Late Opening Hours for Groups at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House Newmarket
The National Heritage Centre at Palace House is delighted to announce after hours opening times for groups on the last Wednesday of each month from April – September. Late opening hours will be from 5pm – 8pm and will give groups a chance to explore what is on offer.
With so much to see and do the Heritage Centre is proving to be a popular destination for groups of all ages. During your visit you will be able to explore the new National Horseracing Museum which traces the history of horseracing and Newmarket’s role in its development. There is also a focus on the science of horseracing which many visitors, especially those familiar with the old Museum, might not expect to see displayed. In the Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred, the evolution, anatomy and breeding of race horses is explored through video displays and audio-visual interactives. Your visit won’t be complete without having a go on our race horse simulator to see just how fit a jockey has to be to ride in a race.
In Palace House, originally built for Charles II, is the Fred Packard Gallery of British Sporting Art. Here, sporting art is displayed over three floors spanning traditional 17th century paintings right through to modern day paintings, photos, prints and sculpture. The art of all sport is celebrated in this magnificent gallery, which houses loans from the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum and many other public and private collections. From George Stubbs, John Herring, Sir Alfred Munnings to Sir William Orpen, John Singer Sargent, John Skeaping and Nic Fiddian Green – there's something for everyone.
The Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) provides an opportunity to meet some old racing heroes in the Rothschild Yard, where horses such as Our Vic, Kingsgate Native, Walkon and The Cheka have been stabled since the attraction opened in November (check the website to see who is currently here).
After you have explored the five acre site, why not book into The Tack Room and enjoy a delicious dinner in one of Newmarket’s top restaurants. Bespoke menus can be arranged for groups in advance.
And don’t forget to visit the Palace House Shop before you go!
Late opening dates include:
26th April, 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, 30th August , 27th September