Built on the site of a former RAF base, Silverstone hosted its first Formula One Grand Prix in 1948. Between 1955 and 1986, the British Grand Prix rotated between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch before Silverstone became the permanent host in 1987.
Location & Travel
Silverstone Circuit is located in central England, between the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury. The nearest large towns are Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Air: There are several international airports within a relatively close distance of Silverstone, including Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham which between them will offer flights to most European and World destinations. From London, options for travel to the circuit can be found below.
Bus & Coach: Megabus offers direct coach transfers from a variety of UK cities across race weekend, further information is available here. Stagecoach runs two services to Silverstone over race weekend – the MK1 service from Milton Keynes rail station, or the N1 service from Northampton Bus Station, Northampton Rail Station and Sixfields Football Ground, further information available here.
Driving & Parking: Silverstone is located close to the A43 dual carriageway, with easy access from the M40 or M1 motorway. The circuit is approximately 90 minutes north of Central London, or 60 minutes south of Birmingham. Parking is available at the circuit but must be booked in advance, further information is available here.
Train: The nearest stations are at Northampton, Milton Keynes or Banbury. Special services are offered by Virgin Trains from London Euston to Milton Keynes, with onwards travel to Silverstone, or Chiltern Railway from Birmingham Moor Street (via Beaconsfield and Warwick) to Banbury.
Ticket prices vary considerably for the Formula 1 and MotoGP depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.
Where to Stay in Silverstone
Last Updated on May 21, 2021 by Sports Tourist