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Milton Keynes has an interesting history, originally designed as one of the country’s new towns. It is known for its grid roads and great number of roundabouts! There’s always lots to see and do here, with a booming cultural scene and plenty of prize-winning attractions. The open-air National Bowl is a popular destination for large-scale events, while the Stables provides a venue for jazz, blues, folk, rock, classical, pop and world music. The town has a municipal public art gallery, presenting free exhibitions of international contemporary art, along with two museums – the National Museum of Computing and Milton Keynes Museum. What’s more, Milton Keynes has a theatre and art centre, catering for amateur dramatic groups and amateur music theatre groups. There’s something for everyone!
Milton Keynes has consistently benefitted from above-average economic growth. Outside of London, it is ranked as one of the most attractive places for business, along with Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester, and is home to several national and international companies including the UK headquarters of Argos, Domino’s Pizza, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Volkswagen AG, Red Bull Racing, Network Rail and Yamaha Kemble. In 2015, it was reported that the town had seen the highest growth in jobs out of the biggest 64 towns and cities in the UK during the preceding decade. This could be down to the high number of business start-ups that reside here.
The Open University’s headquarters are also in Milton Keynes. But, because it is a distance learning institutions, the only students that are on campus are around 200 full-time postgraduates. Milton Keynes College provides further education up to foundation degree level, while, like most parts of the UK, the state secondary schools in the town are comprehensive schools, such as Stantonbury Campus and Denbigh School. Private schools in the area include Webber Independent School and Milton Keynes Preparatory School.
Milton Keynes has six railway stations no less! And in terms of nearby motorways, the M1 runs along the east, the A5 runs through the centre, and other main roads link Milton Keynes to Wellingborough, Kettering, Buckingham and Bedford. Its proximity to the M1 has led to the construction of a number of distribution centres on the outskirts of the town, such as Magna Park on the A421/A5130 junction.
Most of the house sales in Milton Keynes over the past year were detached properties, which sold for an average of £445,137, while the overall average price was £301,671, which is an increase of 5 per cent on the same time the previous year. Yes, property prices are expensive in Milton Keynes, largely due to its fantastic transport links and booming industry.
If you are planning a visit to the town anytime soon, be sure to take in Liz Leyh’s iconic ‘Concrete Cows’. It’s a fascinating sculpture of three cows and their calves that’s really helped to put the town on the map!