Visit the home of horse racing

PUBLISHED: 01:27 19 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Visit the home of horse racing

Visit the home of horse racing

What to see and do in this historic town, the home of horse racing

What to see and do in this historic town, the home of horse racing

Newmarket is a small but vibrant town, universally famed for horse-racing and permeated with royal history. It is also home to one of the oldest horse racing venues in the country. Indeed, horseracing lies at the very heart of Newmarket, its two large racecourses being the towns central glories. The town is set amidst spectacular scenery of open heathland and lush countryside, which is also home to 52 stud farms.

There is plenty to see and do in Newmarket, so it is well worth a visit. Horseracing is at the heart of the town and its presence can be seen and felt everywhere. With two of the countrys most important races held at the Newmarket racecourse each year, the town is dominated by all things equestrian from the months of April through to October.

The town has also become famous for its Newmarket Nights which, run in conjunction with horse racing, have become extremely popular and are a fantastic night out.

Newmarket is also notable for its royal connections, going back to the days of King James I, who famously moved his court to the town in the 17th century. King Charles II was a keen equestrian and a great admirer of the town. Today, the towns royal connections are still very strong, with members of the Royal family frequent visitors to the races. The Queen, a notable horse lover, has visited the town on numerous occasions.

However, you dont have to be a horse enthusiast to enjoy Newmarket. For visitors to the area, there are excellent places to provide you with a peaceful and relaxing stay. Tuddenham Mill is a beautiful hotel offering an eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern. There is also the Bedford Lodge Hotel a comfortable accommodation which also has its own health club. Newmarket High Street is a vibrant and bustling with activity, playing host to a wide range of shops, pubs and clubs. There is also a huge variety of restaurants to enjoy, ranging from Thai to Italian.

Young visitors can also look forward to an entertaining time in Newmarket with a visit to Wild Tracks go-karting circuit or Junior Fun at the National Horse Racing Museum. With its pretty scenery, the buzz of horse racing and lively feel, Newmarket is a fantastic day out destination for all the family.

Things to do...


This museum is not to be missed. Tours of the racecourses are also on offer, giving a fantastic behind-the-scenes insight into the stable yards and a chance to learn about Newmarkets racing headquarters. The museums galleries offer an glimpse into the stories of Newmarkets world famous history.


The National Stud is the showcase for British Thoroughbred Breeding, which offers a fascinating insight into the workings of a busy stud farm. The only farm to offer this kind of tour, it is not to be missed!


A series of fantastic nights throughout the summer months which start with early evening horse racing followed by a live open air pop concert. These nights are fun and hugely popular, with bands such as McFly, Steps and Tom Jones all set to play in the next few months.


This historic private members club is located on the High Street in the centre of the town having been at the heart of British racing for over 250 years.

Founded in the middle of the 18th century, it was originally a social club aiming to promote good fellowship among racing and thoroughbred breeding enthusiasts. As one of Britains last hidden treasures, the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket is also an impressive wedding venue, where guests can enjoy five star food and service surrounded by the Clubs unsurpassed collection of equestrian art and racing memorabilia.

For further information contact the Jockey Club Rooms at 01638 663101

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