Whether you are coming to study at Cranfield in Bedfordshire or at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, you are just a short distance away from beautiful countryside, sophisticated towns and cities, historic and cultural landmarks, exclusive shopping, world-class sport and centres of fun, exercise and entertainment.
Whatever your preferences, excellent transport links by road and rail make it easy to get around and explore, with London just 50 miles from Cranfield and 80 mile from Shrivenham. Take advantage of our prime locations in the heart of England – and our proximity to so many great places to explore the area, from your base at Cranfield or Shrivenham.
Cranfield is in Bedfordshire, a great county to live in, visit and enjoy with all the family.
It’s crammed with wonderful countryside such as the Chiltern Hills, delightful towns and villages and great places to eat, drink and shop. There are impressive stately homes such as Woburn Abbey and plenty of attractions such as Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park to keep everyone occupied.
It’s steeped in history, with the county town of Bedford tracing its routes back to Saxon times. Located on the banks of the beautiful river Great Ouse, Bedford is a perfect day out with parks, riverside walks, sports and leisure activities and a huge range of places to eat and drink. Find out more about Bedford here.
In the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire and just a few miles away is Milton Keynes, Britain’s ‘city in the country’. MK combines 4,500 acres of parkland, lakes, rivers and woodland with a unique design and layout of tree-lined boulevards, creating all the benefits of a modern city, without the congestion.
MK has everything from extreme sports and wide open spaces to top shopping and fine dining and if you’re feeling energetic, you can ski and snowboard on real snow in the heart of the city at the Xscape centre. To find out more information about Milton Keynes to go to their tourism website.
Milton Keynes is also known as Britain’s most successful business city, home to some of the largest concentrations of North American, German, Japanese and Taiwanese firms in the UK. MK is also the home of three-time Formula One champions, Red Bull Racing.
Shrivenham is in Oxfordshire, home to beautiful gardens, stately homes, the rolling hills and picture-book villages including the Cotswolds, Bronze-age art and the stunning architecture and history of Oxford itself.
There’s Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; the Bodleian Library, one of the finest in the world; Didcot Railway Centre with its unique collection of steam engines; and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Closer to Shrivenham, just over the county border into Wiltshire is Swindon, providing a combination of charming courtyards and alleyways from its time as a market town, with the modern vibrant Swindon of today, with its mix of contemporary shopping, cafes and bars.