK is home to some of the biggest businesses including the headquarters of Dominos Pizza, Network Rail, the Red Bull Racing F1 team, BP, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Argos, and many more!
- The main city centre is situated in between the old towns of Newport Pagnell, Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Wolverton. And although lots of people call MK a ‘new city’, it’s actually still a town.
- Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II and was used as Britain’s main decryption establishment. It is believed that the work carried out in Bletchley shortened the war by two years.
|The windmill at Caldecotte Lake,|
Things To Do In Milton Keynes
There are so many things to do in Milton Keynes, I can’t even list them all! But here are a few of the more unique things you can do in our little town…
- Experience indoor skydiving at iFLY or skiing and snowboarding at Snozone in the Xscape building
- There’s plenty of shopping at The Centre:MK/Intu/MK1 shopping centres along with hundreds of restaurants
- Great child friendly attractions such as Woburn Safari Park, Go Ape high ropes course, and Gulliver’s Land family theme park
- It’s not all new and shiny, there are some traditional parts to Milton Keynes too! There’s the windmill at Caldecotte Lake, the historic house of Woburn Abbey, Willen Lake, and Bletchley Park museum.
- Brilliant nightlife including Milton Keynes theatre (the most successful theatre outside of London), Pink Punters (the fastest growing LGBT venue in the UK), Casino MK, plus plenty of pubs and stylish bars.
|The Hub, Milton Keynes|
Where to Stay in Milton Keynes
MK isn’t a huge place, but there is plenty of choice for accommodation ranging from small local B&B’s to modern serviced apartments. But if you’re looking for somewhere that’s great value for money, I always recommend Travelodge.
Travelodge have recently opened up a new hotel at The Hub, which is a vibrant district in Milton Keynes that’s always very busy on the weekend. The location makes it ideal for visitors as it’s in the heart of MK and there’s lots of bars and restaurants literally on your doorstep, including Cafe Rouge, Las Iguanas, and Browns Brasserie.
I recently stayed at the new Milton Keynes Travelodge hotel after a night out in MK. To get the evening started we literally stepped out of the door into The Hub for cocktails, and then got a taxi over to Pink Punters club in Bletchley. ‘Pinks’ is open until 6.30am on the weekends, but we ended up getting back at 3.30am and it was so nice to be able to go back to the hotel and a nice clean bed.
The Travelodge rooms offer comfy Sleepeezee Dreamer king size beds with a cosy thick duvet and plump pillows. The rooms also include everything you’d expect in a standard hotel such as flat screen TV, fresh towels, tea and coffee making facilities, and 30 minutes free wi-fi.
The location of the hotel is perfect as it’s so close to The Centre:MK and Intu shopping centres, as well as the big Sainsburys supermarket over the road (ideal for stocking up for pre-drinks!). If you’re visiting MK by train, Central Milton Keynes train station is less than half a mile away, but it’s also easy to access by car, although parking at the hotel can be limited, so it’s first come first served! There is an on-site restaurant and bar that serves breakfast and evening meals, but due to the location of the hotel, I’d suggest getting out and trying one of the local restaurants nearby!
Have you ever visited Milton Keynes? What did you think?