22 January 2019
Once the location for the sporting palaces of royalty, the town of Newmarket can lay claim to something that no other destination in the world can match. It is the Home of Horseracing.
It was in the 17th Century that King Charles II laid the foundations for the sport and it has morphed into its current form boasting a rich history of champions and heroes of the turf.
It is on the back of that heritage that Newmarket has flourished with several excellent attractions, dining options and world-class accommodation all playing a role in bringing visitors to the Suffolk countryside.
That Newmarket is also just a short journey from the cultural hubs of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds as well as being only a little more than an hour from London that truly make this a must-visit stop during a trip to the UK.
There’s the opportunity to retrace the steps of royalty from the moment you arrive with a visit to Palace House, the home for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. This impressive facility houses some iconic work by the likes of Sir Alfred Munnings and George Stubbs while across the street the museum boasts an incredible collection of sporting and horseracing memorabilia.
Immerse yourself in the prestige of The Jockey Club Rooms (https://jockeyclubrooms.co.uk/), a prestigious member’s only facility that boasts royalty, key industry figures, politicians and business tycoons among its list of members. Situated on the High Street this impressive setting will wow you with a vast collection of art and a sense of history.
No visit to Newmarket is complete without time on the famed training grounds watching the town’s equine residents going about their daily work. Newmarket is home to some 3 000 thoroughbred racehorses and many of these magnificent animals can be seen on Warren Hill every single day. It is truly a spectacle.
A day at the races allows one to indulge in the associated trappings and decadent delights. Go glamourous in the Champions Gallery at the Rowley Mile and soak up summer in your best dress on the July Course. Newmarket Racecourses (https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket/) offer 39 wonderful days of racing in 2019.
Finding top-quality lodgings in Newmarket is easy with the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa (https://bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk/) , the historic Rutland Arms Hotel (https://therutlandarms.co.uk/) or one of the immaculate suites at The Jockey Club Rooms.
Newmarket’s food scene is also worth taking notice of with several excellent independent restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes as well some top local eateries in the surrounding villages. The hotels mentioned above also offer up some fantastic dining experiences
Whatever the occasion, a trip to the Suffolk countryside is well worth it. It is, after all, a town fit for a King or Queen.