Aintree Racecourse is home to one of Britain’s biggest races, the Aintree Grand National. A steeplechase course known for its brutal difficulty, this racecourse is one of the most feared by jockeys. Located at Aintree in Liverpool, this racecourse is well known to the public at large thanks to the popularity of the Grand National Festival.
Map to Aintree Racecourse
Address: Ormskirk Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L9 5AS
Phone: 0151 522 2922
History of Aintree Racecourse
Established in 1829, Aintree Racecourse began with flat races for several years until steeplechases began in 1839. The fences of Aintree Racecourse are an interesting part of its history, due to some of the terrifying accidents that have occurred on them in the Grand National and other races.
Becher’s Brook is a notorious fence. It got its name from Captain Becher, the first winner of the precursor to the modern Grand National. When Becher fell from his mount in the first proper Grand National in 1839, he took cover in a brook that ran along the side of the fence. The current Becher’s Brook is not quite as formidable as it once was, as a backward slope on the landing was leveled off after two horses fell at the fence in 1989. Additionally, the brook that Becher used for cover was drained to prevent fallen horses from drowning.
Notable Races of Aintree Racecourse
Obviously the most notable race at Aintree Racecourse is the Aintree Grand National, but this is not the only race to be run there. Other important race days at Aintree Racecourse include:
- Becher Chase Day, with two races run on the Grand National track
- Old Roan Chase Day, the opening meeting to the jump season
How to Get to Aintree Racecourse
Aintree Racecourse can be reached by road, rail, and air.
- You may reach Aintree by road via the M6, M62 or M57 if travelling from the south. Travellers approaching from the north may also access Aintree via the M6, as well as the M58. If approaching from the east, take the M62 or M57. Those travelling on the M57 can also make use of the free park-and-ride facility.
- If arriving by air, be sure to book a flight to the Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Manchester Airport. Both are less than an hour away from the racecourse.
- The closest major railway station to the Aintree Racecourse is the Liverpool Lime Street Station. From there, local trains may be taken to Aintree Station, located close to the racecourse.
Aintree Racecourse Facilities
Food and Beverages – The Princess Royal Restaurant, the Sefton Rooms, and the Sunloch Restaurant all provide patrons of Aintree Racecourse with refreshments and excellent views of the course.
Corporate/Conference – Private boxes and chalets are available for a minimum of 30 people, and conferences of up to 600 delegates can be catered for at Aintree Racecourse.
Disabled Facilities – Disabled patrons should contact the venue to make arrangements before visiting.