National Horseracing Museum

Explore the latest audio visual and interactive technologies that chart the history of horseracing from its origins to the global industry it is today. From skeletons to the racehorse simulator there is something to entertain visitors of all ages.

Fred Packard Galleries

Discover the finest gallery of British Sporting Art from 17th century to the present day, with artwork to capture any art lover’s imagination, including a number of famous paintings by George Stubbs.

Rothschild Yard

Meet racing’s equine heroes! For the first time former racehorses can be seen seven days a week with daily demonstrations in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena.

To make the most out of your visit don’t miss:

  • Daily ‘behind the scenes’ demonstrations in the Rothschild Yard – every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm you can meet former racehorses and find out how they are retained after a career of racing.
  • The Tack Room Restaurant and Bakery – our onsite restaurant serving delicious local home cooked food throughout the day.
  • Temporary Exhibitions – make sure you check our website to see what exciting exhibition we have on for your visit!
  • Our racehorse simulator in the King’s Yard Galleries – you can experience the thrill of riding a race and dress up as a jockey!


We are an accessible site with step-free access to all areas with lifts to different floors.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Group Bookings:

  • Free admission for the group organiser
  • A free preliminary visit for group organiser or coach operator/driver (for 1 person – single visit admission).
  • A visitor information site map on arrival
  • Free coach parking at the rear of the site via Vicarage Road
  • Free lunch voucher for the coach driver

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art is situated in Charles II’s sporting palace and stables and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing, in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses.

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House is the result of over ten years planning, building and fundraising to become the biggest new attraction to open in Suffolk in the last decade. Voted Suffolk Museum of the year 2017.

The Heritage Centre also features The Tack Room: Food by the PantryIt is accessible to all the public, not just Heritage Centre ticket holders, and can be accessed via large gates on Palace Street directly into the King’s Yard or from the atrium that runs from Rous Road car park through to Palace Street.

Retraining of Racehorses demonstrations take place daily in the arena at 11.30 and 14.30 daily.

Additional Information


Palace House: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Newmarket, United Kingdom


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