Adventures around Milton Keyneswith PlusBus

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Concrete cows are just one of the distinctive icons of Milton Keynes. Enjoying city status since 1997, MK is also known for its many roundabouts, for the low-rise grids of its pioneering New Town and lots more. At Milton Keynes museum, you can discover the history of Buckinghamshire's largest settlement and even see the original concrete cows in the place where they were made. In the centre of the city you can shop till you drop, ski down the Snozone, stroll through Campbell Park, and even walk on the ceiling of the Upside Down House. Then hop on a bus to Bletchley Park and explore the world of war-time code breakers. Ask for PlusBus when you buy a train ticket to Milton Keynes and you can do all this and more. Read on for details.

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  • Great for: engineering | family fun | industrial heritage | sculpture |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Bletchley Park

    Bletchley Park is famous today for its once-top-secret work breaking enemy codes during World War II, when nearly 10,000 people worked there. This mansion in Bedfordshire and the huts around it were the wartime home of the Government Code and Cipher School. The school’s mission was to read encrypted German messages, including those generated by the famous Enigma machine. Today, it’s a huge and fascinating museum and a must for budding codebreakers.

    • How do I get to Bletchley Park by bus? From Milton Keynes Theatre District (or from the railway station) bus 4 runs every twenty minutes to Bletchley railway station, right next door to Bletchley Park. Bus 5, bus 6 and others also run regularly to Bletchley bus station, just a few minute’s stroll away. You can follow Good Journey’s directions or use the Good Journey travel planner to plot your own route. Best of all, Bletchley offers 2-for1 entry for visitors who arrive in the area by train.
    • Once inside, explore the original huts where the code-breakers worked and see Alan Turing’s office and notebooks. There is also a reconstruction of the Bombe, a code-breaking machine operated by hundreds of Women from the Royal Naval Service (Wrens).
    • As well as crucially helping to speed up the end of World War II, the work at Bletchley Park led to ground-breaking technological innovations. The cryptanalysts and engineers who worked there invented the earliest forms of today’s computers and launched the information age, changing the world in extraordinary ways.