Enhance your Grand National experience by taking a tour of the iconic fences prior to racing!
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 first buggy tour will begin at 11.00am on Grand Opening Day, 10.30am on Ladies’ Day and 10.00am on Grand National Day , with the last tour running no later than 12.45pm, as all customers need be on the grandstand side of the course by 1.20pm, ahead of racing.
Where do I pick up a minibus tour?
The start point for the tour is 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 Melling Road, via the internal shuttle bus, you will pass the start point on your way to the grandstands.
What happens on the minibus tour?
Please make your way to the start point where you will be welcomed by one of our friendly Racemakers. You will need to register to take the Course Tour and in return, you will be given an enamel souvenir badge. You will then be assigned your ticket and time-slot for the tour. The minibus will only leave when it is full. If a minibus is not available when you arrive, you will be advised of the waiting times by the Racemaker.
Once on the minibus, you will be driven around the tour with your Racemaker who will give you a few facts along the way. You will be driving slowly past the main fences so you can see them; however you will not be allowed to alight from the minibus during the tour.
Please note that this is not a full, historical guided tour but more of an opportunity to see the fences prior to racing. Due to the size and scale of the Festival, we cannot offer personal guided tours during the event.
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 minibus.
In the event of severe wind and rain, the minibus tours may be cancelled at short notice. However they will continue to run if there is light rain, as long as the driving conditions are reasonable. It is advisable to bring a coat or jacket with you.
Read more at https://www.randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk/festival-overview/course-tour/#PQxBer6iAZlZ42bt.99
Who is the minibus tour suitable for?
This is suitable for all customers who can make their way to the start point in the centre of the Course. You will not alight from the minibus 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 Jockey Club App, available on both Apple and Android devices. If you register with us at the start point, you will still receive an enamel course tour souvenir badge.
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