The flagship race circuit for British Racing. Silverstone is home to many different types of motorsport such Formula 1, Moto GP, World Superbikes, British Superbikes, British Touring Cars and much more events all year round.Get directions Post review
Excellent morning at a taster track day. 30 mins on track action for £40. well organised; and of course, a great track.
Moto gp is amazing love the atmosphete
I went to the MotoGP last Sunday and although I've been a big bike fan (and rider) for many years, I came away with a mixed feeling about the whole thing. The facilities at Silverstone are very good, the layout is very good etc, but several things still need sorting. The first thing is info on the website - a good (big) printable map of the circuit, showing the big screen sitings well in advance of the event, so that you can plan in advance is essential. In addition, staff on the end of the phone line who are capable of saying something other than "That information is on our website" (When it obviously isn't) would be useful. Accurate information would be a good idea, too - there were several mistakes on the site this year. However, the main thing that just can't be sorted is the traffic mayhem prior to and after the event. Anyone setting off much later than 8am will probably find themselves listening to some of the action on Silverstone Radio, sitting in a traffic jam, waiting to get into the venue, as we did. Then coming out, add about 2 hours to your journey time, because that's how long it's going to take you to get anywhere. It took us 2.75 hours to get to Oxford - a 45 min journey on any other day. Then there's the cost - £85 for 'Roving Grandstand' tickets and £15 to park your car for a few hours. Again, if you arrive any time other than the crack of dawn (which means driving through the night, if you live far away) then you'll find all the good 'Roving Grandstand' places already taken, so you'll have to do what we had to do - trudge around the track until you find a grandstand that isn't full. We had to walk so far we nearly missed the first race. We then finally got a couple of seats at Copse - possibly the worst corner on the track, because the bikes are only visible for about 4 seconds, then you end up watching the rest of the action on a big screen - just like if you were at home in front of the TV (except you'd be able to see the TV better!). So all in all, although I've done several MotoGPs now, I really don't think it's worth all the hassle at Silverstone, I'm afraid. There was one excellent thing that came out of it though - if you want to avoid the worst of the jam coming into Silverstone, contact Mike Levers at Pole Position Parking. Basically, a man and a dog in a secure field, just 7 min walk from the main Silverstone entrance. Absolutely brilliant and a really nice bloke to deal with. He will e-mail you directions that take you off the main road and bring you round to his field at Silverstone Village, without any traffic problem - for the last 6 miles of our journey into Silverstone, we didn't see a soul! Great for leaving the event, too but obviously you will eventually join up with all the mayhem again when you find your way onto the main roads.
A well organised track. Plenty (I mean plenty) of mechandising outlets if you want all that. Parking: good getting in. Slow and difficult getting out through local farm tracks. Plenty of food and drink outlets but queues at peak times. Some messing about needed to add milk and lids to your drinks yourself. £1.70 for a cup of tea (2013). Mens toilets good but can get very busy. Queues at the Ladies. Good view of 3 corners of the track from Luffield grandstand (my only experience so far). Commentary from the PA is not bad and also available on the radio. Ear plugs recommended for MotoGP; headphones on full volume over the top worked for me for what it's worth. A good experience.
First time visit with my 7 yr old son to watch MotoGP the place is utterly brilliant we'll organised parking plenty to see and do and buy! Fortunately the weather was great and the hotel only a 10 min drive up the road. The travelogue we stayed at was right next to an entertainment complex with cinema TGI Friday KFC Macd red hot etc etc walking distance away 300 yards... Will definitely be back for more MotoGP action in the future... Thanks to all who made 'the boys' weekend such a good one!
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