Coach trips and self-drive packages including ticket and hotel
When: 12th - 14th April 2018
Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool L9 5AS
Memorable Moments: 2015 – Leighton Aspall wins the Grand National for the second year running on Many Clouds
1997 – The first year when The Grand National took place on a Monday due to bomb threats from the IRA
1993 - 'was the race that never was' when the starting tape failed to rise correctly causing a void result
1973 – Red Rum's first victory
Since its very first race back in 1839, The Grand National has been billed as the pinnacle of ambition for owners, trainers and jockeys worldwide and you'll discover this too when you hop on coach trips to The Grand National. Not only is it the most famous steeplechase in the world but it also provides one of the biggest tests for racehorse and rider as they negotiate two circuits of The Grand National course, jumping 30 fences over four and a half miles.
Every year on Friday the infamous 'Ladies Day' occurs, where visitors showcase their unique style and fashion within every enclosure. One lucky race-goer will win a host of prizes for being selected as 'the most stylish race-goer' at The Grand National meeting. There is fantastic racing to match the fantastic fashion on display including The John Smith's Melling Chase, The Topham Chase and the John Smith's Handicap Hurdle.
On the Saturday all eyes turn to Aintree for the greatest steeplechase in the horse-racing calendar. Fans of all ages will enjoy Grand National coach tours where you can try to predict the winner, place your bets and then feel the adrenalin rush as the horses wait to gallop to the finish line. One For Arthur overtook favourite Blaklion in the final stages to be crowned champion.
Grand National coach breaks tend to include: return coach travel (except self-drive), overnight accommodation in a quality hotel with breakfast, hotel-to-venue transfers plus ticket to the event. There could be a possibility to upgrade your Grand National tickets for a supplement fee per person.
2017 Grand National Results:
2017 Grand National Winner: One for Arthur
2017 Second Place: Cause of Causes
2017 Third Place: Saint Are
What do I wear?
There is no real dress code for the Grand National, Aintree is quite relaxed about what you can and can’t wear, however dressing smart is preferable. Ladies Day is on the Friday of the festival and fashion features highly on this day as a result. Sports clothes and fancy dress are not allowed. Be practical, prepared and comfortable.
What do I take with me?
Remember it’s early April, so a brolly is a must, as you never know when the April showers will strike. Binoculars are always handy so that you can see the action close-up as they approach the finishing post. And don’t forget a little cash - you’ll want to have a flutter.
How do I pick a winner?
Most people tend to look at the name of the horse and go from there… Apparently you should be looking for a nine or ten year old horses carrying between 10-07 to 11-05 in weight, horses that have previously run well at Aintree are to be favoured. Only three grey horses have ever won the National. French trained horses normally struggle in the race but Irish runners perform well.
Where should I watch from?
There are five grandstands available around Aintree, coach packages available tend to have Festival Zone or Steeplechase Enclosure tickets included.
The Festival Zone
With viewing areas within the Aintree Pavilion, unreserved seating and sheltered areas available, the Festival Zone is a great place to view the Grand National. Visitors will also be allowed access to the Parade Ring, Red Rum Garden and there’ll be musical acts performing during and after the racing.
The Steeplechase Enclosure
The Steeplechase Enclosure is only open on Grand National day, visitors will have great views across the racecourse. Unreserved seating is available for visitors, there is bars, catering, betting facilities and live entertainment also available. Those with tickets to the Steeplechase Enclosure will not have access to the Parade Ring or Winner’s Enclosure.
Is there anything else to do?
There’s a lot to do at Aintree Racecourse. Learn about the race’s history or sit in the weighing-in chair at the Visitor Centre. Take in the art of the National at the gallery or visit Red Rum’s statue and grave. There’s even a nine-hole golf course.
Where can I eat and drink?
There are plenty of places to get a drink and a bite to eat at Aintree. Eleven on-course restaurants have everything from buffet style dining, afternoon teas and three course a la carte lunches. Your own food and drink isn’t allowed on the racecourse and you can only picnic in the Steeplechase car park.
What if I’m in a wheelchair?
No problem. Aintree has made the course available to as many racegoers as possible. Disabled toilets, lowered betting counters, raised platform viewing, wheelchair accessible catering and disabled parking are all there to help you to enjoy your day.
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Address: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, L9 5AS
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers directly to the venue. Aintree station is conveniently located across the road from the racecourse. If travelling by car then easy access can be gained from the A59 road just off the M57/M58.