Welcome to our official guide to Aintree Racecourse.
We explore this brilliant racecourse in detail, looking at its rich history, The Grand National three day festival, a guide to the racecourse and the famous fence (including Becher’s Brook), local recommended hotel picks, travel information, betting guides and even the weather.
Find out more about Aintree races today:
- 1 Aintree Racecourse Overview
- 2 Aintree Racecourse History
- 3 The Grand National Meeting
- 4 Aintree Racecourse Map
- 5 Aintree Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Aintree Racecourse
- 7 Hotels Near Aintree Racecourse
- 8 Aintree Betting Guide
- 9 Aintree Race Fixtures
- 10 Best Aintree Races Betting Sites
- 11 Aintree Racecard
- 12 Aintree Racecourse Weather
- 13 Aintree Racecourse Events
- 14 Popular Questions
- 15 Frequently Asked Questions about Aintree
- 16 Summary of Aintree Racecourse
- 17 Other British Racecourses
Aintree Racecourse Overview
Famous as “The home of the Grand National” and the stomping ground of one of the most famous racehorses of all time – Red Rum – Aintree is one of the most iconic racecourses anywhere in the world, with its splendour and reputation reigning far past its North-West postcode and gaining it fame on a global scale.
Situated in Merseyside it attracts visitors from all over the country to its race meetings but it always stays true to its roots: with more locals visiting the course than anyone else.
It is a racecourse that a great city is rightly proud of.
It is part of The Jockey Club’s elite portfolio of fourteen British racecourses, and whilst known for its enormous sense of fun and occasion, it is also considered amongst the greenest and most sustainable of British race tracks. Its natural picturesque countryside environment allows the Jockey Club to invest in environmental initiatives and trial various sustainability projects before they’re rolled out across other racecourses. However, Aintree will always be known for the Grand National, Red Rum, and perhaps the unusual and daring outfit choices for Ladies’ Day.
Aintree racecourse capacity stands at 75,000.
Aintree is a household name and is truly one of the top attractions in Merseyside. It’s a racecourse at the heart of a city and a racecourse that the world has fallen in love with.
Aintree Racecourse History
Aintree races started life back in 1829, when local hotelier William Lynn had the idea of bringing racing to the area – with the benefit of course, of attracting new clientele to his hotel at the same time.
He entered into talks with local landowner William Molyneux and a grandstand was constructed in July 1829 for a race. The course flourished and within the space of just a few years had attracted upward of 40,000 race-goers!
By 1835, the racecourse was adapted to include jump racing as well as flat, and in 1836 the first-ever ‘Grand Liverpool Steeplechase’ took place. Whilst not listed formally in the history books, this is believed to be the first Grand National event.
In 1839, the reputation of the Grand National preceded itself, and with nearby Liverpool gaining a railway, spectators arrived in their droves. This formed the first recorded Grand National race and the rest, as they say, is history.
Aintree racecourse remains upgraded and refurbished by the Jockey Club but largely unchanged today, although spectator capacity now sits at 75,000, and there are considerably more amenities and facilities for those visiting and racing than there were in the 1800s!
The Grand National Meeting
The undisputed main event at Aintree is the Grand National.
One of the most famous races in the world, the Grand National takes place annually, usually in April. It forms part of a three-day festival – known as the Grand National Meeting.
Other big races during the Grand National festival include:
- The Aintree Hurdle – a grade one hurdle ran over 2miles and 4 furlongs on the Mildmay course, it is one of the premium hurdle races in the UK and Ireland with eleven flights of hurdles to be jumped. Won by greats such as Istabraq and Annie Power in recent years.
- The Melling Chase – another grade one over 2miles and 4 furlongs over the Mildmay course, this is one of the most prestigious races in the chasing calendar. Won by some great horses, such as the brilliant and tough Viking Flagship, Altoir and Moscow Flyer.
- The Fox Hunters Chase – ran over the Grand National course, but over a shorter distance of 2mile 5 furlongs, it is open to amateur riders.
