Possibly the most famous racecourse in the UK, the Newmarket Racecourse consists of the Rowley Mile Course and the July Course, both flat tracks. As the heart of British horseracing, Newmarket Racecourse holds races in Spring, Autumn and Summer. It is located in Suffolk, England, and 9 Group 1 races are held there each year.
The history of Newmarket Racecourse extends back as far as the history of racing in England. While the first race at Newmarket is recorded in 1622, the establishment of Newmarket as the home of racing did not really occur until Charles II developed a keen interest in horse racing around the 1660s. The Merry Monarch’s obsession with horse racing, and his building of a palace to better accommodate his Newmarket stays, legitimised horse racing in England. Nearly a century after, the Jockey Club first established its rooms at Newmarket, and later Newmarket was the only British racecourse to run races in both World Wars.
Newmarket Racecourse is home to some of the most important events in British Thoroughbred racing. The 1,000 Guineas Stakes for fillies, and the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, are both run at Newmarket. These are the first two British Classic Races, which are some of the most important flat races in UK horse racing for 3-year-olds.
Other major races run at Newmarket Racecourse include:
Newmarket Racecourse can be reached by road, rail and coach.
By road, the A11 and A14 can be taken from major cities in East Anglia to Newmarket. The A11 can also be reached via the M11, and the A14 can be accessed via the A1 or M1. Parking is reasonably priced for a premier car park, but there is plenty of free parking available.
Travelling from London to Cambridge, Stansted Airport or Ipswich, trains run to Newmarket, where a coach service is provided from Newmarket Town Centre on race days.
The coach to Newmarket Racecourse departs from Cambridge Train Station and from outside the Robin Hood Pub, Cherry Hinton at different times depending on if it is a daytime or evening race meet. A coach also runs from Stansted Airport.
Dining – Several bars are open on race days, including the Birdcage Bar, The Coffee Bar, the Millenium Bar, and the Limekilns Suite. These bars are all part of the Millenium Grandstand, as is The Champion’s Gallery Restaurant for more substantial meals. Different enclosures and grandstands have their own selection of bars and restaurants for visitors to choose from, so visitors should be able to find food, drink and prices to their tastes.
Corporate/Conferences – 30 different conference rooms are available, and Newmarket Racecourse can accept a conference of up to 300 delegates. Conference packages include snacks and lunch, basic refreshments during the meeting, pads and pens, a dedicated manager, and free car parking.
Corporate marquees are also available for groups of 15 and upward. Groups smaller than 15 can instead be booked into one of the restaurants, such as the Champions Gallery or Guineas Restaurant.
Disabled Access – Disabled racegoers receive a complimentary entry for someone to assist them. Wheelchair hire is also available and a buggy shuttle service runs from the car parks to the racecourse entrances to transfer disabled patrons.