​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Goodwood Festival of Speed Travel Guide​

Goodwood is one of the major motorsport events in the UK, attracting tens of thousands to see everything from F1 cars to motorbikes take to the historic circuit. Located in Chichester near the south coast of England, it’s the perfect summer destination for any motorsport enthusiast.

Getting There

Goodwood is easily accessible by car, with our Channel ferries providing convenient travel from mainland Europe. Our Dieppe to Newhaven ferry takes around 4 hours, and puts you just 1 hour 10 minutes from Goodwood circuit. Alternatively choose our Calais to Dover or Dunkirk to Dover route, taking just a 90 minutes and 120 minutes respectively. Dover to Goodwood by car takes under 2 ½ hours.

Travel to the festival

There are easy road links to the Goodwood estate, located just off the A27 outside Chichester. It’s also within easy reach of several cities and seaside resorts, such as Southampton, Portsmouth, and Brighton.

What to see near the festival

The south coast of England is home to many fantastic destinations, from elegant seaside towns to historic maritime ports, as well as plenty of natural beauty. Brighton is one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts, home to the exuberant Royal Pavilion and the Brighton Palace Pier. There’s also historic Portsmouth, home to Nelson’s flagship, the HMS Victory, and the Mary Rose Museum.

Goodwood is also in the South Downs National Park, a beautiful area of rolling countryside and picturesque towns and villages, with plenty of hiking trails and cycling paths to explore. Just to the west is the New Forest National Park, home to ancient woodlands and idyllic glades, as well as wild horses and abundant wildlife.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

This celebration of motorsport has been going on since 1993 when it was founded by Lord March, owner of the Goodwood Estate, a place long associated with British car racing. The festival is always held so as not to clash with other F1 and motor racing events, set across three days on the Goodwood estate. There are several different features at the event, including the hill climb main attraction, such as the forest rally, the supercar run, and the moving motor show where prospective buyers can test new cars.

There are special hospitality packages available for visitors, too, giving access to different viewing areas along the hill climb course. There is also accommodation in near to the site, such as the Goodwood Hotel, and the dedicated campsite just a short walk away.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 – Headline Attractions

Friday 29th June

Formula 1 cars take on the Hillclimb

Saturday 1st July

Supercar shoot-out on the Hillclimb

Sunday 2nd July

Timed Hillclimb British Touring Car Championship shoot-out