Enhance your Grand National experience by taking a tour of the iconic fences prior to racing!
Why not enhance your Grand National experience by taking a tour of the iconic fences prior to racing! Learn a little more about the history of the world's greatest race and discover what it takes to make the race happen.
NEW FOR THIS YEAR – for those who’ve always wanted to see the Course and its fences but have found the walk round a challenge, we are providing Course Tour buggy trips for anyone who would like to take one.
Please note: there is no booking system in place to encourage as many people as possible to take the tour. However, be aware that there may be queues and you may have to wait for the first available buggy and for this reason we cannot guarantee that large parties will be able to take the tour together. This is based on a first come, first served basis and we advise you to arrive early so as not to miss out.
What time is the Course Tour running?
The Course Tour will be running each day of The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, starting at 10.10am. Each tour will take approximately 30 minutes. Please note that customers will not be able to leave the buggy whilst on the tour, however photographs can still be taken whilst on route. There will be 2 x 10 seater and 2 x eight seater buggies available for the tours. Approximate running times are: 10.10am | 10.20am | 10.25am | 10.35am | 10.40am | 10.50am | 10.55am | 11.05am | 11.10am | 11.20am | 11.25am | 11.35am | 11.50am | 12noon.
The last buggy tour will run no later than 12noon as all customers need be on the grandstand side of the course by 12.30pm, ahead of racing.
Where do I pick up a buggy tour?
The starting point for the tour will be in the centre of the course. If accessing from the Grandstand side, you will see the archway located near the Princess Royal stand. If entering the course from the opposite side, via the internal shuttle bus, you will pass the starting point on your way to the grandstands.
What will happen on the buggy tour?
Please make your way to the starting point where you will be welcomed by one of our friendly Racemakers. You will need to register to take the course and in return, you will be given an enamel course tour souvenir badge. If there is a buggy available, you can take your seat ready for the tour. The buggy will not set off until each one is full. If a buggy is not available you will be advised of the waiting times by the Racemaker.
Once on the buggy, you will be driven around the tour with your Racemaker as a guide. They will talk you through some of the history and facts about the fences whilst on route. You will be driving slowly past the main fences, however you will not be allowed to alight from the buggy during the tour.
Which fences will I see on the Course Tour?
You will be driven past the majority of the fences, however the ones covered on the tour will be:
The Open Ditch – fence 3 & 19
Becher’s Brook – fence 6 & 22
Foinavon – fence 7 & 23
Canal Turn – fence 8 & 24
Valentine’s Brook – fence 9 & 25
On the route back to the starting point, you will pass The Chair (fence 15) and The Water Jump (fence 16) however due to their location, there may be a limited view from the buggy.
Who is the buggy tour suitable for?
This is suitable for all customers who can make their way to centre of the course to the starting point. You will not alight from the buggy during the tour and will be driven for the duration of it.
I would like to walk the course, can I still do that?
Yes, it’s still possible to walk the course. Make sure you download the Aintree App, available on both Apple and Android devices, by searching for ‘Aintree’ by ATS Heritage. If you register with us at the starting point, you will still receive an enamel course tour souvenir badge.
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