About Aintree Racecourse
Aintree racecourse is one place horse racing fans need no introduction to. It is one of the biggest racecourses not just in the UK, but the world over!
Aintree racecourse is located in the village of Aintree, only 9km north-east of Liverpool. It first opened its doors in 1829 and has been drawing in millions of fans from the north-west ever since!
Aintree can boast they have three courses at their racecourse. These are:
- The Grand National Course – A left-handed course of distance 2 miles 2 furlongs. It includes 16 fences, including three open ditches and a water jump!
- The Mildmay Course – A ‘nursery’ course with smaller versions of the ‘National’ fences. As a result, it has become a training ground for horses preparing for the national.
- The Hurdles’ Course – This was a flat left-handed course ran over 1 mile, 3 furlongs. Unfortunately, this course is no longer in use running its last official race in 1976.
One race at Aintree stands head and shoulders above the rest of them: the Grand National! This is the biggest race in Britain taking place each year in April. This race first ran in 1839, and has an official distance of 4 miles, 2.5 furlongs! This is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of over £1 million! This race is so famous that even non-horse-racing fans tune in for this one!
However, the Grand National isn’t the only notable race in town. Aintree hosts about a dozen other famous races during the Grand National meeting. These are a mix of chase and hurdle events with the majority of the races grade 1.
Aintree racecourse isn’t all about the racing either! If you want a day to remember you can hire private booths. There are also restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and the Liverpool nightlife to contend with. All of this combined makes Aintree Racecourse one of the top destinations for any racing fan in the UK!