Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket is the central point for Tourist Information in Newmarket and is the town’s official Tour Guide.

 

We offer visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing's headquarters to see the equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town.

 

Our expert guides deliver tours for groups and individuals which can be organised for as little or as long as you want.

 

Half-day or full-day visits are available and tours can be combined with racing at one of Newmarket's famous two racecourses. There is also a selection of excellent hotels for those that would like to stay longer.

Tourist Information Centre

Whether you’re a devoted horse-racing fan or just a lover of beautiful English towns, Newmarket is sure to appeal. Close to Cambridge and Ely as well as Bury St Edmunds, this is the perfect place from which to explore this popular region.

Newmarket has been associated with horses and racing since King James 1 arrived in 1605 and declared Newmarket the second capital of England. Successive royal family members came to appreciate the flat land as an ideal location for galloping their horses, King Charles 1 in particular. He visited the town regularly bringing with him a strong love of horses and racing, and it was he who commissioned the first grandstand on Newmarket Heath. Thus the Sport of Kings was born with Britains’s first race, The Town Plate, in which Charles 11 rode his own horse and won! Surprise, surprise. Newmarket hasn’t looked back since.

National Horseracing Museum

The National Horseracing Museum is a five acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses. We have a restaurant and shop onsite. Visits can take from 3 hours to a full day, and sometimes even more... However, don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in in one day – you can purchase an annual ticket or upgrade on the day meaning you can come back as many times as you want from 12 months of purchase.