Where is it?
Newmarket is a market town in Suffolk, often referred to as the birthplace and global centre of thoroughbred horse racing. Approximately 65 miles north of London it is easily accessible by road, train and bus. Newmarket has many fine listed buildings, shopping facilities, varied recreational facilities and a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and cafes.
A brief history
Historic sites such as the Icknield Way and the Devil’s Dyke, link the town of Newmarket to its Anglo Saxon history. The Dyke is an ancient monument, and is the largest defensive earthwork in the country.
In February 1605 when James I made his first visit to Newmarket (which was described as a ‘poor little village’) Newmarket soon become a resort of kings thanks to the construction of Newmarket Palace by King James between 1606 – 1610. The Palace House complex is often referred to as Newmarket’s hidden gem tucked away behind the High Street. In the 1660′s Charles II identified Newmarket as the ideal base for improving the bloodlines of his race horses due to the rare qualities of the chalk heathland. Newmarket has been home to the Jockey Club since the 1750s, with its 74 racing yards training more than 3,000 horses and 2,800 acres of training grounds and gallops.
What to do
The town is home to the National Horseracing Museum and the National Stud set in 500 acres of stunning countryside – the only stud farm to open its doors to the public.
In the town centre there’s something for everyone, all tastes and budgets! From well-known retail brands to local independents and family-run businesses. Visitors can take advantage of its range of high-end luxury hotels and boutique bed and breakfast accommodation, all within walking distance of the centre. Excellent educational institutions make this an extremely desirable location to live in.
Where to visit
For those looking for a day of relaxing head to a spa day at Newmarket’s only four star hotel, Bedford Lodge Hotel, originally a Georgian hunting lodge built for the Duke of Bedford in the 18th century and since converted into a hotel in the 1940s. The beautiful towns of Bury St Edmunds and Clare are a short drive away and a must for anyone wishing to find out more about Suffolk’s fascinating heritage. Less than 30 minutes is the historic university city of Cambridge, world famous as a seat of learning since the first college opened in 1209. The University of Cambridge is ranked one of the top five universities in the world. Known as the heart of the high-tech centre Silicon Fen, Cambridge incubates and attracts start-ups, many of whom have gone on to provide world-class technologies and services.
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