National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Over five acres in the heart of Newmarket you will discover the history of horseracing from its inception to the present day. Meet former racehorses in the beautiful Rothschild Yard and find out what they do when they finish racing, and explore a stunning gallery of British sporting art in the Packard Galleries – originally built for Charles II. Of course, your visit will not be complete without a go on the racehorse simulator – where you can experience the thrill of being a jockey.

Find us at...

  • National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
  • Palace House
  • Palace Street
  • Newmarket
  • CB8 8EP

Our family-friendly offer

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House is a great place to bring children. You will meet live horses, see trophies, paintings, sculptures, photographs and much more! 


Our racehorse simulator in the King’s Yard Galleries – you can experience the thrill of riding a race and dress up as a jockey!

Our touch screen interactives in the National Horseracing Museum – see how your skeleton compares to a horses and see if you can create a champion racehorse! Pictured

Meet the racehorses in the Rothschild Yard – get up close to the heroes of the sport, they are very friendly and love a pat.

Daily demonstrations in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena – every day at 11am and 2.30pm there are demonstrations from the former racehorses that highlight how they are retrained.

Our family trail and interactive multimedia guide – please ask at reception for these.


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

We welcome guide and assistance dogs at the National Heritage Centre.

Induction loops are built in throughout the galleries where audio exhibits are installed. All audio-visual exhibits have subtitles.

There are 2 parking spaces for Blue Badge holders at the rear of the site accessed from Vicarage Road and 10 dedicated Blue Badge holder spaces in the Rous Road car park behind TK Maxx (CB8 8HP), there is direct access to the National Heritage Centre from this car park.



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