Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool is the home of the Grand National Steeplechase.

Aintree is a beautiful premier racecourse and is of the park type course. It is a flat course with no undulations.
Aintree racecourse has two race tracks one is The National course and the other is the Mildmay course. Both of these courses use the run-in in front of the stands.
The Mildmay course is used for most of the racing and is also split into the chase and hurdle courses.

The National course is where The Grand National is run and it has 16 unique fences with the biggest fence being The Chair Fence and the smallest being Valentines Brook fence.

Typical_Grand_National_Fence Bechers_Brook The_Chair_Fence

There are a variety of fence types and Bechers Brook is the most famous on the racecourse and possibly the most famous fence in the world.
The fence is named after Captain Becher who riding Conrad fell at this fence in the 1839 race (The first official race) and the fence has held that name since. Bechers Brook is a drop fence and this is because the landing side of the fence is lower than the take off side and this means a horse has to be well balanced and agile to jump this fence well.
On the landing side is the famous brook, which until recently had been filled in due to horse falling in the brook and having trouble getting out again because of the slope. The slope has been reduced now and the brook now, although it has water is only a token brook. The biggest fence on the ocours is The Chair fence and this is the opposite landing to Becher's in that the landing side is higher than the take off side and this can catch horses out as much as the size of the fence.

Another unique fence is The Canal Turn where horses after jumping the fence have to take a 90 degree turn to the left. This fence is at the bottom far end of the course near the canal that runs past the course.

The National course has had many alterations over the years with some fences modified and some removed. When the race was first run there were hurdles in the race and also a brick wall had to be jumped, but the biggest change to this racecourse has been for the attendees at Aintree.


Recently the stands have been changed and the addition of a new complex called the Lord Sefton stand and the Earl of Derby stand being the two most impressive additions.

The parade ring has been moved and improved and so have the saddling boxes.

Old_Winners_Enclosure New_Winners_Enclosure New_Saddling_Boxes

The famous winners enclosure has now also been moved and this is now part of the parade ring which is the layout many racecourse choose. However the old winners enclosure is still used and is now a bar.

Viewing on the course is good for most races but for races run on the national course it is impossible to seen the bottom end of the course as it is quite a distance from the stands but all meetings now carry large screens to relay the race.

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Modern facilities and good organization means that Aintree racecourse is a pleasure to visit on any race day including The Grand National meeting which is very busy on the day.
There are numerous bars and places to eat on the course and a very large marquee also supports the refreshment and entertainment enclosures on big race days.

Contact Information


The Aintree Racecourse Company Ltd.Ormskirk Rd Aintree Liverpool L9 5AS
Tel Number 0151 522 2902 Booking Line 0151 522 2929

Near Airports

Liverpool Airport ( Half an Hour Drive away ) Tel 01514868877
Manchester Airport ( 45 Mins Drive ) Tel 0161 489 3000

Rail Information   

Liverpool Lime Street Tel (BR) 08457 48 49 50


From the North Leave M6 Junction 21a and Join m62 West,
At Junction 26 Join M58 ( there are signs from then on into the course )
From the North Leave M6 at Junction 26 and Join M58 and follow signs to course.


Official on course parking MUST be booked well in advance but there are many car parks and local schools etc. who offer parking locally. Aintree also offers a park and ride system.

Opening times   

The course is generally open from 11.30 am on most race days but is open from 7.30 am on National Day.

Other Information

No dogs are allowed on the racecourse on race days.
Photography is allowed but flashes must NOT be used.

Please note although this information is given in good faith inevitably mistakes may creep in from time to time therefore please confirm any important details with Aintree before relying on any of this information before.

For more detailed information on The Grand National go to The Grand National

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