RWC Venue Guide: Milton Keynes

Date published: August 12 2015

Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, we explore the highlights in each of the host cities and venues.


Thursday, October 1: France v Canada
Saturday, October 3: Samoa v Japan
Tuesday, October 6: Fiji v Uruguay

City highlights:
With its meticulous American-style grid-patterned road layout, Milton Keynes is unlike anywhere else in the UK. It is also one of the most modern towns, having been a product of a 1960s British government initiative to create ‘new towns’ in the south east of England to relieve housing congestion in London. 

That makes Milton Keynes something of a bust if you’re a lover of history, but it’s deliberately equidistant location between London, Birmingham, Leicester, and the historic Oxford and Cambridge, make for an advantageous base for travel. There is also Bletchley Park, the home of the crucial World War II codebreakers, close by. 

That’s not to say that there are not places of interest for those hoping to enjoy a slice of rural England, though. Milton Keynes boasts the ‘redway system', a network consisting some 170 miles of paths for cyclists and pedestrians. There is also leafy Campbell Park and Ouzel Valley Park, and the Grand Union Canal is nearby as well.

Where and what to eat:
Down the town’s central street, Midsummer Boulevard, you’ll find ‘The Hub’ where you can choose from a variety of al fresco cafés and restaurants.

Pre-match drink:
The on-site Stadium hotel has the Red Dot Bar which welcomes non-guests. The closest pub to the ground is The Inn On The Lake, and the Enigma Tavern can be found a 15-minute stroll away on Saxon Street.

Post-match nightlife:
The Xscape complex in general is a vibrant place if you’re looking for something to do, but the Revolution Bar serving cocktails, food and drink is an especially renowned place to while the night away. 

MK is the home of football team MK Dons, who play in the second tier of the English game. Milton Keynes generally is not known for sport, with MK Dons themselves only being founded in 2004, but the town itself is a well-known music circuit venue. It has hosted international football matches and also staged the 2013-14 Women’s FA Cup final. 

Getting there:
The stadium is located just off the A5 and next to a retail park, so congestion is not unusual. The closest train station being Fenny Stratford just over a mile away.

Stadium:MK boasts a capacity of 30,500 and, as a purpose-built modern bowl-style stadium, atmosphere is rarely a problem should the action on the pitch excite.