Travel Guide To The Grand National

Travel Guide To The Grand National

This week, horse racing fans from throughout the UK and Europe will descend on Aintree and Liverpool for the Grand National. Known as one of England’s most prestigious horse races, the Grand National always provides world-class competition. But its atmosphere, and the ways in which the event involves its spectators, keep it among the best sports tourism opportunities in the world.

Unfortunately it’s a little late to arrange a trip to the Grand National this year. But if you do happen to live within short distance of Aintree, or if you’re keeping tabs on this year’s event in the hopes of going in the future, here’s our quick guide to enjoying the races.

Plan Your Outfits In Advance

It may come as a surprise if you’re not one for horse racing in general, but fashion is a major part of live spectatorship. Speaking in general terms, men and women alike tend to use prestigious races as chances to dress up in stylish and flashy attire. For women, this means oversized hats, bright dresses, and attention-grabbing accessories. For men, it means tailored suits with bold complements, such as pocket squares or stylish hats. It’s primarily geared toward women, but The Telegraph’s photo recap of last year’s event does a good job of showing just how much fun spectators have with fashion.

Place Your Bets

Unlike most spectator sports, in which betting is an option, at major horse races betting is almost part of the game. An incredible number of live spectators and worldwide viewers will be placing bets on the outcomes of races—some in a legitimate attempt to make money, and some simply to be involved.

But another reason to bet on the races is simply to educate yourself on the horses and trainers competing. Betfair’s section on the Grand National 2015, a high volume page for horse race betting, provides as much in the way of competitor analysis as it does in actual race odds.

Even top trainers like Paul Nicholls write in occasionally with their thoughts or predictions on the races. Reading through content like this while placing bets is a great way to prepare yourself for the races, particularly if you don’t regularly follow horse racing.

Make Time For Liverpool

The Grand National is a three-day sporting event, and while the races and the spectacles at the tracks certainly don’t get old in that short time, it can be nice to spend an afternoon away from the tracks if you’re not a diehard horse racing enthusiast. For this reason, it’s wise to look into Liverpool attractions when visiting Aintree.

Liverpool is only a short distance away from the tracks, and while it’s not often mentioned among the UK’s top urban travel destinations, it’s a nice place to recharge after a day at the races. Planet Ware has a handy list of Liverpool’s top attractions, and we’d emphasize interesting indoor options like the Beatles experience or the maritime museum.

Really, that’s about all you’ll need! If you’ve planned your race track outfits, educated yourself on the competition, and planned for some additional recreation away from Aintree, all that’s left is to enjoy the event. Once at the Grand National, you’ll find an enthusiastic crowd of fun-loving spectators, top-notch horses and trainers, and all of the pleasant food and drink venues located at the racecourse. It’s a very easy occasion to have fun with