When & What Time Is The Grand National?

When is the race? Where is it? What time does the Grand National start?

Everything you need to know

The Grand National at Aintree is the most popular and prestigious event in the racing calendar. There are 21 races, with the main four-and-a-half-mile race featuring 40 runners and 30 challenging fences. Over 150,000 racing fans are expected to be in attendance across three days for this spectacular event.

Find answers to the important questions below:


When is the Grand National 2018?

The main Grand National race will be on Saturday 14th April 2018. Running over four days, the Grand National Festival kicks off on Thursday 12th April 2018. The first event is the Grand Opening Day, followed by the celebrated Ladies Day on Friday 13th April 2018.


What time is the Grand National 2018?

The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase start time is 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April 2018. As the most famous event of the festival, 40 runners will take their position at the starting gate in front of over 150,000 fans, as 600 million people watch live on television.


Where is the Grand National?

As it has been since 1839, The Grand National Festival will be held at the Aintree Racecourse. Situated in Merseyside, Aintree Racecourse is approximately six miles from Liverpool city centre, in the North West of England.  


Can I still buy tickets?

As the Grand National is the biggest racing event in the calendar, tickets sell out fast! You can find information on current ticket and hospitality availability for all days of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival here.


Grand National Facts

  • The prize fund for last year was a whopping £1 million.
  • The most successful horse in Grand National history is Red Rum, winning the main race three times.
  • The youngest ever winner at the Grand National is Bruce Hobbs, who was only 17-years-old.
  • Bob Champion, a jockey who had cancer, recovered from his illness and went on to win the race – inspiring a movie about him called Champions.


Don’t miss out on this fantastic festival where all are welcome – whether you’re an avid racing fan or just looking for a great day out!

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