Start planning your trip to the 2019 British Grand Prix on 11-14 July. Learn about the best things to see and do near Silverstone.
- Visas: American, Canadian and Australian nationals don’t need a visa to visit the UK as a tourist. Neither do those from the European Economic area and Switzerland, plus most of the Caribbean, Japan and South America. Travelers from outside these territories should check UK immigration rules, as a short stay visa may be required. Click here to find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, as well as details on how to apply.
- Currency: Pound Sterling, GBP. ATM’s are widely available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Time Zone: British Summer Time (BST), which is equivalent to UTC +1
In an Emergency: dial 999
Power Sockets: Britain uses Type G power sockets, which are different to those in continental Europe. Don’t forget to pack your universal adaptor.
Weather: the race falls in mid-summer, when temperatures average a high of 22°C (72°F) and low of 13°C (55°F). The weather at Silverstone can be hot and sunny, but cooler temperatures and rain are never too far away, so pack accordingly.
Arrival & Getting Around
Silverstone is within a reasonable distance of all five London airports and also close to Birmingham, meaning you have a good selection of flights available from all corners of the world. On the ground, there are several ways to get to Silverstone. You can take the train to one of the larger towns nearby, such as Milton Keynes and Northampton, then a bus to the circuit. Hiring a car is also an option, though trackside parking is expensive and it can take a long time to get into and out of the circuit at peak times. Guests who have booked their hotel with F1 Experiences also benefit from coach transfers to and from Silverstone. More information: 2019 British Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Where to Stay
Trackside camping is hugely popular at the British Grand Prix, with several large campsites such as Woodlands situated within walking distance of Silverstone. Nearby towns have a limited supply of hotel beds that are very hard to secure, or you can choose to stay in one of the larger cities in the region; the most popular are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Staying in London is not out of the question but getting to and from the circuit can take 2+ hours each way.
F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at the Hilton Northampton or Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa– guests at both hotels benefit from daily coach transfers to and from Silverstone. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today!
Things to See & Do Near Silverstone
- Blenheim Palace: one of England’s finest country houses, the 300-year old Blenheim Palace is just 25 miles from Silverstone. The birthplace of Winston Churchill is open every day and adult tickets to visit the palace, park and gardens cost £27 (adult tickets to visit the park and gardens cost £16).
- British Motor Museum: a 40-minute drive from the circuit in the direction of Birmingham, the British Motor Museum houses a huge collection of British cars, including famous marques such as Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar. Open daily from 10:00-17:00, adult tickets cost £14.50
- Bletchley Park: this 19th century mansion and estate near Milton Keynes, just 20 miles from Silverstone, housed a team of top-secret codebreakers who broke the Nazi enigma code during World War II. Now a museum, open from 09:30-17:00; adult tickets cost £18.50
- Bicester Village: one of the UK’s premier discount shopping outlets, which is especially good for designer brands, is just 15 miles from Silverstone. Open daily: Monday-Friday 09:00-19:00, Saturday 09:00-20:00, Sunday 10:00-20:00.
- XScape Milton Keynes: this huge entertainment complex in Milton Keynes has cinemas, ten-pin bowling, trampoline park, amusement arcade, indoor ski slope, casino, nightclub and more.
Eat & Drink Near Silverstone
- Near the track: Silverstone is surrounded by pretty villages with traditional local pubs, most of which also serve great food. Some of the best include The White Horse in Silverstone village, The Navigation Inn and the Mill Brewery in Towcester and The Fox & Hounds on the high street in Whittlebury.
- Milton Keynes: located in the heart of the city, The Hub is a complex of restaurants and bars with something for everyone, from fast food to fine dining and Italian to Indian cuisine.
- Northampton: this mid-sized city in the East Midlands has something for everyone, including highly rated Indian (Aladdin’s Balti), friendly pubs with great food (The Lamplighter, White Elephant) and high-end cuisine (Clary’s Restaurant).
From music to motorsport, there’s no shortage of big events taking place in the UK this summer. Here’s some events worth adding to your British Grand Prix holiday itinerary:
- Goodwood Festival of Speed, 4-7 July: a motorsport garden party featuring a huge array of historic race cars and motorbikes racing up the hill against the clock, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a must-go for serious petrolheads. Tickets do sell out well in advance. More info & tickets here.
- Wimbledon, 1-14 July: the finals do take place at the same time as the British GP, but there’s ample opportunity to catch some of the earlier action on the hallowed lawns in the south of London. Tickets and more info here.
- ICC Cricket World Cup, May 30-July 14: the business end of the Cricket World Cup will be taking place throughout the UK in the lead up to the British Grand Prix, including a semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday, 11 July. Fixtures and tickets here.
- Hyde Park Concerts, 5-14 July: Celine Dion, Florence + The Machine, The National and Robbie Williams headline some big concerts in London’s Hyde Park this July. More info and tickets here.
Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 British Grand Prix include the best grandstand seats, access to trackside hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus our signature benefits such as driving tours of the track, meet-and-greets with F1 drivers and more.