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 miles 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 brimming 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.
Bedford itself is steeped in history and, traces its roots 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. Find out more about Bedford on the town's website.
In the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire, 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. If you’re feeling energetic, you can ski and snowboard on real snow in the heart of the city at the Xscape centre. Further information can be found on the city's tourism website.
MK 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. It is also the home of four-time Formula One champions, Red Bull Racing.
Shrivenham is in Oxfordshire, home to beautiful gardens, stately homes, 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, and its mix of contemporary shopping, cafés and bars.