The Grand National is one of the toughest and most popular horse racing events of the year, with more than 600 million viewers tuning in to watch the televised event. On top of that, some 150,000 spectators travel to Aintree to soak up the atmosphere and watch the race live.
If you’re thinking of buying Grand National tickets and cheering on the forty runners this year, planning ahead is a must to ensure you make the most of your grand day out.
By far the easiest way to get to Aintree is by train from Liverpool Central Station. Trains run to Aintree every quarter of an hour on other race days but on the day of the Grand National they are every seven and a half minutes. You can also hop on a bus – routes 300, 311, 345, 350, 351 and 61A all run to the course.
Drivers will find the racecourse clearly signposted from the M57 from the south, M58 from the north or A59 from the Mersey Tunnel. There is limited parking on-site but this can be booked in advance.
Some tickets give access to other areas such as viewing galleries, restaurants, champagne bars and more. If you want to make sure you get a view of the winning post, it’s better to book a ticket that ensures this, as trackside gets busy quickly.
Aintree Racecourse meets all reasonably achievable access to spectators with limited mobility, including a raised viewing platform near the infamous Chair jump and lowered service counters at several bars.
There are baby changing facilities available in the Queen Mother Grandstand, the Princess Royal Grandstand and the Aintree Pavilion. Children and carers are charged full ticket price.
What to expect
There are seven races held on Grand National day. In between races there is plenty going on to entertain you, including a number of bars and restaurants to keep you fed and watered. Arrive early if you want to stake your claim in prime viewing spots, and due to the large volume of people attending, leaving the venue at the end of the day may take a while.
To ensure you get the most out of your day at the Grand National, plan your trip in advance. By booking early and arriving in time to secure a great viewing spot, you can enjoy your time at Aintree as much as possible.