Aintree Racecourse – Home to The Grand National

The UK’s Top Horse Racing Venue

Located in Aintree, Liverpool this renowned course is a major name in the sporting world – most popular for holding the Grand National. Although Aintree Racecourse has played host to other major events over the years the Grand National is most definitely the highlight.

With steeple-chasing first introduced at Aintree in 1836, the Grand National is now recognised as the world’s greatest steeplechase. The actual course is considered to be one of the hardest to complete. With daunting fences to tackle even the most accomplished have their work cut out. Renowned fences include The Chair, Foinavon and Becher’s Brook. All of which hold their own unique story. Unlike other British National Hunt courses, all fences are covered with spruce sourced from the Lake District.

The racecourse is also a staple piece within the horse racing world thanks to its affiliation with The Jockey Club; the UK giants.

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Aintree Racecourse Hospitality

Witness world-class jump racing action at one of the greatest National Hunt courses year on year with our VIP tickets & hospitality packages for the Randox Health Grand National. The electric atmosphere that comes hand in hand with an important race day can be felt throughout all of Liverpool.

Indulge in fine dining experiences, savour delicious afternoon teas and network with important clients, or guests over champagne receptions. There’s no better way to experience all the magic of Aintree Racecourse!

In 2019, the Grand National festival certainly gave visitors a marvellous spectacle to savour. Kicking off proceedings was Grand Opening Day, a fixture which traditionally features four superb Grade One contests with honourable mentions including the Betfred Bowl and the Betway Aintree Hurdle.

It was the industrious Might Bite who romped to victory in the Betfred Bowl last year, whilst superstar L’Ami Serge, trained by Nicky Henderson, claimed the Betway Aintree Hurdle ahead of the hot favourite, Supasundae.

Aintree Racecourse also plays host to one of the season’s most glamorous social occasions, Ladies Day. This fabulous fixture, synonymous with supreme style and sophistication, is one of the UK’s most popular days within the horse racing calendar.

Last but certainly not least is the illustrious Grand National Day, the blue riband event of the festival. In 2019, the revered Handicap Chase, run over a gruelling four and a quarter miles, was claimed in sublime style by Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliot.

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Aintree Music Nights

As previously mentioned Aintree has played host to a number of exciting events over the years. A highlight from 2019 was Aintree Music Nights. The nights are dedicated to superb racing and electric live music from major artists. In 2019 we saw performances from reggae giants UB40 and MADNESS. What an ideal setting to enjoy both racing and music, a perfect combination. The night is a perfect addition to your summer social calendar. Get together with friends, colleagues or family and enjoy a night worth savouring. We are sure much of the same can be expected from Aintree in 2020 and we are excited to see who will make the line-up.

Community Projects

The people of Liverpool are brought closer together through Aintree’s community programme. Designed to use the magic and power of the Grand National to do wider good for the local community the programme has been a major hit. The programme focuses on five important themes that are aimed to help adults and children with wider social issues.

The themes include:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Community Engagement
  • Disability
  • Horseracing education

A Game of Golf

Horse racing isn’t the only sport enjoyed at Aintree Racecourse. Located centrally this makes for an ideal setting for a game of golf with a difference. The idyllic views create a perfect ambience for any golf enthusiast. The 30 bay floodlit driving range and 9 hole golf course provide plenty of opportunities to get a hole in one.

Those that want to mix their love for football and golf can enjoy a game of footgolf. The 9 hole course allows the sporting enthusiasts around you to enjoy a wide variety of other sports.

Historical Performances

Aintree Racecourse has hosted many other great events over the years. The British Grand Prix was staged there on five occasions in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962. The motor racing circuit also held 11 non-championship Formula 1 races. These were known as the Aintree 200 and were first won in 1954 by Stirling Moss.

Many concerts have also taken place there. Michael Jackson concluded the European leg of his 1987-1989 Bad World Tour at Aintree. In 1988 he performed to an audience of 125,000 people. Other recorded performed include McFly, Pink and The Chemical Brothers.

Racecourse Redevelopment

Aintree Racecourse underwent a £35 million redevelopment project and the results were spectacular. Aintree now have two new Grandstands named The Earl of Derby and The Lord Sefton Stand. The new Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and Aintree Pavilion offer a first class racing experience for all.

Visitors can sample the magic of Aintree Racecourse by visiting the visitors centre between the months of May and October.

Racing at Aintree

Alongside the prestigious Grand National, four other signature races take place over the National fences at Aintree Racecourse.

• The Topham Chase
• Foxhunters Chase
• Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
• Becher Chase

View our guide on how to get to Aintree Racecourse here.

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