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Access Requirements

Bookings can be taken now. 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 Randox Health Grand National Festival 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 [0]151 709 8111 from overseas.

Car parking

There is will be no parking available on the day. All parking passes must be purchased in advance, vehicles will not be permitted access without a valid entry.

To purchase a parking pass please call 0344 579 3001.

Car parks will open at 6am each day but you will not be able to access the racecourse until gates open.

Public Transport

Buses, taxis, private hire and trains all operate to Aintree and special arrangements have been made for them. Please contact the racecourse for more information on these services.

Course walking

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. Give yourself plenty of time and everyone needs to be off the racecourse 1 hour prior to the 1st race. N.B. Full walk not available to Steeplechase ticket holders.

Our course tour will also be available on all three days. For more info, click here.


Aintree Racecourse is located on the A59, just one mile from the M57 and M58, which link the M62 and M6. For more info visit our directions page.


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 parking areas.

Opening times

Gates opening times for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival are as below:

Grand National Thursday: 11am

Ladies Day: 10.30am

Grand National Day: 10am

Get to Aintree early to make the most of your day and also to allow for racecourse security procedures.

Race times

Race times for The Randox Health Grand National Festival 2018 can be found here

When is the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Steeplechase run?

It is run on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 5.15pm.

The Going

Please click here to view the latest Going Reports at Aintree.

Dress code

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 festival, 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 dresses are not permitted for the Grand National meeting. For more information, click here.


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.


A full list of entertainment can be found here.

Children Tickets

Children require a ticket for entry to the racecourse.  Child tickets can be obtained upon the purchase of a full paid adult ticket by calling 0344 579 3001 and quoting your order number (no further booking fees are applied). Child tickets are capped to a maximum of 200 for each day.

Please note: children’s admissions will be restricted to 2 per adult ticket sold.

Group Discounts

Early bird Group discounts were available for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival. This has now ended.


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.

For further information or to discuss your individual requirement please do not hesitate to contact one of our coordinators on 0151 522 2911.


All racegoers at the Randox Health Grand National Festival will be able to access our free WiFi. Simply select ‘Free Jockey Club WiFi’ in your settings and follow the directions on the screen.

Download The App

Our Race On app, here to help you get the most from your Festival day, provides:

    • Your tickets, conveniently on your mobile
    • Runners and riders plus latest live odds, in your own digital race card
    • Latest news and results on the day, live
    • A chance for priority access and on the day upgrades
    • ‘Race Day 5 Game’, play to compete with other racegoers
    • Enter our ‘Golden Moments’ to win money can’t buy prizes
    • Share tickets with family and friends – just follow instructions on the app.

Bags & Security

Customers are being advised not to bring a bag larger than a small handbag (30cm x 10cm x 20cm) with them or they will have to leave it in a bag drop zone. All bags will be searched and items larger than the size criteria must be left at one of the bag drop facilities, which are located outside the racecourse. Bringing a bag will further delay your entry to the racecourse and we therefore encourage you not to bring any bags or prohibited items to the racecourse.

What’s new for 2019?

Grand National 2019

The dates for 2019 are as follows:

Grand National Thursday: 4 April 2019

Ladies Day: 5 April 2019

Grand National Day: 6 April 2019