There’s nothing like a big sporting event to help us formulate a few fun holiday ideas. Not only does an event like the Grand National encourage us to visit locations that we might otherwise miss, but the great event also provides a host of other activities in the area that can make for a stimulating and surprising holiday choice.
As the Grand National is located in the magnificent city of Liverpool, it offers the perfect excuse for visiting this vibrant metropolis. Liverpool’s nightlife is particularly legendary with a cutting-edge music scene covering the best in homegrown indie rock, as well as some hard-hitting electronic dance sounds at the clubs that have sprung up around the up-and-coming Baltic Triangle area.
Of course, after the excitement of the race day betting, you might be in the mood for something a little more relaxed. In which case, the classy confines of the Tate Liverpool offers a masterclass in contemporary artworks, whereas the Cavern Quarter has shopping highlights that include the Vivienne Westwood store as well as the home of the ubiquitous Beatles.
The Grand National
But the main attraction must undoubtedly be the Grand National. As the most valuable jump race in Europe, it’s easy to see why it’s become a key part of the biggest UK betting market at the Coral site, and with a prize fund over well over £1 million in 2016, it’s looking like it will be the biggest Grand National yet.
Last year’s winning horse Many Clouds recently won the Equine Personality of the Year award, and seeing as tickets for the big race are already close to selling out, be sure to get in early for a chance to cheer on this year’s winner from the grandstands.
Given that the Grand National is located just on the outskirts of Liverpool, there’s a massive range of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The iconic Hope Street Hotel gives a good idea as to the range of boutique charms that Liverpool offers. And if you were wishing to further explore the Beatles’ history in the city, then the Hard Day’s Night Hotel should provide the perfect amount of mop-topped relaxation.
So whether you’re looking to celebrate your big winnings with a booking at a luxury hotel, or just want to hedge your bets with something a little more low-key, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice when you attend the Grand National in the United Kingdom in 2016!