Aintree - British Racecourse
About Aintree Racecourse - home of The Grand National
Aintree is home to the Grand National Steeple Chase, at over 4 ½ miles long, it’s one of the most demanding and famous races in the world. In 1928, 42 horses started and only two finished the course. The record for the most victories in the Grand National is held by Red Rum, who won three times in the 1970's, in addition to coming second twice. Fences the like of Becher's Brook, The Chair and The Canal Turn have helped to capture the public's imagination of the race and have become household names in their own right. The Mildmay Course stages all but four of Aintree's races and is a flat track with two long straights. It is imperative horses are fast and accurate at their obstacles at both courses. Dogs are permitted in certain enclosures except for disabled assistance dogs which have free access with their owner to all enclosures as long as the owner has the correct badge/permission to enter from the racecourse.
Course Details - The National course: Nearly two and a quarter miles round.
Mildmay course: About one and a half miles.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Driving: For Sat Nav users, enter the postcode L9 5AS
Train - 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 race days (more frequently during The Randox Health Grand National Festival).
Bus - Aintree can be reached by bus on services: 300, 311, 345, 350 and 351 both to and from Liverpool. From Bootle New Strand take route 61A.
Parking - There is parking for up to 1,800 cars. Car parking is available for free at Aintree on non Grand National meetings.
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Places to stay nearby:
Premier Travel Inn (0.6 miles)
1 Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS, UK
Tel: 0151 530 3700
Park Hotel (1.1 miles)
Dunnings Bridge Road, Bootle L30 6YN, UK
Tel: 0151 525 7555
Bootle Arms (3.7miles)
Rock Ln, Melling L31 1En
Tel: 0151 526 2886
Farmer’s Arms (0.9miles)
1 Larkhill Ln, Liverpool L13 9B
Tel: 0151 256 9172