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Grand National

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Race against the other jockeys as you ride in the famous Grand National...

Theme ParkBlackpool Pleasure Beach
TypeWooden Rollercoaster
AudienceThrillseekers
Opened1935
ManufacturerCharles Paige
Height62 ft
Length3302 ft
Inversions0
Max Speed40 mph
Duration2¼ minutes
A train races over Becher's Brook

A train races over Becher's Brook

Grand National is one of Blackpool Pleasure Beach's most famous rollercoasters.

The ride was built by Charles Paige in 1935, and is a wooden racing coaster. Two trains run beside each other in a contest designed to mimic the Grand National horse race which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse.

During their journey, riders will feel like they are riding on horseback over some of the race's most iconic fences including Becher's Brook, Valentine's and the Canal Turn.

Unlike most racing coasters which have two tracks, Grand National uses a möbius loop design which results in one continuous track that both trains run on. The train which starts on one side of the station will thus return on the other side.

Sadly Grand National is showing its age and has got quite rough, especially in more recent years. It is still a good ride and well worth experiencing, but it is perhaps now a lot less re-rideable than it once was!

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