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Michaelwood services


M5 between J13 and J14

Signposted from the road.


GL11 6DD

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Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.

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Two services staggered along the M5 in a small strip of woodland which were once connected by a pedestrian footbridge.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 6 November 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Burger King, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: Free Cash Machine, Showers Hotel: Days Innbook (northbound only) Charging Points: Ecotricity, Tesla Supercharger (northbound only) Forecourt: BP, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue
northbound only: M&S Food to Go
southbound only: Shop

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £28 (or £30 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Welcome Break
Michaelwood Service Area
Lower Wick
GL11 6DD

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01454 260631
  • 🗺 Grid reference: ST704954

Trivia and Design

Coffee Primo.
The former Coffee Primo area.

Full details: History:Michaelwood

Allegedly the only service area to be named after a TV presenter (Heston might contest that), Michaelwood is actually pronounced 'Mick-all-wood', despite some road signs even referring to it as Michael Wood.

The filling stations are operated by BP Express, and the northbound side has one of only two BP stations on Welcome Break land that contains an M&S store.

During 2018, the pedestrian footbridge was closed due to healthy and safety concerns. The bridge was owned by Highways England and, over the weekend of 25 and 26 January 2020, was removed during an overnight closure of the M5. There are plans to replace the bridge but it is not known when this will appear, as it will need to be funded by Highways England and installed under a closure of the M5.

Michaelwood was originally envisaged as a small, temporary service area - but it expanded from there.


Gloucester (15 miles)
Oldbury (A419, 9 miles)
Services on the M5 Gordano (16 miles)
Magor (M4 west, 20 miles)
Severn View (M48, 12 miles)
Leigh Delamere (M4 east, 27 miles)
Hopwood Park (M42, 62 miles) Welcome Break services Gordano (16 miles)
Cardiff Gate (M4 west, 40 miles)
Membury (M4 east, 56 miles)

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