Stay on after Rugby World Cup games in the surprising new town of Milton Keynes for shopping parks, indoor ski slopes and those famous concrete cow statues.
Experience a slice of the African Savannah and mingle with big game such as lions, tigers and elephants at Woburn Safari Park, and budding spies can crack World War II codes at Bletchley Park, once home to the famous Enigma codebreakers also just south of the town centre. Towering 13-metre climbing walls and 170-metre real snow slope keep all ages amused at Xscape located in the centre of Milton Keynes, and petrol heads can get into pole position for the high-octane F1 and ‘superbike’ races at Silverstone grand prix circuit – nicknamed ‘the home of British racing’ – just half an hour away.
At Gulliver’s Land theme park, families can drive around a miniature Lilliput Land on moon buggies and play pirates on The Buccaneer ship ride, or you can swing from trees at the Aerial Extreme high ropes course, which gets you five metres up in the air.
Bag international brands from Kurt Geiger to Swarovski in the huge, glass-fronted city centre mall, thecentre:mk while Midsummer Place next door is packed with high street fashion favourites such as Superdry, Hollister and Zara. Next to stadiummk is the MK1 Shopping Park so you can indulge in some retail therapy before or after the rugby.
Less than 30 miles north of Milton Keynes is Althorp stately home, Princess Diana’s former family residence. Follow her life in the five-gallery exhibition, which includes school reports and that famous wedding dress.
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