Best service stations in England

If you’re planning a road trip, you should think about where you’re going to break the journey too, especially if you’re travelling with children. England is full of service stations and places to stretch your legs, but you can’t always be sure of their quality. 

Take a look at what we’ve found to be the best service stations in England and see if you can plan them into your route.  

Exeter services 

Along the M5, you’ll find the excellent Exeter services with everything you need for a pleasant break to your journey. Full of lots of takeaways and a restaurant, you can spend some time away from the car and get a good meal. It’s a great spot to recharge, you, your phone and your electric vehicle!

Cornwall Services 

If you’re heading into Cornwall, a good spot to rest is at the Cornwall services on the A30. Kids will love the indoor soft play and climbing wall and you can grab some good food and even a present or two in their on-site shops. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout and you can even clean and dry a load of washing using their self-service laundrette. 

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Leigh Delamere 

Eastbound of the M4, you’ll find the Leigh Delamere services which gets high satisfaction ratings from visitors. You get a great range of food, shops and services on site, as well as an indoor children’s play area. You get two hours free parking and there is space for cars, HGVs, caravans and motorhomes, plus electric vehicle charging points. 

Cherwell Valley 

Heading north away from London on the M40, you’ll be able to stop at the wonderful Cherwell Valley. With a secure 24 hour car park and free two hours parking, you can spend time inside knowing your belongings are safe. Enjoy the food and shopping on site and let the kids burn off some energy on the indoor or outdoor play area. 

Corley Services 

On the M6, the Corley services are a highly regarded place to stop for a break. As well as top food and shopping brands, you can take a break on the gaming machines or even freshen up with a shower. There’s free Wi-Fi, full accessibility and electric vehicle charging points.  

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Norton Canes, M6 toll road 

The services at Norton Canes topped rankings of the best service stations in 2019. There you’ll find a wide range of shops and food options, a chance to fuel or charge your vehicle and free Wi-Fi. You get 2 hours free parking, it is wheel chair accessible, and has space for cars, caravans, coaches and HGVs. 

Chester Services 

The services at Chester on the M56 gets very positive feedback from visitors. It’s open 24 hours and has free Wi-Fi, 2 hours free parking and charging points for electric vehicles. There’s even meeting space available! There are plenty of places to grab food, as well as the opportunity to do a bit of shopping. 

Wetherby Services 

Heading north on the M1, you’ll come across the Wetherby services, close to York. As well as delicious places to eat and drink, there’s a food hall on site for extra snacks and bits for your holiday. You’ll get 2 hours free parking, access to Wi-Fi and can charge up your electric vehicle. It’s fully accessible, has shower facilities and a RADAR key scheme. 

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Durham Services 

The services at Durham on the A1 (M) are a great place to stop off. They’re open 24 hours and have all the amenities you need for a rest. With two hours free parking and electric vehicle charging points, you can head inside for some food, have a comfort break, and give the whole family a rest from the road. 

Lancaster (Forton) Northbound

On the M6, the Lancaster Northbound services are a welcome spot to break a journey. There are plenty of options for food and shopping. It’s a fully accessible services and has a secure RADAR key scheme and an outdoor play area for kids. 

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