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.

Newmarket Racecourses

Newmarket Racecourses is the Home of Horseracing. It is the town where horse racing, the "sport of kings", was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the world.

 

There is no finer place to enjoy the excitement and sheer beauty of a day at the races than at Newmarket Racecourses. From the oldest race in history to the 21st Century, Newmarket hosts some of the world's top thoroughbred racing including the Guineas festival in May, the Moet and Chandon July Festival in high summer and the Future Champions' Day in October.

 

Newmarket Racecourses is the only racecourse in the UK to have two courses; The Rowley Mile and The July Course. The Rowley Mile is used in the Spring and the Autumn and the Course has a 1 mile 2 furlong straight with minor undulations. The penultimate furlong is downhill and the last is uphill, forming 'The Dip'.  Races beyond the distance of 1m 2f start on the 'Cesarewitch' or 'Beacon' course.

 

The July Course, which is used in the summer has a one mile straight.

 

Whether you come to the big racing festivals, the summer Friday evening 'Newmarket Nights' which feature the highly popular post-racing concerts, or to any of the 38 race days between April and November, we are sure you will want to return again and again!