Welcome to

Bradwell Abbey

Where history comes alive!

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre informs visitors about urban geography and new city planning - as well as the historical and natural heritage of Milton Keynes.

Since 1992 Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre has been based at the beautiful and important medieval Scheduled Ancient Monument site of Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes.


Education at Bradwell Abbey

We offer a range of experiential learning sessions tailored to primary and secondary curriculums in geography and history, and beyond. The key to our success is a highly interactive approach, taking learning out of the classroom, and giving experiences that are memorable, engaging and enlightening.

Archive & Library

The archive records the fascinating story of the development of the new city of Milton Keynes, and also a wealth of pre- new town history. Many important items have been preserved in our collections - books, photographs, maps, reports, posters, plans and periodicals. There are also a variety of contemporary research materials available.

What's On

It is with regret we have taken the decision to postpone Angels at the Abbey, which was due to take place on the 5 December.

The event centred around the massed, choral performance of the Cathal Smyth’s song, ‘You Are Not Alone’. Due to the re-introduction of guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, music rehearsals have been impacted.

Thank you to all those who have contributed time, dedication and talent to this project. We’re looking forward to bringing you the fruition of this hard work next year.

New Town Heritage Explorers have gone digital!

Join in our fun heritage design activities for a chance to take part in our online exhibition! See our other New Town videos.