Aintree station opened in 1849 and was originally known as Aintree Sefton Arms after a local pub, but the suffix was dropped in 1968. Now on the Northern Line, and charming with redbrick and yellow trim, the station reflects the rail hub's main function, being the closest station to Aintree Racecourse and providing fans with an easy gateway to the action. Needless to say, the station sees most of its yearly traffic during the week of the annual Grand National horse race - and every spring, when the race rolls into town, additional trains are put on to Liverpool city centre.
Away from the horses, Aintree is a small village comprising two primary schools, several churches and three pubs. There is also ample opportunity to spend any money won on the races with two shopping areas on Altway and at the Old Roan. Famous faces of Aintree include former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson and leading Labour Party MP Andy Burnham.