The Grand National Race
The Grand National is considered the most famous race and most difficult course in the world to complete and includes 16 steeplechase fences to jump, many of which are now household names, such as the Chair, Foinavon, Canal Turn, Valentine’s and Becher’s Brook.
All fences other than the water jump are covered in spruce, which is unique to this course.
It’s run across approximately 4 miles and 2½ furlongs. The race is a staple in the British sports calendar and is broadcast live on free-to-air television annually, as well as around the globe, with an estimated viewership of up to 500,000,000.
The prize fund for winning the Grand National has exceeded £1,000,000 and continues to grow.
Tickets for the world famous Grand National are exceedingly hard to get hold of, but the whole of Aintree and the city hosts events over the three days, so those visiting will never be short of something to do; even if they don’t quite make it to the big race itself.
Aintree Racecourse Map
Please find the Aintree racecourse map of course, including the Grand National racecourse map, as below:
The track is made up of two left-handed courses both used for National Hunt racing.
The conventional course is named the Mildmay Course. It is a flat, sharp track which is 1mile 3furlongs per lap – this is where all the hurdles and standard chase races are run.
The Grand National course is a much bigger circuit, which is 2miles and 2 furlongs in distance, with a variety of fences and ditches to negotiate. The most famous fences are known the world over, such as the Canal Turn, Beecher’s Brook and The Chair.
Whilst the most important race ran over the course is The Grand National, there are actually other races contested over the track including the Grand Sefton and The Foxhunters.
Aintree Racecourse Address
The official address is:
Phone: 0151 523 2600
How To Get To Aintree Racecourse
Travelling to Aintree races is normally carried out as below:
- By Rail – served by its own railway station directly opposite the racecourse with trains arriving from Liverpool Lime Street every 15-mins on race days (and even more frequently during the Grand National!). Aintree train station to Aintree racecourse is a short walk.
- By Bus – buses travel from the city centre regularly and National Express schedule coaches to Aintree from a variety of destinations on event days.
- By Car – car parking usually needs to be booked in advance, and the racecourse is a short drive from Liverpool city centre. The postcode for the stat nav is L9 5AS.
- By Air – those travelling from further afield can fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport, just a 20-min car ride away.
As you can see getting to Aintree is easy and there are lots of options.
Hotels Near Aintree Racecourse
The popularity of events at the racecourse means that the hotels near Aintree rely almost entirely on the trade from the venue, and some are only open seasonally. There is something for all budgets and tastes, check out some of our favourite Aintree hotels below:
- The Premier Inn Liverpool North Hotel – the cheapest option with rooms available from £30 when booked in advance and remain at the quality you’d expect from such a big brand. If your trip is already an unusually large expenditure, this is a great choice.
- The Titanic Hotel – known as one of the best luxury hotels with superb rooms, leisure facilities & quality dining.
- Cavern Quarter Ibis Styles Hotel – another good option, great as part of a weekend trip to the city.
We recommend checking these out and booking through the brilliant Booking.com below:
Aintree Betting Guide
While attending Aintree does not necessarily mean you need to place a bet, for many racegoers it is the experience that matters whether it is your first time or you have visited lots of times before, Aintree races is always a superb day out.
There are lots of different betting options for you when visiting Aintree, here are the options:
With 3G, 4G and on course Wifi, online betting sites or betting via mobile app is a popular choice.
Be sure to check out the awesome betting bonuses for online betting below:
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Local Betting Shops to Aintree
Here are the local bookmakers close to Aintree:
- William Hill – 192, 4 Longmoor Ln, Liverpool, L9 0EL
- William Hill – 140 – 142 Ormskirk Rd, Aintree, Liverpool L10 3JQ
- Betfred – 732 Longmoor Ln, Liverpool L10 7LN
- William Hill – 105 Park Ln, Netherton, Bootle L30 1QB
Aintree On-Course Bookmakers
The on-course bookmakers can generally be found at the front of the grandstand or even on the rails.
These on-course bookies at Aintree are the life and soul of the betting experience, the best odds on each race are worth searching around for and you can walk from bookie to bookie to find the best betting odds around.
