DESTINATION & TOURISM
Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do
Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do
Silverstone is a beautiful, sleepy village located in the East Midlands of the British countryside. The now famous racing circuit was originally one of the larger Royal Air Force bases in the area during World War II. Locals started racing around the airport service roads as early as 1948. And the first race was dubbed the "Mutton Grand Prix" after a driver struck a sheep on the circuit mid-race. After the race the offending driver headed over to the local farm and insisted on paying the farmer for the lost animal.
Silverstone Circuit is known as the home of British motorsport, and it's hard to argue with this when it is situated right at the heart of Motorsport Valley - a string of towns and cities in the area that are home to teams, manufactures and other businesses associated with the sport. Today, you'll find the Red Bull Racing, AMG Mercedes, Sahara Force India and Haas team factories just a stone's throw from the circuit.
In the proximity of Silverstone are three major localities, each with something different to offer. The local town of Towcester is a traditional quiet countryside town, with a traditional market square and plenty of local independent shops. Northampton is an old manufacturing town, which produced most of the nation’s shoes for many centuries. The town now boasts a prolific cultural quarter and is home to famous Rugby Union club the Northampton Saints. The city of Milton Keynes is modern and metropolitan, with a very unique and particular style in architecture. One of the first purpose built towns in the UK, Milton Keynes celebrated its 50th year in 2017 and a recent influx of big business means the amenities and entertainment in the area have drastically improved in recent years.
If you are travelling internationally, access to Silverstone is likely to be from one of the many UK airports. London is served by 5 major international airports; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, London Stansted and London Luton. Each of these offer easy access into Central London, as well as the surrounding areas. From Central London you can take a coach service directly to Silverstone, or take a train service and bus service. More information on travel from London can be found on our transport and parking page.
If you want to avoid Central London, then London Luton Airport is the closest to Silverstone. Alternatively, East Midlands Airport also offers access from major European cities. From both of these airports, hiring a car is the best option to access the local areas.
From Mainland Europe, the Eurostar provides a fast service from either Lyon, Paris or Lille to London. The direct line from Paris to London takes just 2hrs 30mins. For reservations, visit the Eurostar website.
Another option would be to take the ferry, you could then drive straight to Silverstone and enjoy the camping experience. Dover is also very well connected with London train stations which makes public transport an option as well.
As Silverstone is located in the beautiful East Midlands countryside, there are an abundance of parks and nature reserves nearby, such as Sywell Country Park and Daventry Country Park.
Wicksteed Park is the second oldest theme park in the UK and is located 33 miles north of Silverstone. This exciting family attraction offers acres of parkland as well as a range of attractions and roller-coaster for all the family.
Woburn Safari Park is a wildlife located just 30 miles to the east of Silverstone, and is a great way to relax and enjoy the Great British Summer. Take your car along and drive through the large Road Safari exhibitions with white rhinos, elephants, black bears, tigers and many more exciting animals! If you’d prefer to keep two feet on the ground, you can also take the Foot Safari and discover the Land of the Lemurs, Sea Lion Beach and Penguin World!
As is evident from the abundance of countryside activities, Silverstone is a very rural circuit; however, if you are looking for a more cosmopolitan experience the nearby city of Milton Keynes has plenty to offer. MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park and thecentre:MK shopping centres are located at the heart of Milton Keynes, and offer the perfect day out for those looking to shop till they drop; with over 200 high-street stores boutique village shops and award-winning restaurants.
For those looking for a bit more adventure, Xscape is the perfect family activity day out. You can spend the day sledging, skiing or snowboarding at the refrigerated indoor real snow slopes of the Snozone, experience the real-life adrenaline of an indoor sky-dive at Airkix or climb to the top of one of two 13-metre-high climbing walls at the Ellis Brigham Trek and Climb wall.
If you are looking for something a bit different to round off your week then the MK Theatre is just two minutes’ walk from thecentre:mk. In the lead-up to the F1, the National Theatre production of Jayne Eyre will be showing, and in the week following the F1, the UK tour of Wonderland will be stopping off at MK Theatre.
Motorsport fans will also know that the area surrounding Silverstone is home to many F1 teams, most notably Red Bull Racing, who are based in Milton Keynes. If you really want to get to the heart of an F1 team, and then you can book the Red Bull Factory Tour Experience. This exclusive experience will give you a chance to see where the magic really happens, at the heart of the factory, as well as exclusive access to the Hall of Fame, housing all previous editions of the Red Bull Racing F1 car. For more information on this exciting experience, please contact us.
Weather in the UK can be very unpredictable. Late August and early September are often dry and warm, however, rain is not uncommon, so we would recommend taking waterproof clothing, just in case!