Can you believe that it’s nearly that time again? That time where we put on our very best threads for a day out at Aintree. It’s the biggest, most famous and most glamorous horse race in the world. It is the Randox Health Grand National.
It’s not just the day itself that makes a trip to the Grand National so special, it’s the build-up. The excitement starts when you book your tickets, builds when you finally find your ideal fascinator and hits a peak when you sip some bubbles and tuck into a race day breakfast.
If you’re still looking for some last-minute race festival inspiration, then VisitLiverpool is here to be your guide.
Places to stay and a place to start; Champagne breakfasts and hotel rooms
The hotel devoted to the legendary LFC coach, Bill Shankly is offering luxury overnight stays and transport to the racing festival this April.
Choose from the ‘And They’re Off Package’ featuring champagne brekkie, transport to and from the race festival at Aintree (handy due to the train and taxi strikes) – three course meal after the meeting and half a bottle of wine.
The ‘Luxury Pre-Races Package’ includes a luxury suite, pre-Grand National day, delicious breakfast with bubbles and once again transport to and from Aintree included.
The Shankly is ideally located in the city centre, for anyone who wants to continue the party afterwards!
Availability is extremely limited, so book ASAP.
NYL Restaurant and Bar at Aloft Hotel – a breath-taking former bank building – if serving up bubbles for breakfast alongside a choice of continental breakfast or brunch with their Champagne Breakfast deal available 9am to noon.
If you’d prefer to skip breakfast and the racing rush, and watch the race from the comfort of the NYL Restaurant, the Racing Lunch is available from noon right up until the last race.
Watch the races on the big screen, a copy of the Racing Post ready and waiting for you and even a dedicated ‘bet maker.’
If you fancy staying pre or post Grand National…
The loft-like guest rooms come with walk in showers, bliss spa products – ideal for a pre-race pamper session the night before – and superfast WiFi, perfect for a pre-race photoshoot and upload.
Rooms are available from £189 over the three-day festival.
Fazenda in Exhange Flags is offering the full rodizio experience - if you've never experienced it, then you're missing out! - including a glass of Veuve Cliquot on arrival.
Dinner is also available as a pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan option.
It’s glam, its glitzy, it’s fun and they’re serving up champagne breakfast. On Grand Opening Day, head to the bar and restaurant on Victoria Street for Champs on arrival, choice of breakfast and unlimited tea, coffee and orange juice.
On Ladies Day and Grand National Day your transport is also sorted thanks to Sugar Hut. Once again they’ll be serving Champagne breakfast but this time they’re including coach transport to and from Aintree.
You could also save 10% on your evening meal, if you book a champagne breakfast package.
Call 0151 236 6390 to book.
DIY Champagne Breakfast; Aparthotels
If you’re looking to save your money for bets and a few scoops at the racing itself, then a DIY champagne breakfast with your friends might be the answer. We’ve scouted out some of the city’s best apartments with availability over the 3-day festival.
Apart Hotels in the city centre, it’s all the best hotel features and serviced apartments put together to make the perfect luxurious apartments.
Plenty of space for up to 10 race ready guys and girls, sofas, fully kitted out kitchens, bedrooms and the city centre location means that the stress of leaving on time for champagne breakfast or pre-racing lunch disappears.
Prepare your own Champagne spread and prepare for the Grand National at your own pace.
EPIC Apart Hotels have three locations in the city centre all just a step away from the best bars and restaurants, book now to avoid disappointment.
Set in the Ropewalks, just off the famous nightlife of Seel Street. Arthouse offers glamorous movie themed apartments including Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Chicago, Grease and more. Rooms feature large screen TVs, Kitchenettes, Jacuzzis and more… you might not want to leave!
The Arthouse has availability over the three-day festival for apartments sleeping 4 and 6 guests.
Signature Living also offer more city centre based apartments in locations such as Mathew Street, Stanley Street, Victoria Street and Bold Street.
Post race; Let the nightlife begin
3 courses on the docks
Revolution at the Albert Dock don’t just do vodka you know; they do pizza, fish and chips, burgers and everything you’ll want to eat after a long day at the races.
On Ladies Day Revolution Albert Dock are offering 3 courses accompanied by bubbles for just £30pp. There couldn’t be a more beautiful place to end a day of fun at the races than the Albert Dock.
Call 0151 909 2777 to book.
At Chaophraya located atop of Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park, book in for 4 or more guests during Grand National Thursday or Friday and receive a bottle of fizz for free!
Chaophraya combines signature crafted cocktails with modern thai dining and impressive, glam interior design. If you’re looking to treat yourself, their private dining areas overlooking the Palm Sugar bar are perfect for intimate dinners.
Continue the party inside one of Liverpool’s most loved former places of worship. Alma De Cuba are inviting you all to celebrate both victories and losses on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April. Samba dancers, DJ, live band and even a stage.
In the evening Alma De Cuba are offering a Grand National Deluxe Three Course menu at £40pp – we should have included this at the top, but they’re also doing Champagne breakfast with transport to Aintree!
On your marks, get set, Prosecco
Olive Bar and Restaurant on the pretty and popular Castle Street is offering half price prosecco when dining, throughout the 3-day festival this April.
The speakeasy bar 81 LTD on Seel Street are taking bookings for their ‘Steeple Chase Package’ – This includes a bottle of tasty Chase Marmalade Vodka, 2 jars of Marmalade Syrup and bottle of Champagne Perriet Jouet Champagne, all set for you to make your own martinis.
For more details on accommodation, restaurants and nightlife browse our site.
Enjoy yourselves this Grand National, and remember to drink responsbily.