Newmarket is a characterful market town known for its rich thoroughbred horse racing heritage. It's nestled in the Suffolk countryside and is surrounded by rolling green pastures. You can visit a world-class horseracing museum, tour a prestigious stud farm and cheer on champions at one of Britain's most iconic tracks.
Things to do
The National Horseracing Museum showcases everything from thoroughbred anatomy to jockey silks. It's also home to the National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art, which has an impressive collection of paintings. After exploring the museum, enjoy classic British fare at the on-site Tack Room restaurant.
From April to November, the Rowley Mile Racecourse hosts some of the world's most iconic horse racing events. You can place your bets, sip on champagne and attend evening concerts. Guided tours offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Royal Box, Weighing Room and Parade Ring.
Covering 202 hectares, The National Stud is Britain's premier thoroughbred breeding centre. Tours run from March to October and offer a unique glimpse at one of the world's most prestigious stud farms. Expect to see stallions, foals and future champions.
Spend the day pampering yourself at one of Suffolk's luxurious day spas. The Spa at Bedford Lodge is a firm favourite, featuring an ultra-relaxing hydrotherapy pool. In addition to indulgent race day packages, you can also enjoy lavender massages, reflexology treatments and facials.
Newmarket is best explored on foot, with most attractions within walking distance. Rental cars let you explore Suffolk at your own pace. The town is 100 kilometres north of London, with trains making the trip in around 1.5 hours.
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