This Thursday sees the start of the 2018 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, with the main event taking place on Saturday 14th April at 5:15 pm. Barca, situated in Castlefield, Manchester will be showing the race live.

The most popular steeple chase in the UK, The Grand National weekend is a busy one across the whole country and Manchester is no exception, with the city expected to be busy on Saturday.

The Grand National has been an annual race since 1839 (with the exception of the world wars) and this year over 150,000 racegoers expected to visit Aintree over the three-day event.

The race is the most valuable in Europe, and last year the total prize fund was £1 million. The race itself is 4 miles long, taking two laps of the track with over 30 difficult fence jumps for the 40 jockeys and horses to overcome. The Grand National is notorious as many of the fences are much larger than those on other courses.

Just outside the centre of town, Barca in Castlefield is the perfect destination if you’re looking for somewhere in Manchester to watch the Grand National. Set to have a buzzing atmosphere, Barca has a large selection of drinks available including various cocktails and beers, there is something for everyone!

We also have a large food menu available if you fancy a bite to eat during the day. If the weathers nice, Barca has one of the largest outdoor seating areas in Manchester City centre, so get down here early to guarantee a spot in the sun!

Barca is a great spot to watch the Grand National in Manchester, and once the race is over we’re open til late, so you can spend your winnings or drown your sorrows depending on how your bets went! If you’d like to book a table for Saturday, please get in touch.