How to get there: Aintree racecourse (051-523 2600): First race 1.45pm, Grand National 3.50pm, last race 5.15. Train: Mersey Rail from Liverpool Central (short distance from Lime Street station) to Aintree (journey time 12 minutes). Station is opposite course. Road: The course is north-east of the city, one mile on A59 from the M57 (which links with M62) and M58 (M6). Admission: Aintree Roof pounds 60; County Stand Roof pounds 55, reserved seats sold out; Queen Mother Stand Roof pounds 55, reserved seats sold out; Glenlivet Stand pounds 40; County Enclosure pounds 29; 'Welcome Retreat' pounds 15; Paddock Enclosure pounds 16 (Child pounds 4); Central Enclosure pounds 9 (Child pounds 2); Western Enclosure pounds 8 (Child pounds 2); Steeplechase Enclosure pounds 5 (Child pounds 2).
The Martell Grand National, is the highlight of the Aintree meeting. Run over 41 2 miles, a combination of 30 fences and a large field make this race the world's greatest steeplechase. For atmosphere, Aintree's natural amphitheatre, the embankment in the Steeplechase Enclosure, affords close views of Becher's Brook, the Canal Turn and Valentines. Similarly, the Central enclosure, with its views of The Chair fence, the water jump and the finish, also offers great value.