National Horseracing Museum

National Horseracing Museum

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A great day out in Suffolk for the whole family

If you're looking for places to visit in Suffolk, the National Horseracing Museum is one for the list.

Located in the heart of Newmarket, just east of Cambridge, the National Horseracing Museum is a celebration of horseracing in Britain. The 5-acre site itself used to be the palace and stable yards of King Charles II way back in 1600's - this really is a place steeped in rich history.

You get 3-attractions-in-1 and children go free!

The attraction is made up of three main parts:

  • 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

Also included in the general admission ticket is a Behind the Scenes tour where you can learn about how you retrain a racehorse - this tour takes place at 11am and 2pm each day so we recommend you try to visit during these times if you can. The team here are very knowledgeable so prepare yourself and soak up as many horseracing facts as you can!

Make a family day of it

The grounds are pretty incredible and there really is lots to see.

Pop into the restaurant or maybe the bakery when you get peckish - try the quiche! Or, if you're on a budget, there are lots of pretty picnic spots throughout the five acres.

What's great about the National Horseracing Museum too is the fact there's lots of things to do indoors and outdoors - so even if you bump into a bit of bad weather, you'll be right as rain!

Open all year, there's a wide range of events, creative activities and ever changing major exhibitions throughout the year that you and the family won't want to miss. 

Discover Newmarket - the Home of Horseracing

And if you have time, make sure you explore the rest of this historic and beautiful town and the surrounding area. It really is charming!

The world-famous City of Cambridge is just 14 miles west of Newmarket. Head east to the historic town of Bury St Edmunds to explore the ancient Abbey and cathedral.

Palace House,
Palace Street,
Suffolk CB8 8EP
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How to get here

For people travelling by car there are a number of car parks in Newmarket, the two closest to the museum are Rous Road, CB8 8LX (short stay) and All Saints, CB8 8ET (long stay) car parks. The museum is just a short walk from Newmarket train station and Newmarket bus station.

29th January 2024 - October 2024

Summer Opening Hours
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Public Holidays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

November 2024 - March 2025

Winter Opening Times
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Holidays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Parking & disabled parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bakery
  • Shop
  • Toilets & accessible toilets
  • Baby changing
  • Lifts

Children under the age of 16 can visit the National Horseracing Museum for free. 

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