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Culture and History

Milton Keynes is a cultural and historical oasis. Although Milton Keynes is a new city, it manages to effortlessly blend modern-day culture with deep-rooted history.

Culturally and historically, 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. You can easily spend a weekend or even a week exploring the cultural offering alone

  • 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 - to view a short animated film on the Theatre and Gallery click here
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Milton Keynes Arts Guide gives you loads of information on the many different artforms available to visitors and includes a walking tour of the art within the City Centre - it is available free from MK Gallery and libraries across MK
  • 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, National Badminton Museum, The National Museum of Computing and The Cowper & Newton Museum
  • The beautiful gardens at National Trust Stowe are steeped in history and are just outside Milton Keynes
  • The historical market towns of Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton and Olney are just a stone's-throw away from the city centre

The culture and history alone, in and around Milton Keynes, could keep you and your family occupied for a long time but combine this with the wide range of other activities available and you'll be surprised at what a great destination Milton Keynes really is.

To find out more about the cultural and historical attractions available within Milton Keynes call us on +44 (0)1908 688293 or email us at info@destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk