Here at Discover Newmarket we pride ourselves on having the best tour guides on offer for your day out. Not only are these guides passionate about their roles and showing off the town to visitors but they also have loads of knowledge and experience to share with you.
In our Meet The Guides series of blogs we are giving you the chance to get to know a little bit more about our team of tour guides. Next up is the chance to learn a little bit more about Frankie McGhee.
If you ever head out on the History and Heritage Walking Tour you are in for a treat. Not only will you be able to take in some of Newmarket’s historic locations but you will do so with Frankie as your guide as you’re taken from the top of the High Street all the way to Tattersalls and back. Frankie has an immense knowledge of the history and key happenings in and around Newmarket from years gone by.
Frankie has been a Discover Newmarket tour guide right from the start and the reason that she has stuck with it is a simple one.
“I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and hopefully am able to pass on some interesting facts about Newmarket and the equine industry at all levels, whether they have a “horsey” background or not,” explains Frankie.
We particularly loved Frankie’s answer to the question regarding the top attractions in town, especially when it was admitted that the list changes day to day depending on where groups are going. It reiterates the fact that one visit is simply not enough and that there is always something to see and do no matter which time of the year you are visiting.
“I think every attraction has its own plus points, so hard to choose one in particular over the others but I really love the Jockey Club Rooms, The National Stud and the Heath, possibly in that order but could change my mind tomorrow,” said Frankie, who is also an accredited Blue Badge guide in Cambridge, of her favourites.
As for finding the best places for a bite to eat?
“It would depend upon what you fancy on the day or the occasion but if asked I would suggest Squires (at The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa) or The Tack Room, which can be found on-site at Palace House.”
Newmarket is unique in that it is renown as the Home of Horseracing and this is one of the reason’s that Frankie loves the town and being able to show visitors around.
“I think my favourite thing is how Newmarket has developed over the years and the importance that it has within racing’s development. The best thing to encourage people to visit is to explain the uniqueness of seeing the horses exercise en masse on Warren Hill.
As is always the case in all of our Meet The Tour Guides blogs, we asked Frankie what name would be picked for a horse if ever the opportunity to own one arose?
“The garden isn’t big enough so never thought about it,” she proclaimed in typically humorous Frankie style.
If you’d like to book your places on the History and Heritage Walking Tour and spend some time wandering around Newmarket, and learning all about its royal history, with Frankie as your guide then click here.
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