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Aintree - Home of The Grand National

The Grand National Experience

Gain an insight into the home of the World's greatest steeplechase - The Grand National - with a tour around the Aintree visitor centre.

600 million viewers worldwide tune in to watch the most famous steeplechase in the world, The Grand National. The results are unpredictable; anything can happen and almost always does, with over £100 million being placed in bets in the UK alone on Grand National day itself. The stories of Aintree winners, Red Rum, Ginger McCain, Jenny Pitman, are immortalised in history. The Grand National Experience will unfold the tale of how the idea of the National was conceived by a Liverpool hotelier, William Lynn and Captain Becher and how it was run for many years by a gaiety girl, Mrs Topham.

The dominating feature of the Visitor Centre is the racecourse. This enormous green expanse fills the windows with a view full of expectation. The experience is unique. To see the story unfold before your eyes, visit Aintree for a truly memorable day.

Highlights include:

  • A tour of Aintree’s Weighing Room
    Sit in the jockey's Weighing-in chair and walk around the dressing room.
  • A visit to the famous Winner’s Enclosure
    Experience what it's like to be an Aintree winner by taking your place in the Winner's Enclosure.
  • The art of the Grand National
    A unique collection of paintings and photography depicting the awesome event.
  • A trip to the stables
    Visit the famous Aintree stable yard and see where previous Grand National winners have been stabled. Many famous wins have placards above the doors, including Red Rum.
  • Red Rum’s statue and grave
    Visit Red Rum's resting place, located at the finishing post of the World famous Grand National course.

To plan your visit, and to find out admission prices, please call Angie Hurrell or Elaine Davis on 0151 523 2600 or email us.

All tour reservations must be made in advance. Groups of 14 plus only. If there are not that many people in your party, then please call to see if it can be arranged for you to join in on a previously booked group tour.

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