Palace House in Newmarket Suffolk is National Heritage Centre housing a first-rate museum that provides ever-changing interest.
Three charities operate here - The National Horseracing Museum, The British Sporting Art Trust and the Retraining of Racehorses charity (RoR).
Day Tickets for Adults cost: £12 (online £11), Children £7 (online (6), Family: £35 (online £34) whilst children under 5 are free. All Day Tickets can be upgraded to an Annual Pass on the day of purchase by paying the difference, which for an adult is an additional £7.
In addition to the museum exhibits and galleries, various temporary exhibitions, classes and presentations are arranged throughout the year. Training courses such as the current one on how to work with cameras cost £25 for a full day course, whilst the “Evening with” events where various celebrities/subject experts give presentations cost £15
RoR keep horses on site and one can see 'behind the scenes' demonstrations every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The staff are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and talk you through their routine. They introduce you to the former racehorses and explain how most can be re-trained to become eventing, dressage or riding horses. The demonstration lasts about half an hour and although there is a small grandstand at the display ring most of the demo takes place outside so be sure to bring a coat.
This was our first visit and it won’t be our last.
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