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Silverstone Circuit | Britain's Major Race Track
Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Circuit Travel Guide

Silverstone race track has hosted many significant motor racing events in its long history, as well as many cultural and entertainment events. It started life as an airfield, left unused at the end of the Second World War. Britain had no major race tracks, so Silverstone was selected as a good central location in the middle of England. It hosted its first event, the RAC International Grand Prix, in 1948, attended by an estimated 100,000 people. Silverstone grew in notoriety over the following decades, hosting national and international motor racing events.

Getting there

Silverstone is one of the UK’s most famous race circuits and is conveniently located in Northamptonshire in the centre of the country. If you’re travelling across the Channel from Dunkirk or Calais, you can drive directly from Dover to Silverstone in around 2 hours 40 minutes. To get the racetrack itself is very easy by car, and can be reached on the A43 from either the M40 or the M1, both of which connect to the M25 London ring road. If you’re using public transport, the nearest mainline train stations are Northampton, Banbury, or Milton Keynes.

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Parking at the circuit

There is extensive parking at the circuit, entry to which is included with your ticket on race days. There are also options for park and ride from nearby car parks, including at Towcester Racecourse, Turweston Flying School, and Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield.

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