Aintree Race Fixtures
- October – The Halloween Races – the main race being The Old Roan Chase – won by legends such as Monets Garden and Kauto Star.
- November – The Autumn Races.
- December – The Becher Chase Meeting – featuring the Grand Sefton and Becher Chase.
- April – The Grand National Meeting – the main meeting features the Aintree Hurdle, Melling Chase, The Bowl and The Grand National, made famous by the amazing Red Rum.
Best Aintree Races Betting Sites
At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps when going to the races. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely.
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The racecards for the Aintree races are released the day before the races take places, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. In these you will get an advance look at all the runners and riders, some people like to do this and select their horses before getting to the track.
You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.
Aintree Racecourse Weather
It’s important to keep up with the weather when arranging your trip to the races, so you are up to date with ground conditions and also so you can choose the right outfit.
Aintree Racecourse Events
Whilst undoubtedly most famous for being the home of the Grand National, this venue ran by the brilliant Jockey Club also hosts other events too.
The course also has a range of conferencing and hospitality facilities.
Previously, it has also hosted golf events, motor racing and a variety of music concerts – including the likes of:
- Michael Jackson
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Chemical Brothers!
As you can see Aintree racecourse events are varied and exciting.
🏇 How do I get to Aintree Racecourse?
By Rail – Aintree is served by its own railway station directly opposite the racecourse with trains arriving from Liverpool Lime Street every 15-mins on race days (and even more frequently during the Grand National!).
By Bus – buses travel from Liverpool city centre regularly and National Express schedule coaches to Aintree from a variety of destinations on event days.
By Car – car parking usually needs to be booked in advance, and the racecourse is a short drive from Liverpool city centre. The postcode for the stat nav is Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS
By Air – those travelling from further afield can fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport, just a 20-min car ride away.
🏇 Who owns Aintree Racecourse?
It is part of The Jockey Club’s elite portfolio of fourteen British racecourses, and whilst known for its enormous sense of fun and occasion, it is also considered amongst the greenest and most sustainable of British race tracks.
🏇 What date is the 2021 Grand National?
The Grand National of 2021 will be held on Saturday 10 April.
🏇 What date is Ladies Day at Aintree in 2021?
Ladies Day at Aintree in 2021 is on Friday 9 April. Tickets sell out so be sure to book early.
🏇 How can I buy Aintree racecourse tickets?
You can buy direct from the racecourse website or the official Jockey Club’s website.
It is always best to buy in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions about Aintree
- “Is the Grand National the only race ran over the Grand National Course and the famous national fences?” No, there are other races over the racecourse throughout the year, so those iconic national fences, such as Becher‘s Brook, the Canal Turn and the Chair are jumped at other times of the year, most notably in the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton.
- “Who is your favourite National winner or runner of all time?” There are so many great runnings of the race and so many great performances from winners and placed horses alike. Surely every list has to start with Red Rum, the most successful horse in the race and a three-time winner. Other favourite winners have included Tiger Roll and Many Clouds, the grey Neptunes Collonges, Rough Quest and who can forget the run of the brilliant Crisp, probably the best horse to run in the race and not win it when denied late on trying to give weight to Red Rum.
- “Who are the most successful jockeys and trainers at the Grand National Aintree meeting?” The best trainers at the track over the past few years are led by Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins, looking further back Jenny Pitman and of course Ginger McCain, the trainer of Red Rum. In terms of jockeys, Davy Russel, AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Richard Dunwoody.
- “What is the postcode for Aintree racecourse?” The postcode for Aintree races is L9 5as.
Summary of Aintree Racecourse
A stunning and fun racecourse owned by the Jockey Club, Aintree is a firm favourite and household name across the world.
Largely this is due to it being home to the most famous horse race in the world, but a great atmosphere, superb races and brilliant facilities make it an annual tradition for locals and fun-seekers alike.
If you haven’t visited yet, you need to add it to your bucket list, it’s an occasion and spectacle not to be missed.
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