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Sun 29 Oct 2017

Countryside Day

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Sat 11 Nov 2017

Afternoon of top class racing

Sat 09 Dec 2017

Becher Chase Day

Thu 12 Apr 2018

Grand National Thursday

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Fri 13 Apr 2018

Grand National Ladies Day

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Sat 14 Apr 2018

Grand National Day

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Recommended Packages

Hotel and tickets ...

🏇 Opening Day Exclusive Package 🏇

Wed 11 Apr 2018 - Thu 12 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone - Grand National Thursday

    Invitation to Aintree Preview Evening
    Grand National Course Walk
    Free Drink in Racing Breaks Bar

  • The Holiday Inn Express - Albert Dock

from
£99.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


Racing Breaks have teamed up with Aintree Racecourse to offer a unique package to the opening day of the the Grand National Festival!

This package includes an invitation to Aintree Racecourse's Exclusive Preview Night on Wednesday Evening. A panel of experts including Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh will run you through the runners and riders for the upcoming three days!

What's more on Thursday morning you will be invited to join us on a Course Tour before the racing begins where you will get a chance to travel round the Grand National course and find out some of the history and facts about those historic fences.

You can then enjoy a free drink in the Racing Breaks Bar whilst picking out your horses for the day!

This package is strictly limited on numbers so book now to avoid disappointment!

Your Package Includes


  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, Albert Dock
  • Invitation to Aintree's Exclusive Preview Evening on Wednesday Night
  • Course Walk of the Grand National Course on Thursday Morning
  • Festival Zone Ticket to Grand National Thursday
  • Free Drink in the Racing Breaks Bar

Hotel information


The Holiday Inn Express is based on Liverpool's vibrant Albert Dock. Within walking distance of this historic waterfront are an array of bars and restaurants, perfect to compliment your short stay in Liverpool. The hotel is less than a mile from Liverpool Central Station which runs a regular service to Aintree Racecourse throughout Grand National week!

Exclusive Aintree Preview Evening


The preview night will start with expert panellists talking through footage of last year’s heroic victory by One for Arthur. The preview to the three days will then be split into two sections with panellists focusing on racing on Grand National Thursday & Ladies Day in the first section, and Grand National Day in the second half of the evening.

Parking will be available and racegoers will be guided throughout the racecourse by Aintree’s Racemakers.

On arrival, guests will enjoy music from a local band and take in video footage of previous Grand Nationals, including Red Red Rum’s 1977 victory, Aldaniti’s 1981 success and last year’s triumph by One for Arthur.

Preview Night Timings
18:30 Guests to arrive through the VIP Entrance and will be guided to the Aintree Pavilion
19:00 Grand National Virtual Tour
19:30 Preview Session: Grand Opening Day & Ladies Day
20:00 Break
20:15 Preview Session: Grand National Day
21:00 Bar to Close

Festival Zone Ticket


Includes:
- Viewing over the closing stages of every race including The Grand National race
- Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
- Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
- Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
- Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
- Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

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🏇 Opening Day Exclusive Package 🏇

Wed 11 Apr 2018 - Thu 12 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone Ticket

    Invitation to Aintree Preview Evening
    Grand National Course Walk
    Free Drink in Racing Breaks Bar

  • The Jurys Inn Liverpool

from
£99.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


Racing Breaks have teamed up with Aintree Racecourse to offer a unique package to the opening day of the the Grand National Festival!

This package includes an invitation to Aintree Racecourse's Exclusive Preview Night on Wednesday Evening. A panel of experts including Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh will run you through the runners and riders for the upcoming three days!

What's more on Thursday morning you will be invited to join us on a Course Tour before the racing begins where you will get a chance to travel round the Grand National course and find out some of the history and facts about those historic fences.

You can then enjoy a free drink in the Racing Breaks Bar whilst picking out your horses for the day!

This package is strictly limited on numbers so book now to avoid disappointment!

