Preparing for The Grand National

When we think of the great British outdoors we immediately think of hiking, cycling, even climbing, but hardly ever do we associate horse racing with this form of activity, and yet races such as The Grand National are among the biggest outdoor events in the sporting calendar. Why is that you ask? It’s because it has drama, action, sumptuous displays of fashion, and some of the best nail biting competition you can find.

A lot of preparation is needed when visiting the infamous Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, and to make sure you’ve got everything covered we’re going to take a look at some of your travel and know-how necessities…

Odds and Tips

Understanding who is taking part, and who is rated as favourite to win is one of the best ways to get the most out of this nationwide affair; Grand National tips and advice can help you indulge in the betting fun without huge risk to your wallet. Coral Sport have already started looking into who is in prime position to qualify this year, with some focus held on Kruzhlinin who has recently moved to jockey Philip Hobbs. Having had success at the start of this year, many are eager to see whether this stayer will have a revival at the Grand National; the results certainly seem to indicate that, but are they your tip for the National?


Now you have a fairly good idea of who you’re backing, it’s time to figure out where you intend to stay. There are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses scattered throughout Liverpool, with several closely situated to the racecourse for added convenience. If you’re struggling to decide where to go, you have one of three options: you can browse the selection of hotels on the official Crabbie’s Grand National website, you can use branded booking agents, or you can look at local search engines. The niche selection provided on the official website have a few offers available, but most are book in advance packages, or special day offers that don’t include staying over. The majority of sites that do provide day tickets and hotel bookings have sold out, however some still remain. Though the price reflects the high demand surrounding them.


Should you be in favour of attending but not for paying for a hotel, don’t worry as there are plenty of ways to get to and from Aintree Racecourse. If you’re a driver you have the opportunity to take advantage of the multiple routes to and from Liverpool, with the M6 and M62 linking you with relative ease. However, you’re in luck if you want to leave the car at home or you can’t drive as the racecourse has its very own train station that connects to Liverpool Lime Street Station. Even if you should be making the trip from overseas, you have two international airports approximately an hours drive away, and a handy taxi rank at the festival.

And there you have it, your quick and easy prep kit to the upcoming Grand National, and best of all? You have a couple of months to fine tune your plans so you can enjoy The Grand National your way.