Newmarket Racecourse is a horseracing venue that is made up of two courses – the Rowley Mile which is used for racing in the Spring and Autumn and the July Course which is used in the Summer. The town of Newmarket is famed for its association with horse racing, with a large number of trainers based in the area. The course was established in 1666 after King Charles II inaugurated the Newmarket Town Plate, later winning the race and thus becoming the and only reigning monarch to win a race.
Today the racecourse hosts a number of top races, most notably two of Britain’s classic races – the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas Stakes.
Capacity: 20,000 (Rowley Mile) & 20,000 (July Course)
Tickets at Newmarket Racecourse
To purchase tickets and for further ticket information, consult the official website here.
Location & Travel to Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket Racecourse is located approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Newmarket in Suffolk in the East of England.
Airport – There are several airports within reasonable driving distance of Newmarket, the closest being Stansted Airport which is just over 30 miles away. The airport offers a number of flights across Europe and is either a 45 minute car journey away or by taking the train to Cambridge (see below).
Alternatively, the small Norwich Airport is just over 50 miles away (1 hours drive) or the much larger London Heathrow, with international flights across the world is 90 miles away (90 minutes drive).
Bus – A free shuttle bus service runs on race days between Newmarket town centre and the racecourse, with pick-ups outside Hughes electrical store on the high street and the train station. The service starts 2 hours before the first race and stops when the first race begins, resuming again 45 minutes before the last race and continuing for up to 2 hours.
A coach service is available from Cambridge Train Station, Royston Train Station, Bury St Edmunds Bus Station and Ely (via Soham and Fordham). The service costs £10 return or £6 one way and can be booked when purchasing your admission tickets. Further information is available on the Newmarket Racecourse website here.
Driving/Parking – Newmarket is situated just off the A14 with journey times to London and Norwich being an hour, or Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Ely about 30 minutes. From the A14 merge onto the A1304, signposted Newmarket. After 5 miles take the second exit on the roundabout (for the July Course) or third exit (for the Rowley Mile). There is plenty of free parking available on site at the racecourse.
Train – Newmarket railway station offers regular services to Cambridge to the west and Ipswich to the east, with both offering onwards connections to London whilst Cambridge has good connections with the Midlands and the North. During race meets, a coach service is available from Cambridge and Royston Train stations (see above).
The station is about 2 miles away from the racecourse, with a walking time of about 30 minutes. During race meets, a free shuttle bus operates between Newmarket station and the racecourse (see above).
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Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Sports Tourist