Situated in the north of England, near Liverpool, Aintree is owned by the Jockey Club and is best known for the Grand National, which is one of the biggest and best known horse races in the world.
The Aintree web site has loads of information for racegoers, including a list of upcoming fixtures, dress code, directions and parking, racecourse map, spectator guide and places to stay around the area. It also includes details of venue hire for both business functions and celebrations, such as weddings and private parties.
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Aintree Grand National
Ask anyone which horse race is the most famous in the world, and you'll almost certainly receive just one answer. The Aintree Grand National. No other race can compare with the most talked about, most magical race.
The race was first run in 1839 and was won by a horse aptly named Lottery. The race features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt courses, some of which have become famous in their own right, including Becher's Brook, The Chair and The Canal Turn.
Two left-handed courses. The Grand National circuit is a flat galloping track of 2m 2f. It has unique fences, which include Becher's Brook, The Chair and The Canal Turn and has a long run-in to the finishing line. The Grand National race covers nearly 2 laps of the track and is 4m 3f and 110 yards long.
The Mildmay Course is used for the majority of race meetings throughout the year. It is a more conventional flat track of 1m 4f. It includes both hurdles and chase courses, with the hurdles course running around the outside of the chase course, making the bends on the chase course that bit sharper.
Going Racing at Aintree
From the South take the M1 onto the M6 north. Leave M6 at Junction 21a and join the M62 West. Leave M62 at J6 to join the M57 (signposted Southport). Follow signs for the races. From the North Leave the M6 at J26 and join M58, then follow signs to the races. Sat Nav users, use the postcode L9 5AS.
There is parking for up to 1,800 cars, which is free for non Grand National meetings. For the Grand National meeting, car parking is limited and must be pre-booked and is not available for purchase on the day. See the Aintree web site for booking details.
The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street, from there connect to Liverpool Central (just a short walk) where you can catch a train to Aintree. Aintree station is opposite the main entrance to the racecourse. Trains run every 15 minutes on race days and more frequently during the Grand National Festival