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The National Bowl

The National Bowl is an open-air venue with no seating. It consists of a grass amphitheatre, crescent shaped and gently sloping down to a large flat area in front of the stage allowing excellent viewing of the performance from all parts of the arena. The Bowl is surrounded by secure perimeter fence with several entrances/exits allowing access from all sides.

Please note that for concerts at the venue in excess of 50% of people arrive by car so traffic around the venue can be heavy - please plan your journey accordingly and arrive in good time. For up to date travel information onthe day of the concert tune into BBC Three Counties Radio on 104.5 FM or Heart MK on 103.3 FM.

The full address of the National Bowl is:
The National Bowl, Watling Street (V4), Milton Keynes, MK5 8AA

If you are looking to stay over in Milton Keynes visit our dedicated accommodation page for more information.

By road: The venue is situated on 'V4 Watling Street' on the west side of Milton Keynes and is signposted from the outskirts and at major junctions within an 10 mile radius. If travelling from the north exit junction 15 of M1 then A508, or, approach A5 southbound; from the east approach via A422; from the South, exit M1 junction 14, or, approach A5 northbound and from the west via A421. There are various car parks in the immediate vicinity of the Bowl. In addition, patrons can use parking areas laid out on the Southern side of Milton Keynes City Centre and take the pedestrian cycleway redway system 'Leisure Route 51', a 25-30 minute (just over 1 mile) signposted walk to the venue from adjacent Milton Keynes Central Railway station.

By rail: For the most up-to-date information regarding train services to Central Milton Keynes Station on the date you are attending an event at the Bowl, you should call the national timetable enquiries line tel 0845 748 4950 or train operators London Midland, tel 0844 811 0133 / or Virgin tel 0845 722 2333 / From Milton Keynes central railway station exit right and walk for 50 metres and then turn right on to a footbridge over the railway line. This is pedestrian cycleway redway system 'Leisure Route 51' and a 25-30 minute (just over 1 mile) signposted walk to the Bowl. Please bear in mind your return journey to the rail station may take longer due to the number of concert-goers exiting the venue at the same time. Patrons using rail transport are reminded that it is their responsibility to allow enough time to make the necessary rail connections when leaving the venue.

By air: The nearest main airport is London Luton 20 miles away: Tel 01582 405100

On leaving the venue, patrons heading southbound may wish to consider using the A5 as an alternative to the M1 motorway as the access road to the M1 Junction 13 from Milton Keynes can get congested due to the sheer weight of traffic heading towards London.