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MK City Discovery Centre

The Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) is based on the medieval Bradwell Abbey scheduled ancient monument site on the edge of the Loughton Valley Park, near the (in)famous concrete cows and Bancroft Roman Villa, and next to the historic village of Bradwell. It is on various cycle and hiking trails, many that start or can start from Bradwell Abbey. The site has a pilgrimage chapel with some nationally significant wall paintings and the remains of many medieval buildings (still in use) plus a conniburrow island in one of its 4 ponds.

MKCDC is an educational charity that tells the story of the New Town of Milton Keynes and its history and heritage form the earliest settlements. The Milton Keynes New Towns Archive and Reference Library is based on site with lots of material on the 50 years of urban planning and development in Milton Keynes. We also do a variety of tailored lectures and tours in heritage, geography, environmental education, urban development and city planning for scholars and students, as well as professionals and government officials from all over the world.

MKCDC delivers the historic story using experiential out-of-the-classroom learning and re-enactments for scholars on history days; as well as families and the public during various open days on our Medieval Abbey site.

The Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre's Primary Objective is:
To promote a greater appreciation and understanding of the historical, natural and built environments of Milton Keynes.

At Bradwell Abbey, we hosts a variety of arts, music and heritage open days and community/family events such as Togfest, Food Festival and the Barrel Bikers. Art and nature trails also available with a large number of Schottlander sculptures and numerous other pieces of public art on site.

The site has a variety of venues that are used by the local community (for weddings and family events and parties), community and other interest groups (National Trust Association, Natural History Society, etc.) and the general public for meetings, conferences, weddings, parties, etc. Venue hire enquiries, bookings and prices can be checked by contacting us on (01908) 227229 or on

Bradwell Abbey
Alston Drive
Milton Keynes
MK13 9AP
Tel: 01908 227229 (Office Hours Only – Monday to Friday, 9am-4:30pm) or

The main office and reception is open during office hours from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm – from the 2nd week of January until the 20th of December.

The Milton Keynes New Towns Archive and Reference Library is open during the same hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – please note visits are by arrangement with our Archivist on .

The St Mary’s pilgrimage chapel is open every first Sunday of the month, from April to October, and on open days, for visits and guided tours from 11am to 2pm.

The rest of the Bradwell Abbey site is open to public for general enjoyment and use 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. No fishing is allowed and the site use is subject to Scheduled Ancient Monument rules and use; i.e. respectful and considerate use.

Some picnic facilities/seating available in large grassed areas. No open fires and no fishing allowed

Currently no tearoom available, BUT an excellent oriental café/restaurant mii&U (01908 221088), Kentucky Fried Chicken Drive Thru, Subway and Marks& Spencer are all within short walking distances from the site.

There is ample parking with space for coaches and minibuses. Disabled parking is not specified as most of parking facilities are level, but allowance is made near to all buildings for this.

All of the display areas, public venues and toilet facilities in the Resource Centre and Cruck Barn are accommodated at ground level and is wheelchair accessible. When visiting the rest of the grounds and the pilgrimage chapel rough and uneven terrain will be encountered; and the Pilgrimage Chapel access is fairly restricted by steps.

General site entry is free.

Educational services, lectures and tours are charged for. Please consult our website for more details or contact our Education Officer on for specific prices for the different groups and/or services.

Some public events and open days might have some charges depending on what the event is and what services are accessed.

Events by external partners and/or organizers such as Togfest will be charged for and prices are listed on their websites.

Please note: Admission criteria and prices could be subject to change so please check the website/s for the most current details.