Silverstone Abbey Corner Grandstands: Seating Plan & View info

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Abbey B grandstand at Silverstone

Silverstone Abbey corner has two grandstands: Abbey A and Abbey B. This article will provide information on their exact locations, the seating plans, the view from each grandstand and more to help you plan your visit.

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Is Abbey a good place to sit at Silverstone?

Abbey is a fantastic place to sit at Silverstone. Its two grandstands overlook the start / finish straight and first corner on the new Silverstone Grand Prix circuit layout, used by both the F1 and Moto GP races.

From here you are always guaranteed to see some turn 1 action. In the 2022 Formula 1 GP the fans sat at Abbey had a front-row seat to Guanyu Zhou’s scary rollover crash just after the race started.

It is also directly opposite the new Wing pitlane building, meaning it has one of the best views of the action in the pitlane and on the pit wall.

Abbey is an incredibly fast right-hander. After exiting Club Corner and hammering down Hamilton Straight, the Formula 1 cars take it flat-out, no lift off the throttle at all, and apex at over 170mph. 

Whilst it’s not quite as fast as Copse Corner, it is a great place to be able to see the downforce in action. You can watch the cars suck themselves to the ground with sparks flying off their undertrays, but it’s not quite as spectacular as Maggots or Becketts for cornering drama.

If you are camping at Silverstone some of the closest campsites with the shortest walk to Abbey include Cartmel Fields and the Golf Club.

It’s also very close to the Mahiki Enclosure where the after parties are held, and not too far from the main stage where the headline artists will be performing. 

The first corner of the Silverstone GP track

Are there big TV screens at Abbey?

Opposite both the Abbey A and B grandstands there are a number of giant screens attached to the front of the Wing building so you can easily view the action on the rest of the track.

Is Abbey grandstand covered?

Abbey A grandstand is not covered, it is open to the elements.

Abbey B grandstand is covered with a roof over the top and a small overhanging ‘visor’ at the front of the roof to provide some extra protection. The further up / back the Abbey B stand you are, the more protection you will have from the elements. 

There is no protection on the sides of Abbey B, meaning if you’re sat at the ends you could still get wet but you will have an unobstructed view of the action.

Abbey A grandstand

Where is Abbey A grandstand at Silverstone?

Abbey A grandstand (formerly Abbey South) is located on the outside of the pit straight at Silverstone, around 100 metres after the start / finish line. It sits opposite the Wing pitlane building and between the Abbey B and Hamilton Straight B grandstands. 

It’s slightly closer to the track than Abbey B as there is not quite as much room for general admission viewing between it and the track.

Image below from the Silverstone website.

View from Abbey A grandstand

The below image shows roughly what the view is like from the Silverstone Abbey A grandstand. The pink highlighted area of track is what’s visible.

Which end of this grandstand you sit, and whether you are at the front or the back, will change your perspective slightly.

The below video shows the start of the 2022 Formula 1 race filmed from Abbey South grandstand, which is now Abbey A. This was filmed from the end closest to Abbey corner (and closest to Abbey B).

Abbey A seating plan

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Abbey A grandstand seating plan for the F1 at silverstone

The rows go from A (closest to the track / lowest down) to Y (highest up / at the back). The seat numbers go from 1 (closest to the start / finish line) to 141 (closest to Abbey corner).

Abbey B grandstand

Where is Abbey B grandstand at Silverstone?

Abbey B grandstand is located on the outside of the pit straight at Silverstone, directly overlooking Abbey corner. It’s 170 metres away from the start / finish line at its closest point, and about 300 metres away at the further end. 

It has the best view of any grandstand of Abbey corner. It sits adjacent to Abbey A grandstand which is closer to the start / finish line.

Image below from the Silverstone website.

View from Abbey B grandstand

The image below shows the view from Abbey B grandstand. Being further along the pit straight it has a much better view of Abbey corner, but a slightly poorer view of the final turn Club.

 Depending where in Abbey B you sit, your view of Farm Curve and Village will be more or less obstructed by the grandstands at Farm.

The video below is filmed from around 2/3rds of the way along Abbey B grandstand, being closer to Abbey corner than the start line.

Abbey B seating plan

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Abbey B seating plan for the F1 at silverstone

Strangely, the rows start at J (closest to the track / lowest down) and go up through the alphabet, past Z, until the back row which is AA.

The seat numbers seem to go from 142 and increase the 352 from left to right (if you stand on the track and look up at the stand). 

Best entrance gate for Abbey grandstands

Gate 16 (the main entrance) or Gate 1 are the two closest spectator entrances to Abbey grandstands. 

Other Silverstone Grandstands

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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Amy

Hi Alex, I have just booked a 3 day at silverstone next year and have booked to be seated in abbey b, I’m looking at some accommodation in walking distance of Copse Corner, do you know if we can enter there to get to our seats in abbey b?

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