Hotels near Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

Aintree Racecourse

Aintree Racecourse is famous around the world as the home of the annual Grand National, the world’s best-known and possibly most difficult steeplechase. But although it’s been open since the early 19th century, it’s very much a 21st-century venue with plenty to offer alongside the races.

Hotels near Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National was first run at Aintree in 1839, although the racecourse had been open for ten years before then, and has been held there every year since except during the two world wars. It is Europe’s most lucrative jump race, with a prize fund nowadays of almost £1 million, and is watched by an estimated 500 to 600 million people across the globe.

Almost four-and-a-half miles long, the course features 30 jumps and has been described as “the ultimate test of horse and rider”. Several of its fences, including Becher’s Brook and The Chair, where a jockey died in 1862, have become famous in their own right for their toughness. The record for the most victories is held by the horse Red Rum, who won three times in the 1970s.

The Grand National is a three-day event, featuring live music performances, the best-dressed competition on Ladies’ Day and a number of smaller races before the main event on the third day. Aintree also hosts several other race days each year, plus other events such as concerts and family fun days.

Horse racing isn’t the only sport that takes place at Aintree: the British Grand Prix was held here five times in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as 11 non-championship Formula One races, and part of the track is still used for track days, motorcycle racing and car sprints. Also popular is its nine-hole golf course (one of the longest in the UK) and 30-bay driving range, designed by PGA professional Michael Slater; the course includes a replica Grand National fence and at one point golfers play over Becher’s Brook.

Aintree also has a 3,700m2 exhibition arena, a visitor centre open from May to October and several restaurants; as a concert venue, it has hosted performances by Michael Jackson, McFly, Pink, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Chemical Brothers. You can even get married here – the venue will hold up to 200 guests.

We offer a number of hotels near Aintree Racecourse, and the venue itself is very easy to get to – it’s on the A59, just off the M57 or the M58, or you can catch a train to Aintree station, a very short walk away.

Around and about

Aintree village, which is about 6.5 miles north of Liverpool city centre, has a retail park with more than a dozen stores and a soft play centre, both on the same road as the racecourse and within easy walking distance. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through the centre of the village. Trains to Liverpool Central station run every 15 minutes; in the city centre you’ll find endless shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries and other attractions, from the Beatles Story exhibition and Tate Liverpool to Liverpool Cathedral and cruises along the River Mersey.

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