Regarded as one of the racing world’s most exciting horse events, the Grand National offers three days’ worth of competitive bliss. With an electric atmosphere, a superb venue, and a riveting final race like no other, a visit to Aintree racecourse guarantees a memorable day.
Held annually in April, this iconic steeplechase has enthralled spectators, from across the globe, since its humble beginnings in 1839.
As popular today as ever before, the event promises a fun-filled spectacle for all, attracting both seasoned punters, and carefree novices.
What exactly can you expect to discover from a trip to the Grand National?
The Grand National is not just about Saturday’s main race. In fact, the event runs across three days: Opening Thursday, Ladies Day and Grand National Day. So, visitors’ intent on getting the most out of the experience may consider attending on multiple days.
Tickets range from the basic standing options to seats in the stands, and VIP platinum lounges. Hospitality packages are also available for those seeking to accompany their viewing pleasure with dining and entertainment.
Tickets do sell out pretty fast, so make sure to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Dress to Impress
Aside from prohibiting sports clothes and fancy costumes, there is no official dress code, although spectators do tend to dress elegantly for the occasion.
The stands are generally awash with style and colour, which adds to the overall atmosphere. Hats, of course, go hand in hand with racing and offer welcome shade during particularly hot race days.
Backing a Winner
The most probable reason why the Grand National is so famous is that anyone can back a winner. The main steeplechase covers a difficult four-mile course with 30 fences, meaning that anything can happen, and form books are generally useless.
Lucky punters who tipped Mon Mome at 100-1 can testify to that, with the French winner punishing the bookies, and delighting the crowds, in 2009.