Liverpool is the
home of the most famous steeplechase in the world, The
Grand National. But you can be one of the lucky 60,000
to watch the action direct from its home at Aintree
[map] ... if you get tickets of course.
If you don’t manage to make it to the big one, why
not pay a visit to the famous Aintree Racecourse anyway
to watch other meetings or even take the Grand
National Experience at the visitors centre. Here
you can discover how the idea of the National was born,
thanks to Liverpool hotelier William Lynn and Captain Becher.
You can also get the inside story on what jockeys wear
under their colours, the famous characters that have added
splendour to the race, and historic events which once
led to the race being marked as suitable only for scoundrels.
Among the interactive delights featured are the Race
of Champions, a specially simulated Grand National
race that you can bet on, and the Weighing Room,
where you can sit in the jockeys’ weigh-in chair.
Once you’ve sampled life at the famous Aintree Racecourse
why not visit one of the other splendid courses located
close to Liverpool.
Chester Racecourse [map],
known as The Roodee, is the oldest in the country and
is overlooked by Chester’s historic walls. Horse
racing here dates back to the 16th century and the highlight
of the year is the three-day meeting in early May.
If you’re using public transport to get about, then
there is a frequent Merseyrail service to Chester from
Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central station.
With dozens of meetings each year, Haydock Park [map] is another racecourse well worth a visit for avid fans.
It is situated just four miles from the M62, and less
than one mile from junction 23 of the M6, making it just
perfect for long-distance drivers to find.
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