Things to do in Milton Keynes

As Britain’s most successful new town, there’s a lot to love about Milton Keynes. The town centre grid system makes getting around easy, and the dedication to open spaces – there are roughly 100 trees for every resident – means it’s a spacious and green-fingered town perfect for exploring when you stay in one of our five Milton Keynes hotels. If you’re wondering what to do in Milton Keynes, there’s no need to worry. As it’s a newly built town, it has state of the art facilities, including the Xscape arena and a ski slope, F1 simulators, family-friendly theme parks, indoor skydiving and much more. 


Thanks to its central planning, Milton Keynes is blessed with thousands of acres of parkland which encompasses everything from nature reserves, to modern sculptures and water sports. Plus, there’s always something happening at Arena MK and Stadium MK, two state of the art venues.  


No matter how you like to shop, Milton Keynes has something for everyone. From bustling flea markets where you can scout out hidden gems, to finding all your high street favourites at one of the popular shopping centres in Milton Keynes, you might need to spend all week shopping and drinking coffee though… it’s a tough life!


There’s so much to see and do in Milton Keynes. From indoor skydiving to family-friendly theme parks complete with F1 racing simulators, to seeing the Red Bull Racing Factory in all its title winning glory and taking fascinating bike and walking tours. There’s even quad biking and tree-swinging sessions for something a little different.

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Places to eat

Eat your way around the world at some truly excellent restaurants in Milton Keynes, or grab a coffee – and some of the best pancakes in town – and watch the world go by. Whatever food, cuisine or price you’re looking for, Milton Keynes has got you covered.


With pubs dating back centuries, there are plenty of public houses in Milton Keynes where you can soak up the atmosphere and some truly great beers. Plus, there are some superb bars, dance floor spaces and clubs for you to lose yourself in all night.


Be it town centre galleries specialising in art you can take home or the Milton Keynes Museum that recounts the growth of the town through the ages, you’ll find plenty of history and culture here.
Not to mention several stand-out events and festivals including the MK Food Fest.

Bletchley Park

An integral part of the British war effort, Bletchley Park is now a fascinating museum and attraction detailing how they helped break German intelligence codes, helping reduce the war by several years and saving millions of lives. A must visit for anyone with even a passing interest in history.


Whether you want to dance to live music, split your sides laughing at some comedy or cheer along a local football team, the entertainment in Milton Keynes is top class. The Milton Keynes Theatre is worth a visit too. Capable of seating 1,400 guests, it has a broad artistic remit that caters to all theatrical tastes.

Gulliver's Land

Designed for children aged up to 13, Gulliver’s Land is a purpose built theme park aimed at families and young children. Spread across several lands – including the newly opened Dinosaur Farm, the NERF and indoor Splash Zone – it’s a great way to spend a day, or even a couple of days, exploring the rides and activities.

Xscape Milton Keynes

The second-highest building in town, and located right in the heart of Milton Keynes, Xscape is a sprawling entertainment complex that fits in everything from 170 metres of real snow, perfect for skiing and snowboarding, alongside a bowling alley, climbing wall, cinema complex, gym, bars, restaurants and shops.

Getting around

Fly in via Luton, the fifth-busiest UK airport is only 25 miles away. Drive in using the nearby M1 or take the train to Milton Keynes Central, the main travel hub in the centre of town. Getting around really couldn’t be easier as the new town is modelled around an American-inspired grid system.

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Looking for a hotel in Milton Keynes?

Whether you're coming to Milton Keynes for a day at Xscape, a shopping spree, a show at the theatre, or a visit to Bletchley Park, there are five Premier Inn hotels in Milton Keynes for you to choose from. Plus they all have great places to eat and drink nearby, as well as parks and green spaces to explore.