Aintree Racecourse is home to the incredible Grand National steeplechase. The course itself 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. 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.
The Grand National Course
This course is where the Grand National takes place and it is regarded as one of the most difficult race courses to navigate successfully, with 16 steeplechase fences including infamous obstacles such as the Chair, Foinavon, Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook. These obstacles strike fear into even the most professional of jockeys. It is two and a quarter miles in length, triangular and perfectly flat.
The Mildmay Course
The Mildmay Course is set within the Grand National course and although still considered a difficult course it is much easier to navigate than the infamous Grand National course. It measures a mile and a half in length with some sharp turns and suits the type of horse that races handily.
The racecourse is also home to a 9 hole golf course and driving range within it’s boundaries. This gives golfers the chance to see the racecourse from a different perspective and famous features such as Becher’s Brook are incorporated into the course. Golf facilities are not open when the racecourse is in use for motor or horse racing, because the road to access the golf course bisects the racecourse.
Aintree has also been used as a venue for motor racing. The British Grand Prix was staged there on five occasions, in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962. In addition to the Grand Prix, the circuit also held 11 non-championship Formula 1 races, known as the Aintree 200.
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. Although there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted. Sports clothes and fancy dress are not permitted for The Grand National Festival.
Aintree racecourse offers an incredible range of hospitality packages and facilities to enjoy celebrating an event with family and friends. The Aintree private boxes are bright and spacious and come in a variety of sizes, accommodating anywhere from 16 to 72 guests.
The Grand National
The Grand National is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, with over 600 million people world wide tuning in to watch the incredible event. Run over four miles and about four furlongs it is the 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.