Given its location in relation to the buzzing London metropolis it is understandable why the picturesque town of Newmarket was earmarked as the playground for royalty.
By choosing Palace House as the venue for a number of his sporting exploits, King Charles II set the foundations for the sport of horseracing and it is a legacy still going more than 350 years on since roots were first laid down in 1665. Being just an hour and a half from London and 25 minutes from Cambridge means that Newmarket is a lot closer than people think when it comes to finding a venue for a day out or even adding it as a stopover when heading towards the Suffolk coast.
Booking a tour with Discover Newmarket is an opportunity to go behind the scenes to experience something truly unique.
There’s the chance to explore the rich history and heritage of the area with a visit to the grand Jockey Club Rooms or an afternoon immersed in art at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art before interacting with retired racehorses at the flagship yard of the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
Our ever popular tour around The National Stud offers an insight into what goes on at the very beginning in a young thoroughbred’s life that helps prepare them for the step to the sales ring and a tilt at glory on the racetrack.
Recently awarded Coach Friendly Status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, The National Stud joins the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art in being able to boast this accolade.
Now heading into its fifth year of operation, Discover Newmarket has seen tremendous growth in visitor numbers, both domestically and internationally and offers a range of experiences to any visiting group or individual.
There is also the option to cater to bespoke needs should a group require and every effort is made to accommodate groups of all sizes. Discover Newmarket can also arrange catering options for your group, whether it’s coffee and tea on arrival or a lunch spread.
Heading towards the end of 2018, Discover Newmarket still has a number of exciting dates lined up with Race Day Tours and a Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tea and Tour at the Jockey Club Rooms.
Discover Newmarket are now taking group bookings for 2019 with an early bird discount of 10% off for a group confirming their dates before the end of the year. There are also benefits for the group organiser to enjoy.
Bookings can also be made by calling 0344 748 9200.