The Ultimate F1 Travel Guide – Silverstone

Heading to Silverstone? Keep yourself up-to-date with all the information regarding the British Grand Prix experience here.

Written by Leonie Deckert

July 16, 2021

Silverstone Circuit

 

Location: Silverstone, United Kingdom 
Built-in:               1947
Race Dates: 16.7.2021 – 18.7.2021
Ticket Prices: from £99 (Friday), from £149 (Saturday), from £255 (Sunday), from £275 (Weekend)
F1 Experiences: Red Bull Racing special hospitality, guided track and pitlane tours, Q&A’s, Appearance by Lando Norris, and more!
Nearest Airport: London Luton (50,1km), Birmingham (63km), London Heathrow (79,1km), London Stansted (90,8km), London Gatwick (119,4km)
Trackside hotel: Campsites available, Hilton Garden Inn (from 2022), Escapade (from 2022)

 

Hello and welcome to our new series showcasing the amazing locations F1 is traveling to throughout the season. We will show you tips and tricks for traveling to the races and enjoying the experience. From plane and train tickets to sightseeing and hotels – we’ll have you covered!

 

To start this series, we are taking a closer look at the Silverstone circuit. It is one of the most famous Formula 1 race locations and has hosted races since 1950. Silverstone Circuit is located in the middle of England and can easily be reached by train, plane, or car. The UK government recently announced that full grandstands will be allowed for the Grand Prix, meaning this will be the first race with full grandstands since the 2019 season. As of this time, tickets are still available!

 

Travel & Accommodation

The circuit can be reached by car within a 60min drive from Birmingham or just a 90minute drive from central London. Parking spaces are available but need to be booked and paid for online prior to your arrival. If you are arriving with a motorbike, parking is free, and you do not need to book a pass beforehand. There are also Park & Ride options available nearby.

Should you chose to arrive by train, the closest stations are Wolverton and Northampton, which are roughly 10 miles away from the circuit. From there you can take different busses towards the circuit. 

If you are arriving from abroad, the London airports or Birmingham are your best option. From there, you can either rent a car or take the train towards Silverstone.

 

If you require accommodation, you can stay at one of the many campgrounds at the circuit. They are a budget-friendly option to stay as close to the action as possible. You can either bring your own tent/motorhome or stay at a pre-pitched tent.

From 2022 onwards, you will also be able to stay at a Hilton Garden Inn, including rooms with views of the track.

 

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, apartment, or other budget-friendly options, you can find many in the Silverstone area.

 

Culture

One of the things you will quickly notice and will need to look out for when you are from abroad is that they are driving on the left side of the road. Always keep this in mind, especially if you arrive via car.

The UK has a pretty bad reputation regarding their food, but they do have a good selection of beers if you are of drinking age and are well known for their fish and chips. You could also try a full English breakfast, including sausages, tomatoes, fried egg, toast, mushrooms, and baked beans.

In the UK, just like in other European countries, a 10% to 15% tip in restaurants is customary if you are happy with the service. The servers do not rely on the tips, which means you are not obliged to tip; however, they are always appreciated. 

British people often value punctuality and value politeness. 

 

Sightseeing

If you booked an F1 experience ticket, you will be pretty busy all weekend with track tours, pitlane tours, special events, and more. But if you happen to have some spare time before or after the on-track action and you still can’t get enough of racing, you can visit the Silverstone museum.

You could also take a look around Milton Keynes and maybe even visit the skydiving center!

There are also plenty of museums around Silverstone that suit various interests, and if you are looking to do sports yourself: hiking and golf are also possible near the circuit.

Of course, Silverstone has a lot more to offer than can be covered in this article, but it should give you a first overview of your trip. And stay tuned; if travel is possible again, we will try to provide you with a first-hand review! Do you think we missed something? Drop us a message, and your suggestion might be added to this guide. Until then, subscribe to our mailing list to be notified for our next guide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leonie is currently studying international management at an international university and plans to focus on marketing and communications. In lockdown, Leonie discovered a talent for digital art and has been creating motorsport-inspired artwork ever since. Her art is featured heavily throughout this site. She helps run the social media accounts and is in charge of creating digital content. When she’s not discussing the latest motorsports news, she is drawing, watching football, or traveling around Europe.

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