If you’re looking for a quick and affordable journey to Milton Keynes, your best bet is to book with National Express. Scroll up to see your travel options to one of Britain’s most active cities.
From as little as £5 you can travel from London Victoria to Milton Keynes in just 1 hour and 30 minutes.
While Milton Keynes has all the facilities of a modern city, two-fifths of the city is open space, meaning that the city never feels too congested or busy. Houses and industrial estates are hidden behind grassy banks and lines of trees, so you never feel too far from the countryside.
MK also has 15 lakes, 11 miles of canal, 180 miles of footpaths and cycle tracks as well as 100 shrubs to every resident. It’s a city with some quirky secrets too. On Midsummer Boulevard, for example, the sun rises at its east end on the Summer Solstice. It’s a city of surprises where people love to get active.
Attach a rope, grab a safety helmet and head up into this obstacle course in the treetops.
Release your inner Tarzan as you swing from rope-to-rope, leap between platforms, try not to get stuck in giant rope spider’s webs and tackle climbing walls which double up on the vertigo.
There are different levels of difficulty meaning that it’s suitable for all ages, and you can return to earth at high-speed thanks to a series of thrilling zip lines.
Uncover the fascinating tale of the WW2 codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the home of famous codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing (whose life’s story was told in the 2014 film The Imitation Game). Intercepting thousands of German communications on a daily basis, this once top-secret centre was vital in the Allies’ World War 2 victory.
The collection holds 10,000 items, from cipher machines to radio equipment – including a detailed guide to the inner workings of the Bombe codebreaking machine. Just as importantly, they also have Porgy – Turing’s teddy bear.
The Milton Keynes Museum has an eclectic and often surprising collection: from concrete cows and steam engines to a Victorian house and school, and even a WW2 Air raid shelter.
Many of the exhibits can be touched and tried, so it’s quite a different experience from locked glass cabinets and restrictive velvet ropes. However, the most hands-on attraction of all is the tea room, with their homemade cakes.
A theme park designed with small people in mind, Gulliver’s Land is a family theme park loosely based on the book by Jonathan Swift. 70 rides and attractions are geared towards even the smallest of Lilliputians, including junior rollercoasters, shows geared towards young audiences and a log flume.
Check out the digger-themed rides at JCB Zone. Dinosaur animatronics stalk the land at Dinosaur and Farm Park or you can go to war in the NERF Zone. Big fun for little people.
Willen Lake is yet another example of Milton Keynesians making the most of their outdoor spaces.
While Willen Lake is a great spot to relax and enjoy a little nature, you won’t stop locals getting out on the water to windsurf, paddle boat, swim or fish. There’s also football, zorbing and Segways for hire. Or you can always just take a walk and have a cup of tea.
You might not associate skiing with Milton Keynes, but SNOZONE’s indoor ski slope means you can enjoy perfect powder all year round. On 220-feet high real snow slopes, there’s skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing available, as well as a viewing area and bar for those who like to take things at a slower pace.
Plenty of ski lifts mean you don’t have to wait long before your next fix of downhill speed. Best of all, you don’t need to take anything. All equipment can be hired and there’s a range of lessons available that cater for all skiing and snowboarding levels.
As well as being home to SNOZONE, XSCAPE is an indoor centre crammed with things to do.
Fancy flying through the air without jumping out of a plane? iFly Indoor Skydiving lets you skip the vertigo and get straight to the weightlessness as you’re pushed up into the in a powerful vertical wind tunnel – spin, twirl and dive until your heart’s content. There’s also tenpin bowling, a Cineworld featuring the UK’s first Superscreen and 4DX cinema, shops, a casino and restaurants aplenty.
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