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A Snapshot into.. Milton Keynes

  • September 14, 2020

Whilst not technically named as a City, Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire that deserves recognition!  The town central location within the UK, just 50 miles North West of London, make it extremely accessible from many transport routes, both motorways, rail lines and airports. With an estimated population of 270,984, which continues to grow annually, Milton Keynes is a popular living destination for many!

The Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a medium sized hospital that provides a full range of acute hospital services and an increasing number of specialist service to the growing population of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. With around 550 beds and employing more than 4,000 staff, the hospital sees and treats appropriately 400,000 patients each year comprising of both outpatient and emergency attendances. Overall the Hospital has a ‘Good’ CQC Rating.

Facts About Milton Keynes

  • Milton Keynes Borough covers 119 square miles.
  • No-one in Milton Keynes is ever more than half a mile from a park.
  • More than 22 million trees have been planted in Milton Keynes
  • MK has over 5,000 acres of parkland, rivers, lakes and woodland.
  • The Point was the first multiplex cinema in Britain and opened in 1985.
  • There are 15 lakes and 11 miles of canals in and around the town.
  • There are five international airports within 90 minutes drive of Milton Keynes.
  • The MK Dons Football Club is based in the city at stadium MK which is a 30,000 all seater stadium, over 1,000,000 people have watched football there since it was built in 2007.
  • Milton Keynes has over 200 works of public art.
  • The Open University was the world’s first degree-awarding distance learning institution.
  • The aqueduct across Grafton Street, built in 1991, was the first built in Britain for 50 years.
  • 7.5 million people live within a one hour drive of Milton Keynes.

Cost of Living in Milton Keynes

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Milton Keynes to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


51 Minutes


3 Hours 9 Minutes


3 Hours 50 Minutes


1 Hours 54 Minutes


5 Hours 47 Minutes


1 Hour 15 Minutes


2 Hours 50 Minutes


5 Hours 9 Minutes

Education in Milton Keynes:

According to the information available on the government website, Milton Keynes has access to 107 Primary Schools and a further 22 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Milton Keynes Council website here.

Milton Keynes is also home to the Open University, a leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the UK and in 157 countries worldwide. From Arts to Engineering to Music and Statistics, the University offers hundreds of multidisciplinary courses and has over 50,000 students.

Things to do in Milton Keynes:

Stadium MK

Stadium MK is a 30,530 seat stadium in Milton Keynes, and home to MK Dons Football club. The stadium is also home to the DoubleTree by Hilton, a 3,420m2 indoor arena, Marshall Arena, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Dons Sport & Education Trust. The largest indoor space in the area, Marshall Arena hosts car launches, televised darts tournaments, tech exhibitions, concerts, and bespoke parties. The arena space is spread across three floors, including balconies, green rooms, and bars.


Snozone are the UK’s leading snow centres for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow. Snozone Milton Keynes is an outstanding venue for skiing and snowboarding indoors on real snow slopes giving visitors an authentic slope experience. The centre offers private and group lessons for everyone from 3 years upwards and has lots of options to ski, snowboard and even sledge.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain's best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction open daily for visitors to learn how the Codebreakers' breath-taking achievements helped shorten WW2 by up to two years. Bletchley Park is open to the public and offers Exhibitions that go into detail on topics like the star mathematician Alan Turing, the enigma machines, Lorenz Cipher and Japanese Codes. You can also step into the offices of Alan Turing and another codebreaker Alastair Denniston and see the restored working Bombe computer used by these cryptologists.

Willen Lakeside Park

In the eastern part of town is a massive open space formed around a “balancing lake” on the River Ouzel, which was built to capture floodwater to prevent damage downstream. The southern portion of the lake is a recreation area. Wake MK is also found here, providing lessons in wakeboarding, kitesurfing, kneeboarding and waterskiing. There’s also a “splash ‘n’ play” park for youngsters, with more than 60 water features like a water tunnel, water cannons and special water play area for toddlers. Another attraction on the south shore is the Treetop Extreme high ropes course. The north lake is more sedate as a sanctuary for migrating aquatic birds.

Relocation to Milton Keynes:

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Milton Keynes, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

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