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Discovering Newmarket’s unique heritage


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.