The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Milton keynes
Here is everything you need to know about Milton Keynes, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Milton Keynes insights
Milton Keynes’s population
House price’s in Milton Keynes
Is Milton Keynes a nice place to live?
Is Milton Keynes safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in, in Milton Keynes
Travelling in Milton Keynes
What are the schools like in Milton Keynes?
Universities in Milton Keynes
Eating and drinking in Milton Keynes
Shopping in Milton Keynes
Hotels in Milton Keynes
Top 10 things to do in Milton Keynes
A large town in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes is about 50 miles north-west of London. On the Northern boundary of Milton Keynes is the River Great Ouse. Milton Keynes has 2 SSSIs and is made up of urban areas and park land.
The town of Milton Keynes was built in the 1960s, under a scheme from the government to ease housing congestion in London. It was the biggest site in this scheme and had a target population of 25,000.
In terms of economy, Milton Keynes is one of the strongest in the UK; it has the 5th highest number of business start-ups per capital in the UK. It is also home to several major and international companies.
According to the 2011 census, the population of Milton Keynes was about 230,000, it is estimated that the population will reach 300,000 by 2025. In one year the population of Milton Keynes grew by 1.04% (2717 people) which is over the average growth rate in England which is 0.83%. Compared to the UK average, the population of Milton Keynes is on the younger side, 27.4% of the population are 19 and under, the UK average is 23.7%.
The current average house cost for Milton Keynes in 2021 stands at £329,751, which has an increase of 5.34% compared to the previous year.
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The employment rates in Milton Keynes are pretty good; 74% of people that live there are in some form of paid employment and 48% of people work full time, between 35-45 hours per week. In 2020, the average salary stood at £35K-£38K per year.
Unfortunately, the cost of living in Milton Keynes is quite high; an average weekly food shop will cost around £63, which is actually higher than central London. The same goes for car insurance which on average costs £556.40 per year and petrol is also on the pricy side at around 118p.
Compared to other places in South East England, Milton Keynes doesn’t do well in terms of technology, the fastest internet speed you can hope for is around 21.4mbps and 5% of Milton Keynes isn’t covered by mobile signal.
History and Landmarks
You may have heard of Bletchley Park, a country house and estate within Milton Keynes; it was used to house the government code and cypher school during the Second World War. This was achieved by decoding encrypted messages sent by the German forces; this meant the government knew the site of German attacks. Although the work that was done there was kept secret until many years after the war had ended, those that worked there were instrumental in ending the war 2-4 years early. The most notable person to have worked there is Alan Turning; he was part of the team that worked to break the German Enigma code.
You can now visit Bletchley Park; tickets cost £21 for adults, £12.50 for 12-17-year olds and are free to under 12s. There are various exhibitions and events to participate in that people of all ages will enjoy.
In Milton Keynes, for every thousand people there are 32.7 crimes reported per year. Compared to the national crime rate Milton Keynes’s crime rate is at 104%. 32.2% of the crime in Milton Keynes is classed as violent crime. From September 2019-August 2020 there was 16.7 thousand violent crimes reported, which is an increase of 13.5% from the year before.
This is thought of as one of the best places to live in Milton Keynes. The South Basin gives you access to various leisure activities such as wind surfing, dinghy sailing and many others. It was also built to capture flash floods, so it’s a safe area to live in.
This picaresque place to live is situated on the banks of the River Ouzel. It has the feel of a small village or town, but is well connected to the main city. Walton is a popular place to live in Milton Keynes.
This market town offers a range of pubs, shops and restaurants, while maintaining the feeling of a cosy village. There is also a music festival held in Stony Stratford every year called the Folk on the Green. There is a lot of history in the town and is a very popular area.
With a population of only 6000 people Middleton is a great place to live if you don’t like the busy feel of a city. There are a few schools scattered through Middleton and people love the scenery they find there.
The biggest train station in Milton Keynes is Milton Keynes Central railway station, which opened in 1982.The station is located on the west coast main line, which is about 50 miles northwest of London. The trains you will find there are from Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and Southern regional services.
There are over 40 bus routes in Milton Keynes and bus company Arriva supply Milton Keynes with 10 of these bus routes. For longer journeys you can use Stagecoach or Centrecoach.
Milton Keynes has ranked as one of the best places to go green driving in the UK due to its many programmes and facilities, including free parking in the town centre for electric cars. In fact, parking in general isn’t a big concern if you live in Milton Keynes even during peak times. The city is also served by the M1, which is a great link if you are traveling by car. One thing to take note of is the grid road system within Milton Keynes which means it has a large amount of roundabouts.
Whether with your own bike or hiring one, exploring Milton Keynes is very easy through its cycle paths. Hiring schemes are managed by Santander Cycles, which provides 500 bikes across 50 locations for visitors and residents.
The closest airport to Milton Keynes is Luton airport, which is around a 30-minute drive.
