The Grand National is one of the most popular sporting events in the UK. Every year people gather to watch the biggest race of the year and will get swept up in the excitement. It attracts the most skilled jockeys and the best horses as they compete for the largest jump race prize in Europe.

Lots of people will be content to watch it on the TV but nothing beats being there in person. You can experience the passion, the exhilaration, the tension, the falls, the underdog stories, the heart-in-mouth last moments before the race is won and celebrate with hundreds of other spectators. A trip to the Grand National can be a fun day out for the family, so here’s some things you should know.


The 2016 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse as usual. Aintree is a town close to Liverpool and the track can be easily accessed with nearby Aintree Railway Station. Trains are regular from and to Ormskirk and Liverpool. On race day there will be extra services and carriages, making it the easiest way to get to the track. The station is just outside the racecourse so it easy to get there and back again. You can find more info and exact times and services at: National Rail.

If you are planning on staying over in Aintree before or after the race, there are plenty of hotels you can stay with your family. The most local is the Premier Inn, which is only 0.3 miles from the Track and so is a short walk there and back. Details can be found at their website. There are many more hotels the further you go within just a few miles. There are different types of hotels and at various price ranges, so you’re sure to find something right for your family.

The Grand National will be for many people the only time they will place a bet for the whole year. Just a few pounds on the outcome of the race can make things much more exciting, so if the adults in your party want to make bet, sign up here with Coral and place your bet.


The Grand National isn’t the only thing you can do on your trip as there are many other places to visit and events going on. Ladies Day is a long transition held the day before the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. Women will travel across the UK to show of their style and while other horse races occur. There are many packages available. Liverpool city centre is just a short train, bus or drive away and there you can enjoy many of the county’s best museums, theatres, shops and more. Goodison Park and Anfield Stadium are just two and three miles from Aintree receptively, so you could visits for a tour, the museums or for a game. Aintree is close to many amenities for the whole family, so the Grand National can just be the beginning of a fantastic family weekend.