Your Package Includes


  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast at the Jurys Inn Liverpool
  • Invitation to Aintree's Exclusive Preview Evening on Wednesday Night
  • Course Walk of the Grand National Course on Thursday Morning
  • Festival Zone Ticket to Grand National Thursday
  • Free Drink in the Racing Breaks Bar

Hotel information


Located at Kings Waterfront in the iconic docks, this hotel is the perfect choice for your Grand National stay. Just a ten minute walk to both the City Centre and Liverpool Central Station you will find yourself in the perfect spot to enjoy a short stay in this great city.

Exclusive Aintree Preview Evening


The preview night will start with expert panellists talking through footage of last year’s heroic victory by One for Arthur. The preview to the three days will then be split into two sections with panellists focusing on racing on Grand National Thursday & Ladies Day in the first section, and Grand National Day in the second half of the evening.

Parking will be available and racegoers will be guided throughout the racecourse by Aintree’s Racemakers.

On arrival, guests will enjoy music from a local band and take in video footage of previous Grand Nationals, including Red Red Rum’s 1977 victory, Aldaniti’s 1981 success and last year’s triumph by One for Arthur.

Preview Night Timings
18:30 Guests to arrive through the VIP Entrance and will be guided to the Aintree Pavilion
19:00 Grand National Virtual Tour
19:30 Preview Session: Grand Opening Day & Ladies Day
20:00 Break
20:15 Preview Session: Grand National Day
21:00 Bar to Close

Festival Zone Ticket


Includes:
- Viewing over the closing stages of every race including The Grand National race
- Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
- Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
- Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
- Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
- Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

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🏇 Opening Day Exclusive Package 🏇

Wed 11 Apr 2018 - Thu 12 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone - Grand National Thursday

    A Round of Golf at Formby Hall
    Invitation to Aintree Preview Evening
    Grand National Course Walk
    Free Drink in Racing Breaks Bar

  • Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

from
£149.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


Racing Breaks have teamed up with Aintree Racecourse to offer a unique package to the opening day of the the Grand National Festival!

Based at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa this package begins with a round of Golf on Wednesday upon arrival before enjoying dinner in the hotel.

You then have an invitation to Aintree Racecourse's Exclusive Preview Night on Wednesday Evening. A panel of experts including Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and the most successful female jockey in Grand National history, Katie Walsh will run you through the runners and riders for the upcoming three days!

What's more on Thursday morning you will be invited to join us on a Course Tour before the racing begins where you will get a chance to travel round the Grand National course and find out some of the history and facts about those historic fences.

You can then enjoy a free drink in the Racing Breaks Bar whilst picking out your horses for the day!

This package is strictly limited on numbers so book now to avoid disappointment!

Your Package Includes


  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast at the Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
  • A round of Golf at Formby Hall
  • Dinner on Wednesday Evening
  • Invitation to Aintree's Exclusive Preview Evening on Wednesday Night
  • Course Walk of the Grand National Course on Thursday Morning
  • Festival Zone Ticket to Grand National Thursday
  • Free Drink in the Racing Breaks Bar

Hotel information


Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is located North of Liverpool, just 20 minutes from Aintree Racecourse. It combines a luxury hotel, championship golf course and beautiful spa meaning there is no better place to enjoy your Grand National stay.

Exclusive Aintree Preview Evening


The preview night will start with expert panellists talking through footage of last year’s heroic victory by One for Arthur. The preview to the three days will then be split into two sections with panellists focusing on racing on Grand National Thursday & Ladies Day in the first section, and Grand National Day in the second half of the evening.

Parking will be available and racegoers will be guided throughout the racecourse by Aintree’s Racemakers.

On arrival, guests will enjoy music from a local band and take in video footage of previous Grand Nationals, including Red Red Rum’s 1977 victory, Aldaniti’s 1981 success and last year’s triumph by One for Arthur.

