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Take a tour at the historic home of horseracing

For the all the thrill of the races, Newmarket is hard to beat. Get a rare chance to head behind the scenes of the mult-million pound industry. From the National Stud to training yards, members clubs to auction houses, and historic Palace House where it all started back in the 17th century - you'll experience something completely unique. One thing we do know...you're onto a winning day out!

 

Discover NewmarketHead to the new multi-million pound attraction Palace House

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With a host of tours designed to give you an in-depth insight and taste of the world of horseracing, Discover Newmarket is perfect for racing enthusiasts, travel lovers and those new to racing. You don’t have to love horseracing to love Newmarket!

Perfectly situated among the cultural hubs of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds while also being in close proximity to London, Newmarket makes the ideal day out with a number of expert tour guides throughout the year, including the ever-popular Short Head and Country Mile Tours. These tours are made up of half or full-days that take visitors to exclusive, rarely seen top trainers’ yards, the gallops in the morning and to other iconic locations.

If you’re after a sweet treat, book the Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tour and walk in the footsteps of royalty, politicians and other key historical figures at the prestigious member’s only club, The Jockey Club Rooms.

 

The Gallops in NewmarketVisit the Gallops at Warren Hill for an awe-inspiring sight.

Embrace horseracing on a day out to Newmarket

The town’s official tour guide, Discover Newmarket, offers world-class, exclusive tours which take you behind the scenes in the headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, racing and training and its footprint on the town.

Newmarket has a rich heritage and links to a fascinating royal past having been home to the sporting palaces of King James I and King Charles II.

On the 18th February, The National Stud will throw open its gates to allow visitors to get up close with mares and foals, and future champions of the racecourse. You will also discover how these racehorses are born and raised.

 

Discover NewmarketThe National Stud
Witness the thrill of the sale and history in the making as Thoroughbreds are sold for millions of Guineas at the oldest and most prolific bloodstock auctioneers in the world, Tattersalls. 
 
Go behind the scenes at a top trainer’s yard, learn what it takes to train, nurture and create champions from trainers such as John Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott, Marco Botti, Rae Guest, Charlie Fellowes and Ed Dunlop to name a few.
 
 
Tattersalls NewmarketThe thrill of Tattersalls and thoroughbreds going under the hammer
 Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of King Charles II as you see where horseracing began and how it has shaped the world at Palace House, the home of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art.
 
Spanning five acres in the heart of Newmarket, Palace House is situated in the remnants of King Charles II’s sporting palace and stables. The Heritage Centre comprises of three complementary attractions: The National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art and the flagship yard for the Retraining of Racehorses Charity which offers visitors the chance to meet former racehorses as they progress into their new careers after racing.

 

Palace House in NewmarketThe origins of horseracing at Palace House, part of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art
A trip to Newmarket wouldn’t be complete without seeing champions in action on the track. Discover Newmarket’s Race Day Tours take you behind the scenes at either the Rowley Mile or July Course allowing you access into areas of the racecourse, not normally open to the public. Get a taste of what it is like behind the scenes as an owner, trainer and jockey before enjoying a thrilling day at the races.

 

Racing days at NewmarketEnjoy a day at the races on the July Course or Rowley Mile

Tour Dates in 2019

Country Mile Tour - £80 per person
A full day tour showcasing Newmarket’s top attractions including Palace House, The National Stud, a trainer’s yard and the gallops.
 
26th January, 9th March, 20th April, 11th May, 1st June, 15th June, 6th July, 3rd August, 31st August, 19th October. 8.50am start

Race Day Tour – from £130 per person
Heading off to the races? Why not make it even more special with a Race Day Tour so you can get to grips with everything that goes into producing those incredible sporting animals for the track?

Start the day with a driven tour of the town, followed by a visit to Palace House. After this you will head up to the Racecourse for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour – see the Weighing Room, Royal Box and Commentators Box as well as inside the Parade Ring with owners, trainers and jockeys.

Tour includes Premier Enclosure badges for you to enjoy racing afterwards.

18th April, 4th May, 5th May, 18th May, 22nd June, 13th July, 10th August, 28th Septem-ber, 12th October. 9.30 start

Short Head Tour - £55 per person
Half-day morning tour where visitors will get to visit the gallops, a trainer’s yard and then travel onto either the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art or The National Stud.

23rd February, 16th March, 23rd March, 6th April, 13th April, 4th May, 25th May, 15th June, 22nd June, 13th July, 10th August, 24th August, 7th September, 12th October, 9th November. 8.50am start

Tattersalls Tour - £85 per person
Visit one of the most famous bloodstock auction houses in the world, Tattersalls. Start your day with a guided tour of Newmarket Gallops, then head to a busy trainer’s yard and follow this with a trip to the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art for a tour and lunch at The Tack Room. Then head to Tattersalls for a look behind-the-scenes, and to witness the excitement and experience the atmosphere as the horses go through the sales ring.

17th April, 3rd May, 11th July, 8th October, 10th October, 1st November, 2nd December. 9.00am start

Champagne Afternoon Tea & Tour – from £40 per person
Learn about the incredible history of The Jockey Club and horseracing at The Jockey Club Rooms, with a guided viewing of sporting art and memorabilia at the private members club, followed by a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

7th April, 23rd June, 10th November. 1.45pm start

Dalham Hall Stud Tour - £95 per person
An exclusive opportunity to visit His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai’s Dalham Hall Stud, Godolphin’s International Headquarters! See the impressive facilities and champion stallions, including Dubawi and New Approach, as well as Golden Horn, Harry Angel and Cracksman. Following the tour, enjoy a two-course lunch at the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa.

24th May, 7th August, 4th October, 22nd November, 10am start

History & Heritage Walking Tour - £22 per person
The History and Heritage Tour allows visitors to retrace the steps of royalty and explores the development of Newmarket from the time of King James I to the present day and how the town became known to be the Home of Horseracing.

8th June, 20th July, 14th September

Discover Newmarket Feature Tour - £90 per person
The ultimate treat! You will start your day by visiting the thriving Newmarket Gallops where you will see some of the town’s 3,000 resident racehorses exercising on pristine Jockey Club Estates land. Then get a behind-the-scenes tour of a busy racing yard before heading to the prestigious members’ only club, The Jockey Club Rooms.

16th March, 11th May, 26th October from 9am

 

If you’d like to book a tour or to find out more, visit Discover Newmarket or call 0344 748 9200.

 

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