- 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.
Gates opening times for the 2020 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.
Please note that these times are subject to change.
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.
Don’t miss the opportunity to walk the Grand National
course, available on all three days of the festival.
Our minibus tour around the Grand National course is available only on Grand National Day from 10am - 1pm.
*Full tour not available to Steeplechase ticket holders
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.
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.
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.
Please note portable seating is not permitted.
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.
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.
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, +44 151 709 8111 from overseas.
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.
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.