Preview Night Timings
18:30 Guests to arrive through the VIP Entrance and will be guided to the Aintree Pavilion
19:00 Grand National Virtual Tour
19:30 Preview Session: Grand Opening Day & Ladies Day
20:00 Break
20:15 Preview Session: Grand National Day
21:00 Bar to Close

Festival Zone Ticket


Includes:
- Viewing over the closing stages of every race including The Grand National race
- Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
- Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
- Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
- Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
- Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

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Ladies Day One Night Package

Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Sat 14 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone Ticket

    Ladies Day

  • The Holiday Inn Express Knowsley

from
£179.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This tickets gives access to the following:

  • Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
  • Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
  • Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
  • Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
  • Viewing over the closing stages of every race
  • Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

Hotel information


The hotel is perfectly located just 5 miles from Aintree Racecourse. What's more there is also a regular bus service that runs from outside the hotel to the City Centre for those looking to extend their Grand National experience into the evening.

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Ladies Day Two Night Package

Thu 12 Apr 2018 - Sat 14 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone Ticket

    Ladies Day

  • The Jurys Inn Liverpool

from
£299.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This tickets gives access to the following:

  • Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
  • Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
  • Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
  • Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
  • Viewing over the closing stages of every race
  • Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

Hotel information


Located at Kings Waterfront in the iconic docks, this hotel is the perfect choice for your Grand National stay. Just a ten minute walk to both the City Centre and Liverpool Central Station you will find yourself in the perfect spot to enjoy a short stay in this great city.

Travelling as a group?


If you are part of a larger group you can save money by switching your rooms to triple occupancy. This package is available based on 3 people sharing a room for £249.00 per person

Transport Information


The Hotel is located just a short distance from Liverpool Central Station. Over the course of the Grand National Festival there are trains every 7 minutes to Aintree Racecourse Station and an Open Day Return was bookable this year for just £7.40 per person.

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Grand National Day Package

Sat 14 Apr 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone Ticket

    Grand National Day

  • The Holiday Inn Express Knowsley

from
£199.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This tickets gives access to the following:

  • Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
  • Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
  • Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
  • Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
  • Viewing over the closing stages of every race
  • Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

Hotel information


The hotel is perfectly located just 5 miles from Aintree Racecourse. What's more there is also a regular bus service that runs from outside the hotel to the City Centre for those looking to extend their Grand National experience into the evening.

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Grand National Two Night Package

Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

  • Festival Zone Ticket

    Grand National Day

  • The Jurys Inn Liverpool

from
£379.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This tickets gives access to the following:

  • Viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure
  • Relax and socialise in the atmospheric Red Rum Garden, with live entertainment throughout the day
  • Access to the Irish Bar, with screens and betting facilities
  • Live music in the Aintree Pavilion throughout the day, with a named artist act after racing
  • Viewing over the closing stages of every race
  • Tote betting facilities, plus big screen viewing throughout the area

Hotel information


Located at Kings Waterfront in the iconic docks, this hotel is the perfect choice for your Grand National stay. Just a ten minute walk to both the City Centre and Liverpool Central Station you will find yourself in the perfect spot to enjoy a short stay in this great city.

Travelling as a group?


If you are part of a larger group you can save money by switching your rooms to triple occupancy. This package is available based on 3 people sharing a room for £299.00 per person

Transport Information


The Hotel is located just a short distance from Liverpool Central Station. Over the course of the Grand National Festival there are trains every 7 minutes to Aintree Racecourse Station and an Open Day Return was bookable this year for just £7.40 per person.

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Grand National Two Night Package

Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

  • Grandstand Seated Ticket

    Return Private Racecourse Transfers

  • The Leverhulme Hotel

from
£519.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This package is inclusive of Seated Tickets within one of Aintree's Grandstands. You can choose between the Princess Royal, Queen Mother, Lord Sefton & Earl of Derby Stands which all offer fantastic views of the racecourse and give you the best spot to enjoy the big race from!

