The Grand National is one of the premier racing events in the calendar. It is also the biggest and each year 40 runners line up at Aintree to compete for the £1 million prize fund.
What to expect at the Grand National Festival
Aintree is the home of the Randox Health Grand National Festival and the world’s most famous Steeplechase. Grand National Day itself is on the Saturday. There are also racing on the Thursday and Friday, with Ladies Day taking place on the Friday.
Zara and Mike Tindall often attend this racing fixture, following an appearance at Cheltenham during the previous month. Aintree is in football territory and attracts the likes of Wayne and Coleen Rooney, as well as Michael Owen, who owns a number of race horses.
Event hotspots and hospitality
There are restaurant and private box packages available for the Grand National Festival. You can book hospitality through Sloaney Season. The Princess Royal Restaurant is popular and there is fine dining available at the Randox Health Grand National restaurants.
Did you know
The Grand National was first run in 1839. The course runs over two laps and one of the most famous fences is the Canal Turn, which is famed for its 90 degree left turn immediately after landing.
There is an alcohol policy at the Grand National Festival. Members of the public are advised that no alcohol can be brought onto the premises and this will be confiscated on arrival by a member of the security team. Aintree Racecourse operates a responsible drinking policy and all staff are trained to the highest standards.
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Despite the Grand National taking place early in the year, many ladies go to town with summer racing attire. High heels, bare legs and glamorous dresses are aplenty. There is no official dress code but smart clothes are encouraged. Sportswear and fancy dress is banned at the Grand National.
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. If driving, follow the A59 to Liverpool and the yellow/tourism signs as you approach the racecourse for routes to the car parks.