Best Shopping: Combining both intu Milton Keynes and centre:MK, the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. It provides everything you need for a day out, from popular high street boutiques to a huge range of restaurants.
Best Kept Secret: Older than Milton Keynes itself and once a secret from the whole world, Bletchley Park now offers a unique insight into one of the most revolutionary advances in wartime technology.
Milton Keynes is quickly establishing itself as one of the prime tourist location in the UK. With a plethora of restaurants and bars, huge stretches of greenery, and a canal to rival Venice, the New Town offers a range of enjoyable activities and outings. Amongst the historic landmarks and the thriving cultural scene, you’ll also find some fantastic shopping opportunities and amazing days out for the whole family.
Milton Keynes Theatre
Opened in 1999, Milton Keynes Theatre serves as the new town’s primary entertainment hotspot. Its auditorium can operate at 1,400 capacity, and its ceiling can be adjusted to suit anything from intimate performances to grand scale productions. Shows range from musicals, dance, and opera to comedy and drama, and a creative learning department working in the theatre offers show-related classes and workshops.
The theatre also contains the stylish Piano Bar, offering live piano, a selection of wine and cocktails, and freshly made barista coffee, as well as a delicious food menu available from 6pm before evening performances. Milton Keynes Theatre can be found just a 15 minute walk from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
The Comedy Cow
The Comedy Cow group bring a variety of local and well-known comedic talent to three different locations in Milton Keynes. Originally based in The Crown in Stony Stratford, a pub built in 1666, The Comedy Cow now also performs at the stylish Red Dot Bar in Stadium:MK as well as the largest casino outside of London – Casino:MK.
Offering shows of traditional stand-up and observational comedy in addition to a number of musical acts, the company’s performances give you a great chance to enjoy a relaxed and entertaining night out. The Crown is a half hour journey from our Milton Keynes hotel by public transport, whilst Stadium:MK is a 20 minute trip for the Red Dot Bar, and Casino:MK is a 15 minute drive away.
Milton Keynes’s Chrysalis Theatre is a fantastic venue that regularly puts on a range of theatre productions and concerts as well as cinema and dance. The multi-use building can hold 200 in its stylishly decorated auditorium, and has previously played host to big stars such as Frank Bruno and Felix Dennis.
Refreshments are served in the foyer, and you can find a wide selection of locally grown and produced food in the theatre’s Camphill Café. Chrysalis Theatre is just a ten minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
The Stables opened in 2000, and has since been the home of an outstanding array of music and entertainment. Its Jim Marshall Auditorium can hold up to 448 people, whilst its smaller Stage 2 can host 100, and both spaces combined regularly put on 350 concerts and 250 education sessions a year. Productions on show range from classical music, jazz, and blues, to comedy and family shows.
The Stables also contains Café In2, where you can find a range of snacks, light meals, and desserts from 6pm on concert nights, whilst its Spinadisk store specialises in CDs, DVDs, magazines, and signed memorabilia. You can find The Stables a fifteen minute drive from our Milton Keynes hotel.
For a day of unmatched family fun and adventure, look no further than Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes. The theme park has a huge range of rides and attractions – the Dinosaur and Farm Park offers tree-top dinosaur spotting, hundreds of animals in a number of exhibitions, and a number of tractor rides. The splash zone is fantastic for some watery fun, and the Nerf Zone provides the chance for an action packed experience.
Gulliver’s Land also offers a selection of food and drink, from pizzas, burgers, and fish and chips to salads and sandwiches, and the gift shop has a range of toys and sweets that make the perfect end to a fantastic day out. Open from 10:30am and closing between four and five thirty depending on the time of visit, Gulliver’s Land is only a ten minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
Si5 Spy Missions
Nail-biting action awaits you at Si5 Spy Missions Milton Keynes, where you can take part in an experience like no other. Use your spy skills to break codes and puzzles, evade security, and race against the timer to complete the mission and save the world with your friends! Disarm bombs, stop nuclear launches, and battle enemies on the Cruiser Steadfast in this one-of-a-kind escapade.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Si5 Spy Missions Milton Keynes is located just a 5 minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
Xscape Milton Keynes offers fun, entertainment, and relaxation for people of all ages. Keep the kids occupied with Airkix indoor skydiving, Ellis Bringham Trek and Climb, and Snozone skiing and snowboarding as well as bowling and a cinema. Shop to your heart’s content at boutiques such as O’Neill or Trespass, choose from a selection of restaurants, or enjoy some adult entertainment at the Casino MK as well as a selection of other bars and clubs in Xscape’s nightlife scene.
Xscape Milton Keynes is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, with various opening times for each of the attractions, and can be found a 15 minute walk from our Milton Keynes hotel.
Milton Keynes Museum
The Milton Keynes Museum gives the chance to explore a number of exciting exhibits, ranging from its Back in Time High Street, where you can see how people would shop in decades gone by, to the Victorian School Experience that lets you immerse yourself in a 19th century education. Visit the Connected Earth attraction to see the history of communication, or have some old-time fun with the enjoyable parlour games that show what entertainment was like in a time before TV.
When you’ve seen the attractions, drop in to the Granary Tea Room for cakes, sandwiches, and hot or cold drinks before trying the gift shop, housing a broad selection of interesting and historical gifts as well as the museum’s own honey and preserve collection. Find Milton Keynes Museum just a ten minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
National Museum of Computing
Located in Bletchley Park, the National Museum of Computing is home to the largest assortment of still-working vintage computers in Europe. Learn about the development of a machine that has become common throughout the world, and see restored versions of some of the most influential computing creations in history, including the Colossus and the Harwell Dekatron. The museum also has a number of galleries where you can study the Colossus, the Tunny, and pieces of historical software.
The galleries are open daily, and the rest of the museum is open on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm in the summer and 5pm in the winter. You can find the National Museum of Computing a 15 minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
Bletchley Park is one of Britain’s most iconic destinations for its role in codebreaking during World War II, and today the site lets you explore the place in which history was made. Restored to its 1940s appearance, Bletchley Park now contains a number of exhibits dedicated to its war-time function, the story of codebreaking, the life and works of Alan Turing, and the way of life during World War II. Realistic soundscapes in the museum recreate the atmosphere of Bletchley Park during its hay day, playing sounds of conversation, laughter and other sound effects to bring the grounds to life.
Once you’ve explored the site, find the Hut 4 Café and sample one of their delicious sandwiches, salads, or soups, or drop in for a cold or hot drink at the Visitor Centre Coffee Shop. Bletchley Park’s gift shop offers a number of puzzles, books, and DVDs, as well as a selection of WWII apparel. Find Bletchley Park a 15 minute drive from our Milton Keynes hotel.
Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre
Combining The Centre:MK and intu Milton Keynes, the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is one of Europe’s biggest. The centre houses a huge range of shops and restaurants, as well as a number of entertainment opportunities for younger children. With well-known boutiques such as Accessorize, M&S, and TK Maxx, and several popular restaurant chains from Nandos to Pizza Hut, the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre has all you need for a rewarding day out.
Open from 9:30am to 8pm on weekdays, 9am-7pm on Saturdays, and 11am-5pm on Sundays, the shopping centres are located just a 5 minute drive from Jurys Inn Milton Keynes.
MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park
The MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park is a new shopping district perfect for a spot of retail therapy. Offering a number of stores from River Island to New Look, MK1 is a hub of fashion and clothing. The park also has several restaurants, including a Bella Italia and a Pizza Express, and an Odeon cinema, making it ideal for a day out with the family.
Opening times vary from outlet to outlet, and the MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park can be found a ten minute drive from our Milton Keynes Hotel.