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National Horse Racing Museum

The National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, is home to RoR's flagship yard. In the Rothschild Yard you will discover what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are over with the opportunity to meet some former stars of the racecourse.

The National Horse Racing Museum was officially opened by HM The Queen in 2016, following years of building and fundraising. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Forest Heath District Council and the racing industry as well as many private trusts and foundations, the project is an important example of partnership across the public and private sectors.

The museum occupies a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket and provides a wonderful day out for all ages. Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays you can find out about the history of horseracing in Trainer’s House, enjoy some of the country’s best examples of sporting art in Palace House, meet former racehorses in the Rothschild Yard, have a go on the racehorse simulator in the King’s Yard Galleries, and watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge.

The Rothschild Yard, built by Leopold de Rothschild in 1903, has been returned to its former glory to stable retrained racehorses. Four galleries in the yard explain the work of the Retraining of Racehorses charity and visitors will be able to meet former racehorses.

Find out how thoroughbreds can be very effectively re-trained for a satisfying and successful life beyond horseracing. At 11am and 2:30pm there are Behind the Scenes tours with the RoR team for all visitors to enjoy. Every day the Behind the Scenes tour is different, while you will always see a horse working in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena there may be different disciplines on display. Check the National Horse Racing Museum website for more details of the resident horses and daily demonstrations.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Adults: £15.00

NUS - Students: £8.00

Local Resident Pass: £10.00

Children (under 16): FREE

A: Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EP