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Thu 04 Apr 2019

Grand National Thursday

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Fri 05 Apr 2019

Grand National Ladies Day

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Sat 06 Apr 2019

Grand National Day

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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

Festival Zone

This popular enclosure is the largest and most atmospheric enclosure at Aintree throughout the three-day meeting, with access to view the Parade Ring, Winner's Enclosure atmospheric Red Rum lawn. Ticket holders also have access to the Irish Bar, live music in the Aintree Pavilion, tote betting, plus big screen viewing. The Aintree mound provides viewing of the closing stages of every race.

Earl of Derby Terrace

Aintree's newest grandstands offer terraces closer to the action than anywhere else on the racecourse. Located either side of the horse walk, witness the colourful preparations of horses and jockeys at the Grand National start line, and be one of the first to cheer a winner on its way back to the Winner's Enclosure. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Lord Sefton Terrace

Aintree's newest grandstands offer terraces closer to the action than anywhere else on the racecourse. Located either side of the horse walk, witness the colourful preparations of horses and jockeys at the Grand National start line, and be one of the first to cheer a winner on its way back to the Winner's Enclosure. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Lord Daresbury Roof

With a birds-eye view directly above the winning post, you can scrutinize who makes it first past the post before anyone else. This traditional uncovered area offers prime viewing, making this badge very popular with racegoers at Aintree. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Queen Mother Roof

Just yards past the Grand National finish line, this traditional uncovered area offers premium viewing along with a dedicated bar. It boasts an ideal location on the racecourse itself, close to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure and not too far from the vibrant Red Rum Garden. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Princess Royal Roof

A partially covered standing area with the Tommy Wallis Suite as its dedicated bar, this enclosure offers a unique vantage point over the racecourse, and an ideal spot for viewing the all important final closing moments of every race. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Earl of Derby Lower Seats

Our award-winning grandstands were designed to offer first-class viewing facilities for the 21st century spectator, and both stands fit the brief perfectly. Each grandstand provides two levels of covered seating, higher than any other seated area at Aintree, hence providing breathtaking views over the famous course. Both levels permit access to private saddle bars overlooking the horse-walk and Parade Ring, ensuring a vantage point like no other. Set at a unique angle, overlooking the Grand National start and finish, you're guaranteed you won't want to leave your seat all day. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Earl of Derby Upper Seats

Our award-winning grandstands were designed to offer first-class viewing facilities for the 21st century spectator, and both stands fit the brief perfectly. Each grandstand provides two levels of covered seating, higher than any other seated area at Aintree, hence providing breathtaking views over the famous course. Permits access to a private partially covered saddle bar overlooking the horse-walk and Parade Ring, ensuring a vantage point like no other. Set at a unique angle, overlooking the Grand National start and finish, you're guaranteed you won't want to leave your seat all day. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Lord Sefton Lower Seats

Our award-winning grandstands were designed to offer first-class viewing facilities for the 21st century spectator, and both stands fit the brief perfectly. Each grandstand provides two levels of covered seating, higher than any other seated area at Aintree, providing breathtaking views over the famous course. Both levels permit access to private saddle bars overlooking the horse-walk and Parade Ring, ensuring a vantage point like no other. Set at a unique angle, overlooking the Grand National start and finish, you're guaranteed you won't want to leave your seat all day. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Lord Sefton Upper Seats

Our award-winning grandstands were designed to offer first-class viewing facilities for the 21st century spectator, and both stands fit the brief perfectly. Each grandstand provides two levels of covered seating, higher than any other seated area at Aintree, providing breathtaking views over the famous course. Permits access to a partially covered private saddle bar overlooking the horse-walk and Parade Ring, ensuring a vantage point like no other. Set at a unique angle, overlooking the Grand National start and finish, you're guaranteed you won't want to leave your seat all day. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Queen Mother Seats

Close to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure and adjacent to the Red Rum Garden, these seats are at the heart of the racing action, with the winner's post directly opposite and with the added luxury of covered seating, raceday hats are protected from the elements. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

Princess Royal Seats & Gallery

Recent enhancements to Princess Royal Seats will make this enclosure one of the most sought after places on the racecourse for the Grand National meeting. The extended and refurbished lounge with Champagne and Seafood concessions together with a full bar will make this an experience to remember. Princess Royal seats offer close up views of the closing stages of every race from your own reserved seat. The Sundew Champagne Bar will remain open for an additional ONE hour at the end of the day leaving time to celebrate the day with friends. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure. A complimentary racecard is provided as part of this seat package.

Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

By Rail

The easiest way to reach Aintree is by train. The nearest mainline station to Aintree is Liverpool Lime Street. Liverpool Central Station is just a short walk from Lime Street, where you can catch a train to Aintree. Aintree Station is directly opposite the racecourse, where regular trains run every 15 minutes on racedays (more frequently during The Randox Health Grand National Festival).

By Bus

Aintree can be reached by bus on services: 300, 311, 345, 350 and 351 both to and from Liverpool. From Bootle New Strand take route 61A. For further information on bus routes, contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

By Car

Please note that a toll applies to the Mersey Gateway bridge which is to be paid before use in both directions to avoid a fine.

From South: Leave M6 at J21A and join M62 west. Leave M62 at J6 to join M57, follow signs for races.

From North: Leave M6 at J26 and join M58, follow signs for races.

From Mersey Tunnels: Follow signs for Preston, then for A59, then signs for races.

The main entrance to the racecourse via Grand National Avenue is just off Ormskirk Road (A59). Please use this entrance for conference and events. For Sat Nav users, please enter the postcode L9 5AS

Parking

There is parking for up to 1,800 cars.

Car parking is available for free at Aintree on non Grand National meetings.

For the Randox Health Grand National Festival car parking is limited and must be purchased in advance.

Dress Codes

What to wear

Although there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted. Aintree is a spectacle of colour throughout the year, with many using their trip to the racecourse as an opportunity to showcase their favourite raceday outfits. Hats are optional too, but are frequently worn. Sports clothes and fancy dress are not permitted for The Randox Health Grand National Festival.

Racecourse Information

The History

Aintree Racecourse is set in picturesque, green surroundings where priority over environmental responsibilities is taken seriously and the racecourse strives to incorporate sustainable principles in its business. This is the home of the world’s most famous and widely watched horserace, the Grand National, which is run over four miles and about four furlongs - the longest race distance to be found in Britain. The course has gone from strength to strength since Lottery in 1839 won the first ‘Grand Liverpool’ steeplechase as it was originally known. But it was Red Rum’s remarkable hat-trick of victories in 1973, 1974 and 1977 for second hand car dealer turned trainer Ginger McCain that helped establish the race in the current generation’s hearts. In 2004 he added to his tally with Amberleigh House and in 2011 his son Donald came out from his father’s shadow when Ballabriggs triumphed. The family’s faithful servant Red Rum is now buried at the winning post. Though the nation’s favourite race, it has provided some great longshots – most notably Foinavon at 100-1 in 1967 and Mon Mome also at 100-1 in 2009. It’s location on the outskirts of Liverpool and not far from the Lancashire seaside resorts and Manchester make it an ideal venue for racegoers with scores of hotels on hand to accommodate the crowds – which seem to be growing year on year. Despite the recession the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National was a sell out. Aintree Racecourse is proud to be part of The Jockey Club. Because of its unique experience and heritage and the strength of the Jockey Club Racecourses group today, it can successfully deliver competitive and best-of-class horse racing; maximising profit and re-investing in the future to ensure the long-term and sustainable success of the business. Jockey Club racecourses deliver an exciting and passionate experience to every customer that is ‘close to the action’ and great value for money.