The Silverstone Experience Review

A complimentary visit

The Silverstone Experience is a charity museum which allows you to get up close to famous cars and bikes from racing history.  It is interesting to both those who are and who aren’t avid racing fans.

During the visit you will discover more about how Silverstone is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station. There is a wealth of information, memorabilia and hands on exhibits explaining all about RAF Silverstone and the history of the Grand Prix. Including a chance to walk outside on the original Grand Prix Circuit.

The Silverstone Experience covers a variety of aspects regarding Formula 1 racing at Silverstone. One of my favourites throughout are the posters explaining which gears to use on each section of the course. Then there is useful information comparing Formula1 cars to family cars – including tyres, suspension and braking. There is a brake you can press to see the difference too – I could not get the F1 brake to budge!

As you go through the history you can see many different racing suits and trophies, with information on the drivers. It was good to see South African Desire Wilson’s racing suit and helmet. She is still a strong advocate for women within motorsport and recently presented the winner’s trophy at the Brands Hatch round of the all-female racing championship, the W Series.

The Silverstone Experience goes right up to date with the F1 car driven by Sergio Pérez in the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, breaking the record for the number of starts before a race win at 190.

The Silverstone Experiences recommends that you allow 1 ½- 2 ½ hours to visit in order to enjoy all of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, showing the ultimate lap of Silverstone in the 360 degree special-effects cinema , and state-of-the-art racing simulators. We only had a short visit and did miss out on quite a bit.

The Silverstone Experience is open from 3pm-7pm (last entry at 6pm). Prices are from £14 pp for a family of four. With Free parking – car park 49, directly in front of the museum. There is a Café (open Thursday – Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00pm) serving a number of hot and cold food and drinks. These includes seasonal treats – but all food and drink must be consumed within the café. The Silverstone Experience shop includes products inspired by the archive and pocket-money treats, as well as Silverstone Circuit branded products. Only open until 5pm but also online.

Covid-19 Measures

  • Advance timed ticket entry slots only. There is also a limited number of daily visitors.
  • Please only come within 10 minutes of entry to avoid queueing. Temperatures will be taken on entry. There is an enhanced cleaning regime.
  • Track and Trace information requested on entry.
  • You will be given a complimentary stylus in order to use the touchscreens. Hand sanitize stations are located around the site. Contactless payment available in the shop.
  • Covid-19 safe guarantee: Book with confidence that in the event of a lockdown it is guaranteed that visits can be rebooked to a time and date of your choice without charge.
  • Only house bubbles together and a queuing system for popular exhibits.
  • One way system with clear social distancing markers on the floor.
  • Team members cleaning after each bubble.

Twitter and Facebook: @SilverstoneExp

Instagram: @thesilverstoneexperience

Find out more about the museum at www.silverstone-experience.co.uk

Why not combine a visit with Drive Lapland Silverstone

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