One of the top National Hunt racecourses in the UK, the racecourse at Aintree is home to the legendary Grand National race. There are 2 separate tracks at Aintree, but for the Grand National, these are combined into a much larger course (approximately 2 miles long), 2 laps of which constitute the race distance.
The racecourse at Aintree has a long history, with the first races being run there in the 1800s. Initially hosting flat races, it held its first jump fixture in 1835 and the first official Grand National race was held in 1839 (although there are arguments about earlier races as to whether they should be regarded as the first Grand National or not).
Aintree only hosts 7 race meetings in a year – including the Grand National, and though the course is well known, the other events held there are somewhat eclipsed by that meeting. The course is used for other activities during the year, and if you’re nearby you can try your hand at golf, Aintree has a 9-hole golf course located in the middle of the track and a 30 bay floodlit driving range. If golf’s not your thing, Aintree is also host to various motorsport events during the year, including motorcycle racing and “track day” style events.
According to Aintree’s website, there is no official dress code, though it does state a preference for smart clothes and makes a request for no sports wear. The course is open from 10am on racedays, though the schedule doesn’t usually start until after lunch :).
The racecourse at Aintree is very close to both the M57 & M58. If you want to plan a route, it’s probably easiest if you pop the post code above into a directions website such as Google Maps or multimap.
Car Parking is available on site, but there can be a lot of demand for spaces. The local mainline railway station, which is only just over the road from the track, but getting a space might be a bit of a gamble!
Aintree railway station is located on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line and at the time of writing, trains are scheduled at approximately 15 minute intervals.