Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire located 49 miles north-west of London. It is famous (or infamous) for its concrete cows, constructed in 1978 by artist Liz Leyh with the help of local schoolchildren. Over their lifetime, the cows had been kidnapped and held for ransom, stolen, painted with pyjamas, beheaded and painted to look like Zebras.
However, for tourists and locals alike, there are a lot of things to do in Milton Keynes than just admire the cows. This site provides comprehensive information on things to do in Milton Keynes, attractions and Milton Keynes accommodation.
Milton Keynes was built in the 60's to relieve housing congestion in London. It was formally designated as a new town on 23rd of January 1967 and its radical plan attracted attention internationally. Celebrated architects including Sir Richard MacCormac and Lord Norman Foster worked on its early phase.
Perhaps, one of the most important Milton Keynes attractions and its major contribution to the architectural world is its shopping building designed by Stuart Mosscrop and Christopher Woodward. Twentieth Century Society Inter Alia regarded the building as the finest twentieth century retail building in Britain. Visitors are spoilt for choices of things to do in Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes activities include shopping, visiting art galleries or farms and extreme sports to name just a few. Shopping experience in the city should not to be missed. Its shopping centre is constructed out of glass about half a mile in length and is considered Europe's longest under-cover shopping centre with over 190 shops to visit, including large national stores and independent specialist shops.
For families, there are a lot of Milton Keynes attractions that both adults and children can enjoy. Family friendly Milton Keynes activities include picnics in the park, a ride in a miniature train, in-door skiing, visits to adventure parks and farms and experiencing the world of Roald Dahl. Milton Keynes Museum offers a glimpse of how lives of ordinary people changed over the past two hundred years. Children can enjoy a visit to the Nursery and Toy Room in the museum and learn how children lived and played in the past.
Sports enthusiast will not be short of things to do in Milton Keynes. If you want to be adventurous, you can try snowboarding, cable wakeboarding, waterskiing and rock-climbing. Sports car fanatics can also have a go at sports car racing on the famous Silverstone circuit, which is just a 15 minutes drive away from the city centre. And if you want to explore heights, you can also climb treetops and defy gravity. Other things to do in Milton Keynes are horse riding, tobogganing and sailing.
However, the city is not only a place for extreme adventures and shopping. For someone looking for a peaceful sanctuary, the Peace Pagoda is a perfect place to stop. It is the first Pagoda built in the western hemisphere. It is home to a thousand cherry trees and cedars donated by Yoshino, an ancient Japanese town. The Peace Pagoda was built by the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji and they are always pleased to welcome visitors to the temple.
Milton Keynes accommodation offers varied choices, from luxury serviced apartments, to hotels and bed and breakfast. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are also a number of campsites available. Serviced apartments are becoming a popular choice for visitors who are intending to stay for a few days. Apartments usually have the comforts of home with the added bonus that someone comes and cleans it. Wi-Fi and sky are standard and rates are usually very reasonable compare to hotels.