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 & 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…
Parking is free throughout the time but there are time restrictions in some places. Check out details here Olneytowncouncil.gov.uk/facilities/parking
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
Find out more about Olney – take a walk around the area
Self-guided Walks Olney
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 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