Working and Living in Milton Keynes
Working and Living in Milton Keynes
Established less than 50 years ago, Milton Keynes is just 35 minutes by train from Central London and the fastest growing place in the UK, with a strong economy and an increasingly diverse population of 250,000. This is expected to grow to 300,000 by 2026 and 95 main languages are now spoken here.
The Borough of Milton Keynes covers a thriving urban centre, acres of green space and charming market towns. It has busy shopping centres and stylish restaurants; world-famous extreme sports facilities; beautiful lakes and open spaces; and a cultural calendar packed with great events including an innovative International Arts Festival.
Different by design. There are so many reasons to love Milton Keynes
Our city is unique. It’s purpose-designed for people who live life to the full. We’ve got dazzling sports and leisure facilities. Enviable shopping. Bars, restaurants and theatres that rival even the biggest of cities.
Everything is so easy to get to. It’s something everyone notices. Our grid system makes travelling by car or bus so easy and quick. Or if you’re under your own steam, you can whizz around on Redways that criss-cross the city with more than 270 kilometres of safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians
Where are you heading? If shopping is your passion, you’ll love thecentre:mk. This world-class undercover shopping centre attracts 30 million shoppers every year with more than 230 top stores, high street names and independent retailers. Midsummer Place is our stylish fashion quarter with an irresistible collection of designer clothing and high-tech home entertainment stores.
If you love one-off stores and traders, then head for the charming picture postcard towns and villages that surround our city. Try Stony Stratford, Woburn and Olney for quaint high streets and well-stocked farmers’ markets.
Sports and Leisure
Sports fans love Milton Keynes. No wonder. It’s the extreme sports capital of the UK with adrenaline-pumping excitement right in the heart of the city.
Step onto real snow and ski, snowboard or toboggan at the SNO!zone, one of the biggest indoor snow slopes in the country. Or defy gravity and fly like a bird at the amazing indoor skydiving centre Airkix. An unforgettable experience. Or if you don’t mind getting wet then head over to Wake MK for one of the UK’s newest and highest tech cable centres for waterskiers and boarders.
Art, Culture and Events
Culture lovers are spoilt for choice with our crowd-pulling venues and exhibitions. Browse at the award-winning Milton Keynes Gallery with its superb displays of contemporary art. Enjoy our city’s large collection of public sculptures, one of the biggest in the UK, with striking works by acclaimed artists all around the city.
Explore our surprising history. Tour Bletchley Park, now a museum attracting visitors from all over the world, and discover the secret headquarters of the ingenious war-time code-breakers. Trace the intriguing history of our region from 1800 to the present day at Milton Keynes Museum.
Our theatre and events get top billing too. Take in a show featuring West End stars at famous MK Theatre. Visit The Bowl, our stunning 65,000 seat venue, which plays host to superstars like David Bowie, Robbie Williams, Take That and Bon Jovi.
Wide open spaces
If it’s fresh air you’re after, you’re never far away from wide open spaces. We have more than 4,500 acres of parkland, woodland, lakes and rivers.
Campbell Park is our green oasis right in the heart of the city and nearby Willen Lake is our beautiful outdoor playground with more than 180 acres of lakes and parkland. You can walk, cycle, sail, windsurf, dragon-boat race or just watch the world go by in the tranquil surroundings of the Peace Pagoda. The choice is yours.
Facts and Information about Milton Keynes
- We're home to Bletchley Park, the historic site of secret Enigma code-breaking activities during the Second World War where Alan Turing designed the modern computer
- We were the first place in the UK to introduce kerbside recycling and built the country’s first solar powered house and we led on the introduction of electric car charging points.
- The city continues to innovate through the MK:Smart big data project in partnership with the Open University
- The city has great ambitions for sustainable living and working. In 2013 it was chosen as the home of government’s £150m transport catapult – a national hub for transport modelling and monitoring, and as the pilot area for driverless automotive ‘pods’, with 20 to be operational by 2015.
- A group led by Arup and Mitsui Europe are pioneering wireless charging on our new electric buses. And University College Milton Keynes is home to many more innovative projects with facilities such as the Smart Cities Institute and the Centre for Telehealth.
Parks, lakes and trees
- Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres of parkland, rivers, lakes, woodland and landscaped areas including over 22 million trees. No one in Milton Keynes is ever more than a half a mile from green space.
- It has 150 miles of dedicated pedestrian and cycling ‘redways’
- Water is a huge part of life in Milton Keynes. Its 400 acres of lakes gives it more shoreline than Jersey.
- There are over 200 pieces of public art around Milton Keynes. Many of these, including the famous concrete cows, are looked after by the Parks Trust in our parks and green spaces
- Xscape features some of the best and most diverse entertainment and leisure activities in the UK. Indoor skiing and snowboarding, indoor sky-diving, rock-climbing, a multiplex cinema, retail outlets, and numerous bars and restaurants
- At The Hub in Central Milton Keynes you'll find some great entertainment including restaurants and bars - check their website for the latest event details
- The Casino MK, within the Xscape complex, opened in September 2013 and is the largest casino outside London offering 108 slot machines, a 150 seat poker room, 22 live gaming tables, a restaurant and sports bar
- The National Bowl is the UK’s premier all-outdoor live music venue with acts such as Linkin Park and Jay-Z, Robbie Williams, Take That, Green Day, Eminem and The Prodigy all performing in recent years
- The Stables is Milton Keynes’ premier live-music venue offering a wide range of musical genres including jazz, blues, folk, rock, classical, pop and world music
Culture and history
Milton Keynes is a vibrant and diverse city bringing together theatre, museums, art, sculpture and architecture all within the city centre and the surrounding areas.
- Milton Keynes Theatre is the most successful theatre outside London's West End with productions ranging from show stopping musicals to world-renowned opera and the yearly pantomime
- MK Gallery offers free exhibitions of international contemporary art
- Milton Keynes City Orchestra is the live classical music resource for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. Over more than 30 years, it has built a national and international reputation through performances of outstanding quality.
- Woburn Abbey, the ancestral home of the Duke of Bedford, houses private collections of art, furniture and porcelain on public view
- Museums galore including Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes Museum, The National Museum of Computing and The Cowper & Newton Museum
- The historical market towns of Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton and Olney are just a stone's-throw away from the city centre
Sports and activities
- Home to Milton Keynes Dons FC, you can watch League One football in the 30,000 capacity state-of-the-art stadium
- The Rugby World Cup is coming to Milton Keynes in 2015.
- Milton Keynes is home to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team
- Experience indoor real-snow skiing and snowboarding at Snozone at the Xscape complex, as well as rock-climbing and indoor sky-diving, then head to Bounce, a 14,000 sq. ft. indoor trampoline playground.
- You can try cable wakeboarding and waterskiing at Willen Lake.
- The legendary Silverstone circuit is just 20 minutes drive away.
- There are 10 golf courses within the city centre and surrounding areas, including Woburn Golf Club, ranked one of the top 100 courses in the UK
Last Updated: 10 January 2020