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The British Grand Prix is one of the major races in the MotoGP racing calendar, having returned to Silverstone in 2010 after a 23-year stint at Donnington. This is one of the most popular motorcycle races in the country, which is why we recommend it as one of the must-see events in the UK. What’s more, Silverstone is less than three hours from our ferry port at Dover, with Channel crossings from Calais and Dunkirk as well as between Dieppe and Newhaven. The race comes towards the end of the MotoGP season, as things are really starting to heat up, making it a truly exhilarating spectacle. The setting of Silverstone is worth a visit in its own right, being one of the UK’s best loved and most famous race tracks.

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Getting there

Getting there

Silverstone is conveniently located in Northamptonshire, in 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 two 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

How to get to Silverstone

Silverstone itself is located just off the A43 in the town of Silverstone, approximately four miles from Towcester, and approximately 10 miles from Northampton and Milton Keynes. There is extensive parking at the circuit, entry to which can be booked on the official website. There are also options for park and ride from nearby car parks, including at 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 to several towns and cities, which means that hotel options are extensive, though 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, including Holiday Inn, Travelodge and more. There’s also onsite camping available at Silverstone itself, as well as many nearby campsites. Silverstone Woodlands is the official campsite, with plenty of top quality facilities including toilets and shower blocks, as well as bars, food, and evening entertainment. You can reserve your spot on the Silverstone Woodlands website. There are also other local campsites set up to support race days and the Grand Prix at Silverstone, including Silverstone Camping at Litchlake Farm.

MotoGP at Silverstone

The 2017 MotoGP British Grand Prix takes place on the bank holiday weekend of 25th to 27th of August. Of course, the race itself isn’t the only attraction at the event, with all manner of other attractions, including exhibitions, stalls and even a giant funfair to keep everyone entertained.

Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone racetrack is an internationally renowned circuit, hosting some of the most popular racing events, as well as concerts and other events. It was chosen as a racetrack after the Second World War, having started as an airfield but was left unused when the war finished.

In 1948 it hosted the first event in the RAC International Grand Prix, with an audience of 100,000 people. Also, King George VI’s appearance at the European Grand Prix in Silverstone in 1950 made it the only British motor event attended by a reigning monarch.

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