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A GUIDE TO AINTREE & THE GRAND NATIONAL
Hosting one of the biggest jump races in the world, Aintree Racecourse will welcome in excess of 152,000 spectators during the three-day Grand National Festival in 2024. And all of those racegoers will need tickets!
Essentially there are three Grand National Day options: Ticket only, Hospitality Packages and Private Boxes, so depending on your budget, there's quite a range to choose from.
Here's a guide to what you can expect on Grand National Day, the third day of the festival.
For £45, you can enjoy prime viewing of the first fences of the Grand National Course. This ticket includes bars, catering facilities, big screen viewing, live entertainment, and betting facilities. However, there is no access to the main course with this ticket.
Starting at £85 for adults and £42.50 for children, the Festival Zone provides an all-around experience. It offers access to world-class racing, live music, entertainment, and a variety of food and drink options. You'll also have the chance to see the horses in the Aintree Parade Ring.
West Tip Seats
Priced at £110 for adults, the West Tip Seats are located near the home-straight and final fences on the course. These seats come with a private bar, toilets, and access to the Festival Zone, including the Irish Bar with betting facilities and big screens.
Earl of Derby and Lord Sefton Terraces
These terraces offer views over the Parade Ring, Winners' Enclosure, and the Course. Tickets are in high demand and are priced at £125.
For £150, the Garden Club offers a private first-floor bar with views of the parade ring and a private balcony. It also includes live entertainment, betting facilities, and big screen viewing.
If you're looking to indulge, private boxes at Aintree offer the ultimate luxury experience. Witness the drama unfold and history being made as the heroes cross the Winning Post.
Priced at £390, this package allows you to be at the heart of the action with large flat-screen TVs and an outdoor terrace.
Many Clouds Package
For a lively and contemporary experience, the Many Clouds package is priced at £610 and offers a perfect setting to appreciate world-class racing and entertainment.
It's worth noting that buying tickets online in advance will secure you the best price. Tickets for Aintree sell out fast, be sure to book early.
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GRAND NATIONAL 2024
The 2024 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 13th at 5.15pm. The Randox Health sponsored race is run over 4 miles 514 yards with 30 jumps over two circuits of the course.
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AINTREE COURSE GUIDE
From Start to Finish: The Complete Aintree Course Guide
Aintree has been the home of the Grand National since its first running in 1839, and although a version of the race took place in years before this, 1839 is the accepted date of the official commencement of The Grand National.
Since those early days, the course and fences have undergone many changes. Most recently, the wooden stakes at the core of the fences have been replaced with flexible plastic to reduce the risk of horses and jockeys getting injured. The starting line has also moved further away from the main stand as this helps the horses remain calmer in the moments before the off.
These changes haven’t affected the essence of the race, which still remains one of the toughest tests for horses and riders in the world. Forty horses line up at the starting tape, and around 60% of the entrants will not complete the race, which is four and a half miles long and has 30 fences to jump.
Aintree is the home of the Grand National, and apart from a couple of years during the First World War, the race has always taken place at the course, which is located just five miles from the centre of Liverpool.
The good news is that it is well served by public transport and a train station, the course is modern and offers a wide range of facilities. The Grand National is just one of many race meetings that take place during the National Hunt season, although not all meetings and races are run over the National course.
Getting to Aintree is very easy from all parts of the United Kingdom. Liverpool has excellent rail links and motorway access and is served by John Lennon Airport. Queues on the day of the Grand National can build up on the roads surrounding the course, but this is to be expected for such a popular sporting occasion. Around 70,000 racing fans will watch the race live, making it one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar.
The Grand National course is 4 miles and 4 furlongs long. The horses encounter 16 different fences with varying degrees of height and width. Runners and riders must navigate two circuits of the course (missing out on fences 15 & 16 on the second circuit) before turning for the home straight, which is the longest run-in of any UK racecourse.
WHERE TO BUY GRAND NATIONAL TICKETS?
RacingBreaks.com offers a variety of experiences for the Grand National, scheduled for Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th April 2024. As Europe's largest racing travel company, they provide a comprehensive package including tickets, hotel accommodation, and return transfers to the racecourse.
Payment and Booking
- You can secure your booking with a low initial deposit of £25 per person.
- A further deposit of £75 per person is due two months after your initial booking.
- The final balance is due by 31st January 2024.
- Festival Zone: Included as standard, this pass gives you access to world-class racing, live music, and the Aintree Parade Ring.
- Lord Sefton Terrace: Upgrade available. Provides great views and access to multiple areas including the Red Rum Garden.
- Princess Royal Roof: Offers the best views of the action and access to a dedicated bar.
- Lord Sefton Seated: A dedicated outdoor seat close to the course.
- Papillon Restaurant: £485 per person. Includes a champagne reception, a four-course à la carte lunch, and afternoon tea.
- Sunloch Package: £470 per person. Offers a vibrant atmosphere and a four-course meal.
- McCoys: £195 per person. Situated in the heart of the racecourse, it provides magnificent views of the course.
- Central Liverpool: One-night bed & breakfast accommodation at the Leonardo Hotel Liverpool, with prices starting from £189 per person.
- Chester Experience: Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester, with prices starting from £149 per person.
- Transfers to and from the racecourse are included in most packages.
- There is no official dress code, but smart attire is preferable.
For more details and to book your experience, you can visit their official website.
Few races can claim to have famous fences, maybe with the exception of the infamous ‘Taxis’ fence in the Velká Pardubická, no other race can rival the Grand National for fearsome jumps.
Of the 16 fences which make up the National course six of the jumps have become famous in their own right. Becher’s Brook, Valentines’ Brook, The Chair, Canal Turn and Foinavon are names which are known throughout the world. These fences are woven into the very fabric of the Grand National race.