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Opening Day

Thursday 3 April 2025

Opening Day

In an iconic city where the eyes of the world watch horses create history, trainers in tears and riders become stars, heroes and legends.

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Racing at the Randox Grand National. There’s nothing else like it. What lies at its heart is what’s captured the nation’s imagination for generations – that unparalleled blend of heroic effort and raw excitement. For the finest horse racing and an even finer atmosphere, join us for Opening Day at the Randox Grand National in 2025.

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Festival Zone

Enjoy access to watch world class racing, enjoy fantastic live music and entertainment, plenty of food and drink, and the opportunity to see horses around the Aintree Parade Ring.

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West Tip Seats

Located alongside the home-straight and close to the final fences on the Course, this facility offers a reserved, covered seat, private bar and toilets, as well as access to the facilities in Festival Zone including the Irish Bar with betting facilities and big screens.

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Earl of Derby Terrace

Enjoy an outdoor terrace area next to the horsewalk and get up close to the racing on the Course. Plus, you'll have viewing access of the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure.

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Plan Your Day

Event Schedule

View the races and timings for the Randox Grand National.

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Plan your day

Plan your day at the Randox Grand National.

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Enclosures & Stands

View the enclosures and stands at the Grand National.

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Other days of the festival

Grand National FAQs

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.

Please check the event schedule for the most up to date timings.


We would advise spectators arrive at Aintree Racecourse 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.

Car parking must be booked in advance, you can book online by clicking the day you're attending below:


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

There’s no official dress code at The Grand National. We encourage you to come dressed to feel your best! 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 looks”

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