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Learn About the History of Newmarket


The history of Newmarket is fascinatingly rich. Being the Home of Horseracing, there is a huge amount to learn about how the sport began in the town over three centuries ago.

From King Charles II’s palace, to his racing stables that now make up part of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, throughout the subsequent years with all of the many champions that have trained in the town, and finally how it has come to be known as racing’s ‘Headquarters’.

Not only that, there is also significant military heritage with famous codebreaker, Bill Tutte being a Newmarket resident and the Rowley Mile Racecourse being used as an air base during the world war, along with the history behind the iconic clock tower that stands proudly at the top of the High Street.

Whether this is your first visit to the town, or you’re a life-long resident, there is so much to learn about the history of Newmarket and the perfect way to do it is by joining us on our History & Heritage Walking Tour.

The walking tour tour begins at the top of the High Street by the Bill Tutte Memorial from where our expert guide will take you to see the town’s significant historic sights, such as Palace House, the Jockey Club Rooms, All Saints Church and Tattersalls.

You can then refresh yourself with a delicious breakfast tier at Nancy’s Vintage Tea Shop.

After this you have the option of visiting the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art to enjoy three different attractions: The National Horseracing Museum where you can learn all about the history behind the Sport of Kings; the Fred Packard Galleries at Palace House where you can admire a collection of some of the finest sporting art in the world; and, The Rothschild Yard, the flagship yard of the Retraining of Racehorses charity, where you will have the chance to meet retired racehorses and learn about their life after racing.

Not only is this tour a great way to spend a summer’s day, it is also a highly interesting and educational experience that is perfect for all the family.


There are three options:

– 2-hour walking tour only: £12

– 2-hour walking tour + breakfast tier: £22

– 2-hour walkng tour + breakfast tier + entry to the Heritage Centre: £35


Learn all about Newmarket’s History, book your spot today by calling 0344 748 9200.