John Smith's Grand National Frequently Asked Questions
2013 John Smith's Grand National dates
The 2013 John Smith's Grand National will return to Aintree on Thursday 4th April to Saturday 6th April 2013.
The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) Key messages and statistics
The BHA have launched a campaign called ‘The Horse Comes First’. Here are the key messages and statistics. Click Here
The John Smith's Grand National changes 2013
Aintree racecourse are consistently working on improvements to the racecourse, particularly as it effects the horses and jockeys, here are the changes for 2013.
Bookings can be taken from August 2012. When making your booking, please inform our sales advisors of any access requirements you have so that we can advise you on the best enclosure choice, or view our access requirements page.
No visit to the John Smith’s Grand National is complete without a stay in this vibrant region. The Tourist Board for the Liverpool City Region offer a free accommodation search and booking service to assist you in planning your stay. Go to visitliverpool.com or call 0844 8700 123 UK, +44 151 709 8111 from overseas.
There is limited car parking for a fee at the racecourse. The easiest way of reaching Aintree is by rail, with Aintree Station directly opposite the racecourse. Limited on-course parking is available for the Grand National meeting and costs from £13 for Steeplechase parking, with the nearest car park. This can be booked from August 2011 by calling our Booking Line on 0844 579 3001.
Other than Steeplechase and County Car Parking, there is no other car parking in and around Aintree Racecourse. Buses, taxis, private hire and trains all operate to Aintree and special arrangements have been made for them. Please see the sections relating to train, taxi and bus travel for more information on these services.
Please note there will be no Park and Ride service for 2013.
Don’t miss the opportunity to walk the famous course during your visit [subject to ground conditions]. See some of the famous fences and really appreciate the challenge that is the Grand National course. N.B Full walk not available to Steeplechase ticket holders.
Aintree Racecourse is located on the A59, just one mile from the M57 and M58, which link the M62 and M6.
For full details of directions and public transport, visit aintree.co.uk. For GPS systems, the venue postcode is L9 5AS, which should be used if you have label car parking.
Food and drink cannot be brought onto the racecourse and will be confiscated by security staff upon arrival. Aintree has a wide range of food and drink concessions on offer in all enclosures. Picnics can only be consumed in the Steeplechase Car Park.
Open from 10am on each day of the meeting, get to Aintree early to make the most of your day, and also to allow for racecourse security procedures.
Thursday’s and Friday’s races start at 2pm, whilst on Saturday; racing begins at the slightly earlier time of 1.45pm. The John Smith’s Grand National itself is at 4.15pm. On each day, racing concludes at around 5.30pm. See press for any late changes.
Although there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted. Aintree is a spectacle of colour for all three days of the race meeting, with many using their trip as an opportunity to showcase their favourite raceday outfits. Hats are optional too, but are frequently worn. Sports clothes and fancy dress are not permitted for the John Smith's Grand National meeting.
Limited seating is available around the racecourse. If you would prefer to be seated for most of the day, it is advisable that you purchase a seat for viewing in advance in one of our grandstands or in the West Tip Seats within the Tattersalls Enclosure.
Upgrades on your ticket may be available on the day, subject to availability, but we advise you to buy your tickets or badges in advance to avoid disappointment.