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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.


Catering: on both sides: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go
plus northbound only: Subway
Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: on both sides: Showers
plus northbound only: Game Zone
and southbound only: Welcome Break Gaming
Hotel: northbound only: Days Innbook Charging Points: on both sides: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2
plus northbound only: Tesla Supercharger 120kW
Forecourt: BP, Marks and Spencer Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

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 £29 (or £31 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

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and Design

Pedestrian footbridge.
The old footbridge before it was removed.

See also: History:Michaelwood

Michaelwood services was named after the farm next door, which was itself a modernised spelling of "Micklewood", which is the correct pronunciation.

When the motorway signs were updated in the 1980s, a mistake was made and all four signs called it Michael Wood services. This gave rise to a theory that it was named after somebody, such as the TV presenter with the same name. The operators mostly used the correct spelling.

All four motorway signs were eventually corrected in 2014, and Heston is now the only service area to share its name with a TV presenter.

Michaelwood had a footbridge between the two sides until 2018, when it was closed for safety reasons. 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. Highways England intends to replace the bridge, but hasn't come forward with any detailed plans. Strictly speaking the bridge isn't a public right of way and Highways England aren't known for spending money when they aren't forced to. Signs of a return for the bridge came in December 2021 when National Highways commenced work on the former bridge supports on both sides of the motorway. Works are due to be complete by May 2022 and a bridge is likely to be installed by this point.

Michaelwood was originally envisaged as a small, temporary service area - but it expanded from there. The forecourts are managed by BP Express and not Welcome Break, as a result of the service area's previous owners.


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