and Ely

Horseracing at Newmarket is recorded as far back as the time of James I with the racecourse founded in 1636. In 1671 Charles II became the only reigning monarch to ride a winner!

The town is home to more than 3,000 thoroughbred horses and 50 studs, two racecourses, The Jockey Club, and Tattersalls, the largest equine auction house in Europe.

Wonderful art at Palace House, Newmarket.


The town has a long and illustrious history of Royal visitors with the late Queen Elizabeth II regularly visiting her royal trainers in Newmarket.

The National Horse Racing Museum at Newmarket tells the history of the sport.


Today you can visit Palace House, the last remaining part of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables, as it forms part of the National Horse Racing Museum which offers exciting exhibitions and events throughout the year.


To understand the day-to-day workings and history of horseracing take a guided tour with Discover Newmarket where you can go behind the scenes at a number of trainers’ yards, the National Stud and see the horses exercising on the famous Newmarket Gallops.

Ely Cathedral

Magnificent Ely Cathedral.


Nearby riverside Ely has a magnificent 1000-year-old Cathedral that has doubled as Westminster Abbey in the TV series The Crown and award-winning film The King’s Speech.


Climb the steps to the admire the view from the famous Octagon Tour or take a ground floor tour and learn just how a small island in the middle of the Cambridgeshire Fens came to have one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the country.

Getting around


You’re out in the magnificent Fens and a good way to see the landscape is by train. You can use a Greater Anglia service between the two towns via Cambridge.

You’ll never forget the thrill of a day at the races at Newmarket.


Don’t miss


A day at Newmarket Races is a truly memorable occasion where you can experience the thrill of watching some of the finest racing at close quarters. Put on your finery and indulge in a glass of champagne and cheer your favourite over the line.

There are many places to have an Afternoon Tea in Newmarket.


Discover the taste


An Afternoon Tea at the Bedford Lodge or fine dining in the luxurious Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket is a treat.


For something less formal take tea in the National Horse Racing Museum on the High Street.

Newmarket Gallops

Don’t miss an early morning tour of The Gallops when all the town’s racehorses come out to exercise.


Live like a local


There’s no better way to understand Newmarket than being out on The Gallops early in the morning. The sight is like no other with hundreds of horses moving across the town on their way to the gallops. Book an Early Riser Tour with Discover Newmarket for this experience.


Useful website Discover Newmarket Tours