British GP Travel Guide

British Grand Prix 2017

City: Silverstone

Time zone: BST

Population: 13,000

How far?

Silverstone is 80 miles (129km) from the McLaren Technology Centre.

Getting there

This is the only race of the year at which everyone based at the McLaren Technology Centre drives to the race. The route is straightforward: M25, M40 and then A43.

Biggest travel headache?

Being so close to the MTC! Some team members choose to sleep at home, which makes logistics more complicated. Each morning they have to meet one of the team’s 17 mini buses and hire cars at a specific rendezvous point.

Surprising fact

Silverstone is a former World War II bomber base. It opened in 1943 and today’s racetrack mostly utilises what were the airfield’s perimeter roads.

Local speciality

Bangers ‘n’ mash. That’s sausages, mashed potato and onion gravy. If, however, you want to try Britain’s most popular dish, then you’ll need to cook a chicken tikka masala.

When in Rome…

Why not do a tour of the F1 teams? Seven of this year’s 10 teams are located within 80 miles (129km) of Silverstone.


Recent weather in the UK has been typically British: rain and sunshine. More of the same is forecast over the British Grand Prix weekend, with highs of 21 degrees in the Silverstone region.

Top tips from our local Hilton Concierge

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What national dish must be tried when in Great Britain?
Bangers and mash, or classic British fish and chips! Every pub has them on the menu. They are both the best.

What is your top tip for visiting Great Britain?
Heading to the big city! Be a proper tourist and go on an open top Double Decker bus tour in London. You can take in all the sites and it’s perfect if you are on a tight schedule as you get to see a bit of everything! 

One thing you can’t be without when visiting Great Britain?  
An umbrella - you really can have four seasons in one day!

Describe the UK in 3 words.
Historic, Modern and Multicultural