Hotel information


The Leverhulme Hotel is a luxury 4* hotel located in the picturesque village of Port Sunlight in the Wirral. It has 23 individually designed bedrooms that are furnished to reflect the contemporary art deco raison d’être of the hotel. Ensuite bathrooms with spacious digital showers enjoy the finest quality Bvlgari products, and are tastefully finished in the finest quality Spanish granite.

The above package is based in one of the hotel's "Classic Rooms" but we can offer upgrades to Junior Suites, Suites or Opus Suites. For more information on any of these options please get in contact.

Included within this package is 3 Course Dinner on both evenings in the hotel's Riviera Restaurant. Please note this excludes sides & drinks.

Transfer Information


This package includes private return transfers from the Hotel to the Racecourse on Saturday. These can be booked at any time to best suit your plans for the day.

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Grand National Two Night Package

Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

  • Grandstand Seated Ticket

    Return Private Racecourse Transfers

  • The Hillbark Hotel

from
£595.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


This package is inclusive of Seated Tickets within one of Aintree's Grandstands. You can choose between the Princess Royal, Queen Mother, Lord Sefton & Earl of Derby Stands which all offer fantastic views of the racecourse and give you the best spot to enjoy the big race from!

Hotel information


The Hillbark Hotel is a luxury 5* hotel located in Cheshire. It has 18 individually designed and lavishly furnished bedrooms each with their own private bathroom.

The above package is based in one of the hotel's "Classic Rooms" but the following room upgrades are available:

Junior Suite + £100 per person / Suite + £225 per person / Haddon Suite + £350 per person

Included within this package is 3 Course Dinner on both evenings in the hotel's Riviera Restaurant. Please note this excludes sides & drinks.

Transfer Information


This package includes private return transfers from the Hotel to the Racecourse on Saturday. These can be booked at any time to best suit your plans for the day.

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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

Grandstand Enclosure

Aintree has five main Grandstands: The Princess Royal Stand, The County Stand, The Queen Mother Stand, The Earl of Derby Stand and The Lord Sefton Stand. Within the Grandstands, racegoers can purchase a choice of standing or reserved seat badges. All Grandstands have full bar, catering and betting facilities. Grandstand badges at Aintree provide designated tote betting within each enclosure, big screen viewing and access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

West Tip Seats

Part of the atmospheric Tattersalls Enclosure, these covered, temporary seats offer great views up the home straight. With a dedicated bar for West Tip seat holders, you can enjoy this luxury, or go and explore the rest of the Tattersalls Enclosure at your leisure. These seats are always in great demand, so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

The Tattersalls Enclosure

The Tattersalls Enclosure was greatly enhanced in 2007 with the completion of the new Aintree Pavilion. This new permanent facility supplies one of the largest and most atmospheric enclosures on a racecourse with greatly improved facilities for racegoers of all ages. As well as permitting access to the new Aintree Pavilion, Tattersalls tickets allow racegoers to sample bars and catering areas within the Red Rum Garden as well as the legendary Irish bar located within the Princess Royal Stand. Tattersalls tickets also permit access for viewing of the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure, ensuring you sample the best of Aintree's unique atmosphere during your visit.

From the Tattersalls Enclosure, racing is mainly viewed from the large Aintree Mound in front of the Aintree Pavilion. Although this facility is not undercover, it does offer great views of the horses racing up the home straight, with large-screen TV viewing directly in front of the mound. Live music can be found in various locations within the Tattersalls Enclosure, ensuring racegoers are entertained throughout the day.

Steeplechase Enclosure

The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National. Situated on the far side of the Melling Road, this enclosure allows great viewing of the Grand National itself, and a new seating facility, overlooking the Mildmay course, has now been created to allow viewing of all other races. It is open on Grand National day only. There is no access to the Parade Ring or Winner’s Enclosure from this area, however this area does have its own bars, catering, betting facilities, big screen viewing and live entertainment.

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

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.