Goodwood Festival of Speed Visiting Tips

If your planning on visiting FOS then these Goodwood Festival of Speed Tips will help you have a much more enjoyable time. This information is great if it is your first time at festival of speed. There is general advice on many aspects of the weekend event.


Goodwood Festival of Speed is always popular and the weekend tickets almost always sell out well before the event. You have to order them early to avoid disappointment. I recommend the weekend ticket as there is so much to see you cant really manage it all in a day.  The Thursday is the quiet day, Friday more busy, Saturday & Sunday are extremely busy as its the weekend.  These 2 days also have the most going on in terms of Cars, Drivers, Celebrities and driving action on The Hill.

Where to stay?

There are many options to stay at Goodwood Festival of Speed.


Goodwood have lots of camping space in the fields around the Goodwood Estate which is where I stay as a Photographer as it’s closer than any Hotel or B & B.  If you camp it is only a 10-20 minute walk to the entrance.  With over 600 camping plots available for camping vehicles, caravans and tents  The campsites have very good facilities such as toilets, showers etc.

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Hotels B&Bs

Hotels & B&Bs are a plenty but if you choose this option !!BOOK EARLY!! as these fill up very quickly well in advance of the event.  Unless you book one very close & leave early each morning you will get caught up in the mass of traffic jams around chichester.

Travel to & from Goodwood Festival of Speed


Many people living in the surrounding areas drive as normally its only a 30 – 60 minute drive.  During Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014, I would at least double if not triple journey times due to the traffic.  If your taking your car book a Car Park Ticket before you travel.  You can do this when buying your ticket.  Pack food and water in your car as you may need it when stuck in traffic. Leave home early, really early so don't get stuck in lots of traffic!


Many of the bus companies will extras buses and special services to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  There is a free bus shuttle service to and from Chichester Train Station which is only.


Chichester Train Station is the closest to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014. There is a free bus shuttle service to and from Chichester Train Station to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

Motorbike/Pedal Bike

If you live close enough to cycle or own a motorbike this is a good way to travel as you don’t have to sit in the traffic jams.

Helicopter / Plane

Many companies offer a flight service to and from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.  Also if your lucky enough to have your own Helicopter or Plane you can fly to Goodwood Aerodrome just a few minutes away from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

At the Festival of Speed


Festival of Speed Photography is lots fun as you can get so close to the action.  For my tips on Photography at Goodwood Festival of Speed please go to my Photography guide below.

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Moving Motor Show

This section of the festival gives the manufacturers a chance to show off the latest cars. The public have a chance to get up close and even drive the cars up the famous Goodwood hill climb.

Supercar Paddock

This is where all of the beautiful supercars can be found including Ferrari, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Mclaren, Honda, Nissan, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Alfa Romeo, Pagani and more.  It always gets very busy here so if you want a good look or to get some photos, one of my the best Festival of Speed Tips is to go here first thing on arrival before the crowds arrive.

F1 Paddock

This were you will find the Formula 1 cars and drivers with some of the big teams such as Ferrari, Red Bull & Mercedes.  You can get up close with the cars, mechanics & drivers.

GAS Arena

In the Goodwood Action Sports Arena its all about the extreme sports of BMX, Mountain Bike Trials, Motocross & Motor Cycle Trials. Including riders from far and wide such as Local Mountain Trials rider Chris Doney(Zero Gravity) British Champ 05, World cup winner 05, multiple time, motor bike trials world champion Dougie Lampkin, Spanish Flatland world champion Viki Gomez, 6-times British Trials Champion Chris Akrigg. From the insane tricks world of motor cross has World Champions & X games Winners.

The Hillclimb

The famous hill climb is the main attraction at Goodwood Festival of Speed where the crowds can watch cars and motorbikes race round the sweeping curves past the main grandstands in front of Goodwood House, on to the narrow section as it climbs to the top paddock where all the action is with wheelies, burnouts and doughnuts as the drivers and riders put on a show for the fans.

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Car

Sunday Shootout

The Hillclimb record set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999 still stands today.  The Sunday Shootout in the afternoon on the last day is when the fastest drivers of the weekend get to battle it out for the title 'King of the Hill'.

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