Silverstone Grand Prix

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The British Grand Prix is one of the premier events in the Formula One calendar, taking place each year at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Northampton. Travelling by ferry from Calais, Dunkirk, or Dieppe puts you within easy reach of the racecourse, situated in the heart of England, and there are fast road links from our ferry port in Newcastle in the North. First held in 1926, there are few more famous automotive events worldwide than the British Grand Prix. It’s one of the most widely watched sporting events around the globe, but nothing beats being there in person which is why here at DFDS we recommend it as one of the UK’s must-see attractions.

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Getting There

Silverstone is conveniently located just south of central England, with excellent transport and motorway connections. If you’re travelling across the Channel from Dunkirk or Calais, you can drive directly from Dover to Silverstone in around 2 hours and 40 minutes. Getting to the racetrack itself is straightforward 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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How to get to Silverstone

Silverstone itself is located just off the A43 in the town of Silverstone, approximately four miles from Towcester and 10 miles from Northampton and Milton Keynes. There is extensive parking at the circuit, entry to which can be booked in advance on the official website. There are also options for Park & Ride from nearby car parks, including at Towcester Racecourse, Turweston Flying School, Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield and Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

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Where to stay

Silverstone Circuit is ideally situated near several towns and cities which means that hotel options are extensive, although they should be booked well in advance of the Grand Prix to avoid disappointment. In addition to options in nearby Towcester, Northampton and Milton Keynes, there are plenty of local hotels and B&Bs to choose from. There’s also onsite camping available at racecourse as well as many nearby campsites. Silverstone Woodlands is the official campsite with plenty of top quality facilities including shower blocks, bars, food, and evening entertainment. You can reserve your spot on the Silverstone Woodlands website. Local campsites set up to support race days and the Grand Prix at Silverstone, including Silverstone Camping at Litchlake Farm.

Silverstone Circuit

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. At the time Britain had no major race tracks, so Silverstone was selected as an ideal 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 recognition over the following decades, hosting national and international motor racing events. This included the only British motor race attended by a reigning monarch, when George VI watched the European Grand Prix in 1950. Today, Silverstone is the country’s most famous track, hosting world class championships for both two and four-wheeled competitions.