Commuting to nearest city
You can drive from Milton Keynes to the centre of Birmingham in an hour and a half, the same goes for London. You can also travel to these nearby cities by train, as both have direct lines.
Milton Keynes’ Closest Hospital
Milton Keynes University Hospital- this is a district general hospital serving Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas including; Buckinghamshire, south Northamptonshire and north-west Bedfordshire. It is located in the Eaglestone neighbourhood. This hospital has been open since 1984.
Milton Keynes mainly provides primary and secondary education, in which it has around 86 primary schools with approximately 23 have an Ofsted rating of “Outstanding”. Most of the secondary schools have also on Ofsted rating of “Outstanding” or “Good”.
While Milton Keynes is the largest urban area in the UK to not have its own university, one is in the planning stages. However there are universities near Milton Keynes; the University of Bedfordshire has a Milton Keynes campus. The University of Bedfordshire is an international recognised, award winning institution ranked as one of the top 250 universities in the world. It is known for its vibrant, cosmopolitan student population and has a heritage of high quality education dating back more than 100 years. Its student population is over 20,000 with students hailing from all over the world.
University accommodation costs
A standard en-suite room on the Luton campus will cost £109.50 a week, whereas a deluxe plus en-suite room will be £149.50 per week.
A traditional village pub in the heart of Milton Keynes serving quality British dishes.
Serving Turkish food in a relaxed environment, a great place to try something different in a lovely cosy environment.
Great for those who love authentic Indian food and great value for money.
Nightlife in Milton Keynes
When it comes to summertime, nothing will beat a good cocktail especially within a buzzing atmosphere. This is why we recommend Be At One bar during the summer or a sunny day. There are plenty of options to choose from for all types of tastes with over 100 cocktails other than the classics.
A further choice is BrewDog, which is famous for its Scottish brewery’s craft beers. It has a unique spirit for friends gathering with reasonable prices.
Popworld has to be the first stop to dance the night away if you enjoy a very bright, rainbow coloured spot with some great mix of music and plenty of themed events that vary from summer to Christmas vibes.
Revolution is another option for a whole party spirit in the clubroom with music always blasting. It is popular with being fuelled with bar snacks and different new cocktails. It is always lively in every occasion, from birthday parties to Christmas parties and stag do.
Entertainment in Milton Keynes
If you are a fan of skiing, snowboarding, or sledging, Snozone offers the best indoor on real snow adrenaline rush. You don’t have to wait for winter to go as it is opened all year long! It is the perfect place for all ages as there are various activities suiting different age groups, which is great for either a friends or family day out. You don’t have to worry about you skills or abilities in skiing as it offers beginner lessons, not to mention its own restaurant “The Alpine Kitchen, serving delicious food if you are spending the day there.
Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes Theatre, one of the region’s most important live entertainment venues, presents the top West End and touring productions from across the UK. It is also offering a diverse variety of world-class dance, theatre, musicals, opera, comedy, and children’s performances. It suits all ages for a fun day due to its variety of programmes.
Milton Keynes Museum
There are various events, exhibitions, and special occasions going regularly in the MK Museum. It is suitable for all ages to spend the day that will take you to the ancient and modern histories.
Miton Keynes has a good selection of shops, for those looking to spend some money. Milton Keynes has an intu shopping centre that houses 47 shops and 9 restaurants and cafes, the intu centre is just a 15-minute walk from Milton Keynes Central train station. Adjacent to intu you will find The Centre:MK which is another shopping centre which houses high-street stores and cafes and restaurants, including; Costa, Wagamama’s and KFC.
Some of the shops you will find in the Intu shopping centre are;
- Dr Martens
- Jack Wills
- Lego Store
- Top Man
Milton Keynes Top Attractions
The Secret Garden
A top go to place for picnics, peaceful walks, and wandering in a beautiful view, The Secret Garden located in Wolverton tend to be the residents’ most popular choice for a sunny day out.
Lakes and the Grand Union Canal
If you are enthusiastically attracted to Venice’s bridges and canals, you have to know that Milton Keynes has more bridges. There are 15 lakes and 11 miles of canals, which offers many different types of scenery to choose from.
The Jurys inn is a 5-minute walk from Milton Keynes railway station and is very close to the main shopping centres in the area. It has a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a bar and restaurant. Each room has a flat screen television and you will find spa toiletries in the bathrooms.
A 3 minute drive from the centre of Milton Keynes it offers large bedrooms and free parking. What makes the Novotel that little but nicer than other hotels is the heated indoor pool, gym and sauna. You will find tea and coffee facilities in your room as well as plasma screens TVs and free Wi-Fi.
The Milton Keynes Holiday Inn is located near junction 5 of the M1. It has a fitness centre and conference facilities. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a pillow menu and tea and coffee making facilities.
- Big Rock Hub
- Bletchley Park
- The National Musuem of Computing
- Milton Keynes Theatre
- Gullivers Land
- Formula Fast Indoor Carting
- National Radio Centre
- Daytona Milton Keynes
- Thrift Farm
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