The word heritage is defined as ‘features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages or buildings, which come from the past and are still important’.
With that said the town of Newmarket has a heritage worth celebrating and there are a few places to go and explore the unique history of the area.
The first of those is at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art where you can dive head first into the history of the sport of horseracing and the connection to royalty. It’s easy to spend several hours here and sometimes one visit just isn’t enough.
There’s so much to immerse yourself into from the history of Newmarket and how Palace House in its current form came to be while also learning more about horseracing thanks to a host of interactive displays on show here.
Spread out over five acres the historic site also allows for visitors to interact with the horses in the Retraining of Racehorses programme in this, their flagship yard tucked away in the Rothschild Yard section of the site.
Every day the public has an opportunity to get up close to the equines housed here and learn more about the thoroughbred breed and the work that these horses are able to adapt to after their racing careers. There have been some big names housed here including Group One winners Kingsgate Native and jumps hero Sire De Grugy.
Purple Moon, who once ran second in the Melbourne Cup, and Our Vic have also been spotted strutting their stuff in the Sir Peter O’ Sullevan Arena.
If you love art, then a visit to the Jockey Club Rooms is also something to add on the list for a day out. We can arrange bespoke experiences that includes a private tour or you could come on our final Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tour here on 30th September.
See some of the finest of Sir Alfred Munnings’ work alongside some of racing’s great artefacts that have made the Jockey Club Rooms a truly magnificent place to spend some time in. One gets a sense of the history of the building as soon as you step into its hallowed hallways.
Another fun way to learn a bit more about Newmarket is to take a stroll down the High Street to note the names inscribed in a series of paving slabs first launched in 2016. Dubbed the Legends of the Turf, the series is like that of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and recognises the outstanding achievements of horses, jockeys and other racing personalities who have done the town proud.
20/05/2019Bananarama meet new arrivals at The National Stud
The stars of Bananarama met prestigious new arrivals Lord Windermere and Jack The Giant at The National Stud ahead of their Newmarket Nights performance this summer.
13/05/2019Three great walking spots in Newmarket
When the seasons change and spring announces its arrival then suddenly the urge to go outdoors is greater than ever. With the sun going down later there’s even more time to go on a walk and explore the incredible spaces that Newmarket has to offer
08/05/2019A royal occasion at The National Stud
The National Stud played host to a very special guest on Thursday, 2nd May as the Duchess of Cornwall visited one of Newmarket’s finest attractions.
30/04/2019Planning the perfect race day this Guineas Weekend
It’s a big weekend with the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket ’s Rowley Mile Racecourse marking the start of the Classics for this season.
26/04/2019Buy 2 for 1 tickets for a visit to Palace House
Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is gearing up for one of the busiest weekends in Newmarket’s calendar by announcing an exciting offer, on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May all day tickets to Palace House will be ‘Buy One Get One Free.’
25/04/2019Don’t miss your chance to go on our Shadwell Tour
Such is the popularity of Discover Newmarket’s tours to Shadwell Stud that one of the two dates has already sold out.
15/04/2019Meet Big Orange, a Newmarket legend
Visitors to Newmarket have an opportunity to meet an equine legend in the flesh with the news that Big Orange will be stabled at Palace House for the next three months.
09/04/2019Dining out in Newmarket this Easter
There are loads of great places to go and enjoy Easter this year with Newmarket’s favourite eating spots all putting on something which gives you and the family a great reason to get out and spend time together on Easter Sunday afternoon.