Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Milton Keynes, England

Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:38am EST
 
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By Dan Lalor

MILTON KEYNES (Reuters) - Britain is looking for up to 100 apprentice spies to emulate staff at Bletchley Park, the former code-breaking centre that was once the most secret place in Britain.

Bletchley is now a suburb of Milton Keynes, a compact young city an hour's drive northwest of London best known for the number of roundabouts on its grid road system and where - if you believe national media - life is the epitome of suburban tedium.

However, nowhere in Milton Keynes is more than a 10-minute drive from centuries-old villages with soaring church spires set in a gently rolling landscape that is still home to "spooks" in secluded settings down quiet country lanes.

Reuters correspondents help you make the most of your time in a surprisingly interesting place.

FRIDAY

6 p.m. - Visit Xscape, one of Europe's largest indoor ski slopes, for a quick refresher on your skiing or snowboarding skills ahead of the winter season.

7:30 p.m. - Theatre - Catch a production on a national tour.

Step outside afterwards into the Theatre District and find a bar for a late supper or a nightcap. Or perhaps travel a short distance to The Jaipur, an Indian restaurant on a grand scale.   Continued...