Visit Olney

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The Town of Olney – “Home of Amazing Grace”

Olney, a quiet market town and a short drive from the heart of Milton Keynes, was once a centre of lace-making and more recently the boot and shoe industry. It is a thriving, bustling community with plenty to offer visitors and best known for its annual Pancake Race established 1445.

The Cowper & Newton Museum on the Market Place, was home to William Cowper from 1768-1786. Together with John Newton, ex-slave trader, curate and author of Amazing Grace, they wrote the famous Olney Hymns.

The 14th Century church of St Peter and St Paul, with its 200ft spire dominates the entrance to the town. Emberton Park and Clifton meadows are near by offering river and lakeside walks, canoeing, fishing and many other activities.

Quick Links for your Visit

Places to Eat – spoilt for choice

A whole variety of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to choose from.

Olney has a real ‘cafe culture,’ with amazing places to eat and drink. The town is alive with activity through the day, and it really is spoilt for choice for decent coffee, traditional tea shop or fabulous food…  

You can find out about some of these venues on the Visit Olney website

Places to Explore – don’t forget us!

Did you know we are bigger on the inside than we look on the outside?  Orchard Side House, a Courtyard, the Viper Barn & 2 gardens to explore.

Did you know we have our own shop selling unique items?

Why not also pop up to our ‘Three Hares Gallery’ to pick up an original artwork

View our opening days, times and entrance arrangements

Find out more about Olney – take a walk around the area

Self-guided Walks Olney

Download the ‘MK Trails’ App to your smart phone or tablet

John Newton’s Olney

Cowper’s Rural Walk

Download the ‘PocketSights App to your smart phone or tablet by opening up the ‘Pocketsights’ App in PlayStore or equivalent.  Find ‘Olney’.

Market Place Lace Walk

Olney High Street Walk

Explore the world of the lacemakers, local history & trades or walk in the footsteps of 2 famous residents – the influential poet William Cowper & slave ship captain turned man of faith and Abolitionist John Newton.  Along the way find out about the landscape and local life which inspired William to write the poetry loved by the Romantic poets and John to write the famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.

What else Happens in Olney?

Dates of annual events such as the Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday, the Cherry Fair, raft and duck races, the Big Olney food festival (BOFF) , firework display and the Dickens of a Christmas can be found on the Visit Olney website or Olney Town Council website .

Emberton Park which offers lakeside walks, children’s play areas, fishing, boating and camping facilities is also just a walk over the bridge.

We Look Forward to Welcoming You

Book Museum Tickets

Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

(Follow our social media accounts or check back here for further opening days & times as they become available)