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“An experience but not a pleasant one”
Review of Aintree Racecourse

Aintree Racecourse
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Aintree
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There's nowhere quite like Aintree Racecourse, home of the world famous Randox Health Grand National. Steeped in history, drama, triumph and achievement, it is simply unique. The racecourse also hosts 5 racedays, outside the Randox Health National Festival, as well as conference and event for up to 3000 delegates.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 April 2014

It has always been a life’s ambition of mine to attend the Grand National but never again! We did have a couple of winners but the crowds were horrendous and whole day a huge let down.

We had tickets for the Tattersall’s enclosure but it was unclear and quite stressful, knowing/not knowing what marquees and stands we could enter with our ticket. The chance of seeing any live racing was very limited – the outdoor, un-covered viewing mound was “packed to the rafters” and full of umbrellas when it rained. The only way to see a race was on huge, out-of-proportion screens.

We had to stand most of the day due to lack of seating. We got to see the paddock ring in the morning but once the racing started it was virtually impossible to return. The cost of food was truly extortionate - £8 for a small fish and chips. The range of drinks was very limited – unless you liked Crabbies or Carling and although there were many signs saying, “drink responsibly”, the whole emphasis of the event seemed to be to sell as much alcohol as possible and to encourage people to get as drunk as possible. They stress to drink plenty of water but roving alcohol sellers made it easy to top up beers and lagers without queuing at the bars.

The bins were overflowing and letter everywhere - it was a very unpleasant experience walking through mounds of rubbish and plastic glasses. There were long queues for the toilets and inside, the toilets were disgusting.

Maybe we were a bit naive regarding attending such a world famous event and I’m pleased I went once but never again.

5  Thank Geoff B
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Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Myself and family made are annual visit to the grand national meeting.we note yet again the price of pint of larger has increased beyond the average working class person £4-60 per pint we think this legal theft. Come on aintree get a grip. Now the racing is above average top jockeys trainers and horses all competing for top prize money nil complaints on that one. The course has come a long way in a short space of time just sort the prices out this includes admission prices.

Thank tellbert
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

A brilliant day, fantastic atmosphere, good value for money. Good seats in the steeplechase stand. A very well organised event, plenty of people to point you in the right direction, can't wait to go again, it's a shame it's not more than once a year! The only down point is you can't take in your own picnic a bit mean especially for people with children the food was the usual for events like this, burger chips hot dogs sandwiches etc quite expensive!!

Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

First and last time at the national, sore feet and legs, overcrowded, lots of queues, expensive, £4.70 a pint, more for a wine, a lot of effort and expense for little enjoyment, not for me as you can guess, I would point out that 22 of us went and 19 of the group won't go again. Very little seating and cover from the rain. Don't go.

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

One over rated course, although we only paid £21 I did expect better facilities , after the banking path up to the bar maquette , ok it was huge but only one way in !! If you went out side you was then made to walk all the way back to the one entrance , join the queue again which was long believe me! Best tip get in there hold ya bladder for several hours forget the track side totes, and fresh air , use the inside tote and get lower odds !!

Thank karen200763
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