Silverstone is often much maligned (particularly by F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone) as being in the middle of nowhere, lacking facilities..etc. An old airfield might not be as glamorous as other F1 race locations but for the racing its one of the best. And if you’re at the British Grand Prix or thinking of visiting the area there’s a few things worth checking out. Indeed the Silverstone Visitor and Tourist Information Centre has been created to make visitors feel welcome in the area all year round, not just on event days like the British Grand Prix.
To start, several of the F1 teams are located nearby – and although F1 is secretive every now and again there are ways to take a look (Williams or RedBull are two that sometimes open up). Otherwise there is always a high speed experience drive around the circuit itself in everything from a Ferrari to a Lotus.
Silverstone itself is located in Northamptonshire and if you like market towns, historic architecture, stately homes and expansive gardens and parks then spend some time in the area. For example visit the ancestral home of the Spencer family and final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales at Althorp or try Rockingham Castle, a castle built by William the Conqueror. And if that works up an appetite try an old inn for a drink and some lunch – for example the Althorp Coaching Inn (used to be The Fox and Hounds) in Great Brighton just near Althorp should fit the bill.
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