Is it an airport? Is it a town? It's one large service area that caters for many roads at once.
Many visitors are surprised to discover that, if you are arriving from the north or leaving to head north, this service area is more than two miles away from the motorway. It doesn't add much time to your journey, but it will leave you triple-checking you're going the right way as you navigate the ever-increasing number of traffic lights.
COVID-19 update: Most service areas are fully open. We are regularly reviewing our information.
Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Drive Thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Children's Soft Play Area, Fourex Money Exchange, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, NomadPower, Showers, Truck Wash, Brexit Document Advice Point, HGV Covid-19 Test Centre Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: Electric Highway Forecourt: BP, Shop, Greggs, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £27.50. HGVs can pay £29.50 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2435.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Junction 23a M1
Trivia and Design
See also: History:Donington
Donington was originally named Donington Park, and it is still better known by that name. It is commonly misspelt "Donnington".
The service area was appointed as a gateway to The National Forest. At the back by the lake there are information boards and viewing platforms.
It's one of the only service stations where a hotel is thoroughly built-in to the main building. Other service areas, like Stafford, had the hotel joined on to the main building, but Donington has the hotel built on top of it, which saved space and made the planning process easier.
Since July 2020, Donington has been taking part in the "fuel price drop", where Moto have pledged to compete with local petrol stations. In October 2020, Moto introduced attended service to the petrol station - the first time it had been available on the motorway for many years. Donington later opted out of the fuel price trial.
The drive thru Costa opened in 2021, after Moto proposed a number of different positions for it.
|Leicester Forest East (16 miles)||Services on the M1||Trowell (11 miles)|
|Appleby Magna (15 miles)||Services on the A42||end of road|
|Tamworth (M42, 21 miles)||Moto services||Trowell (11 miles)|
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