Synonymous with horse racing, the famous town of Newmarket in Suffolk has numerous attractions celebrating its role in helping create the sport of horse racing as it exists today, and it remains the location of the National Stud. It’s not all about horses though; the town has a vibrant shopping and culinary scene that draws tourists on its own merit. Get some great Cheltenham Festival Free Bets here.
Newmarket is where Britain’s first official horse race was held more than three centuries ago. Charles II, whose patronage helped the popularity and spread of horse racing as a sport, even rode his own horse to first place here in one memorable race. Today, Newmarket has two courses: the Rowley Mile ‘Course of Champions’ that hosts spring and autumn racing and the July Course, where summer events are held in a setting with a unique ambiance. The facilities are befitting of a racecourse complex that has seen the rise of countless champion horses and jockeys over the years, and which serves as a center for many horse racing societies, committees, organizations and exhibitions. The facilities include first-class wining and dining.
Located right in the heart of the town, the National Horse Racing Museum has fascinating exhibitions depicting the history of horse racing in Britain, from its royal beginnings through the Victorian age and up to the present. Nearby, stately Palace House serves as the town’s art gallery and tourist information center. The lovingly restored 17th-century building was where Charles II used to stay when he was pursuing his love of horse racing in Newmarket. The art gallery contains an impressive collection of paintings, a wide range of crafts and an extensive wardrobe of historic clothing.
Despite its fame as a horse racing center, Newmarket has been a thriving market town since ancient times. Shopping remains one of the most popular activities in the town, with the High street being the focal point for shopping. The town is also used to host large numbers of visitors from all walks of life, resulting in a surprising and varied range of quality cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.