Afternoon of top class racing
Becher Chase Day
Where to be for the best views
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.
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.
How to find us
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.