Aintree racecourse

The home of the most famous steeplechase in the world, the John Smith's Grand National, it is seven miles from the centre of Liverpool and is located on the A59, just one mile from the M57 and M58. The National course is nearly two and a quarter miles round while the Mildmay course is about one and a half miles.

The course was opened in 1829, but steeplechasing did not start until 1839 and the National itself was first run 10 years later. The track's future had been in doubt in the 1970s and early 1980s until a deal was struck.

Address: Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS
Tel: 0151 523 2600
Admission: General advance tickets £16; on the day: £19
Road: Course is located on the A59, one mile from the M57 and M58. Follow A59 to Liverpool.
Rail: Nearest station is Aintree. Services every 15 minutes on racedays from Liverpool Lime Street.
Car park: A free Park and Ride scheme is operational for the John Smith's Grand National meeting from Brookfield School in Kirkby (signposted off J6, M57 motorway). A complimentary coach service will transfer racegoers to the racecourse and will return at the end of racing.
Jumps: The Grand National Course is 2 1/4m in circumference and virtually triangular in shape. Inside this is the easier Mildmay course, a circuit of 1 1/2m.