Newmarket

For most, Newmarket means one thing above all else: racing. With two famous racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course, 2,800 acres of training grounds and an estimated 2,500 horses in training at any one time, it’s easy to see why Newmarket is known as ‘the home of racing’. Here you can immerse yourself in the heady atmosphere of race day, whether for a bit of a flutter, to participate in the glamour of Ladies’ Day or  marvel at the sport of kings (Charles II himself rode here). But there’s more to it than the races themselves: the nearby National Stud provides a unique and fascinating opportunity to look behind the scenes – as well as admire some of the finest horses in the world, while the family-friendly National Horse Racing Museum allows you to explore the history, as well as ride a racehorse simulator. For something completely different, or to extend your visit to the races on into the evening, there are also Newmarket Nights, a series of summer concerts by major music stars combined with evening racing, food and bars.

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