As far back as the 1800s horse racing at Aintree has been a celebrated event on Liverpool’s social calendar but before 1839 the event was referred to as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase.
The actual arrival of the Grand National weekend in 1839 was prompted by outside influences such as another prominent race meet being cancelled and the introduction of a railway in Liverpool. It was in 1839 that, thanks to an organised committee, advertising and press coverage was increased, a higher calibre of horses and riders entered the mix and spectator crowds increased in number.
Over the course of the Grand National, there have been many surprises, such as the infamous Red Rum who won the steeplechase three years in a row putting the event and the horse firmly in the horse racing record books.
With this year’s Aintree races just, weeks away we wanted to examine all you needed to know about Grand National 2018.
Course layout & tickets
Sometimes buying tickets to Grand National Weekend can be quite confusing especially if you want to make sure you’re up close to all the action, have the option to be undercover if it rains and be near a bar or two for refreshments.
Here we’ve got a guide to the stands and their features, so you can make an informed decision about which tickets to purchase.
The Princess Royal stand consists of a seated gallery and lounge as well as a roof terrace and has fabulous views of the finishing point of every race as well as a dedicated bar and access to the Aintree Pavilion and Red Rum Gardens.
The Lord Daresbury roof stand provides an amazing view directly above the finishing post and further access to Aintree’s all access areas.
The Queen Mother stand has a roof terrace and partially covered seating with its own dedicated uncovered bar area, excellent views over the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure and access to the rest of Aintree’s all access areas.
The Earl of Derby Stand has the best seats in the house if we have some of our famous British weather during Grand National Weekend with a dedicated seat and a covered bar and access to all Aintree’s fabulous all access features.
The Lord Sefton Stand has excellent perks with guaranteed seating in an uncovered area, access to the private Saddle Bar which overlooks the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure and all area access to the rest of Aintree.
To be in the thick of all the action with thousands of racegoers the Tattersalls or Festival Zone tickets are ideal. Providing the weather is good these amazing tickets have access to wine and champagne terraces, food courts, Aintree Pavilion, live entertainment and trackside viewing as well as a seating pavilion for when your feet are hurting.
There are also West Tip tickets available which give racegoers reserved covered seating, views of the home straight, private West Tip bar access and all areas access to the rest of the Tattersalls.
Tailor Grand National weekend to your tastes and budget using our guide to the course layout and ticket options. No matter how you chose to enjoy Grand National weekend at Aintree it’s guaranteed to be a winning day out for all.
Three days of Grand National
The most hotly anticipated weekend of the year starts early on Thursday 12th April and finishes with the pinnacle of the entire festival which stops the world turning for just 8 minutes; The Grand National.
But which day do you chose?
Here we’ve got a rundown of what to expect from each day to help make your decisions.
Grand Opening Day 12th
Kicking off Grand National Weekend the first race of seven begins at 13:45 pm on Grand Opening Day and the last race begins at 17:15 pm.
The day mainly consists of Grade One races and includes the Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase and the Aintree Hurdle.
Immerse yourself in the history of Grand National on Grand Opening Day of Grand National.
Ladies Day 13th
A fabulous day celebrating individual style and fashion, Ladies Day at Aintree is filled with colour and creativity.
This is the day that Aintree fills with fashion followers as well as race enthusiasts to show off their own personal style and be in with the chance of winning more than just their bets on the races.
Make your way to the Red Rum Garden where you might be spotted and entered into the style stakes of Ladies Day at Aintree.
Of course, the day is also filled with fantastic races such as the Topham Steeple Chase and Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle.
Racing starts at 13:40 pm and ends at 17:15 pm, the entire day is then followed up in Liverpool’s many city centre bars and restaurants for a night of enjoyable post-race fun.
Grand National 14th
The race that is watched all over the world takes place at 17:15 pm on Saturday between 40 of the top competing horses who come together to run a challenging chase including large fence jumps which have become famous in their own right.
The prize for the winning horse and jockey is £1million, and the Grand National Steeplechase is known as the most valuable race in Europe.
The rest of the day is studded with other exciting chases such and hurdles and promises to be an entertaining day filled with a bright and energetic atmosphere.
If you are lucky and pick a winner on Grand National, as it is literally any bodies race, we will let you know where to spend your winnings next.
So you’ve hit the jackpot and want to know where to spend all your winnings in Liverpool.
We’ve picked out all the best places to enjoy a post races evening in the centre of the city.
Revolucion De Cuba
Down on the docks is where the parties at for every day of Grand National weekend in Liverpool.
The after party at Revolucion De Cuba shall be one glamourous affair including drinks packages and VIP booth’s perfect for a group of winners looking to celebrate a good turn out on Grand National weekend.
Special nights will be taking place all weekend starting Thursday 12th.
Garlands Life is a Cabaret
Back and larger than life Garlands Life is a Cabaret is ideal for a post ladies day races celebration.
Bring your finest races glam to the table as the ladies at Garlands will no doubt outshine all your efforts.
Watch divas take to the stage to entertain and amaze in one of Liverpool’s oldest established nightclubs.
Signature Living packages
So for those of you who are travelling to Liverpool when Grand National weekend is on stay at Signature Living for the Ultimate Races Packages.
There are accommodation offers including drinks meals and transport available and their hotels are in the centre of the city near to all the best nightlife venues.
Camp and Furnace Race Day
If you’ve been lucky enough to spend a day at Aintree why not join loads of others who haven’t but instead spent Grand National in the Camp and Furnace.
There’ll be dancing and live music a best-dressed competition and plenty of Liverpool Gin and fizzy to celebrate Grand National Weekend.
The Camp and Furnace Race Day will run from 12:00 pm – 07:00 am on Grand National Day only.
For an amazing weekend full of fun and a one of a kind experience of Liverpool book tickets to Grand National weekend and become a part of horse racing history.