Late Opening Times for Groups

21st March 2017

Late Opening Hours for Groups at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House is delighted to announce that it will kingsgate-native-poses-with-a-group-visit

opening up an opportunity for groups to visit after normal opening hours on the last Wednesday of each month from April – September. Late opening hours will be from 5pm – 8pm and will give groups that are unable to visit the new attraction during normal opening hours, 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 that are familiar with the old Museum might not expect to see displayed! In the Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred, the evolution, anatomy, breeding of race horses is visitors-in-the-thoroughbred-galleryexplored through video displays and audio-visual interactives. Of course your visit won’t be complete without having a go on our race horse simulator and see just how fit a jockey has to be to ride in a race… Trust us it won’t take long before your legs start to burn!!

In the old Royal palace, originally built for Charles II, is the Fred Packard Gallery of British Sporting Art. Here, sporting art is displayed over three floors spanning from 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 Allred Munnings to Sir William Orpen, John Singer Sargen, John Skeaping and Nic Fiddian Green – there will be something to capture any art lover’s imagination!

There will also be the chance to meet some old racing heroes in the Rothschild visitors-brave-the-rain-to-watch-ray-ward-in-the-ror-displayYard, where horses such as Our Vic, Kingsgate Native, Walkon and The Cheka have been stabled since the attraction opened in November. To see who is currently stabled in the Rothschild Yard click here.

After you have explored the five acre site, you might need somewhere to sit down and relax! 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.

Don’t forget to visit the Palace House Shop before you go!



Groups can enjoy reduced admission prices on day visits for groups of 15 people or more.

  • Groups: £15.50 per person
  • Concession Groups: £14.50 per person


  • Free admission for the group organiser
  • A Free preliminary visit for group organiser or coach operator/driver (for 1 person – single visit admission). These must be pre-booked with the bookings office
  • A visitor information site map on arrival
  • Free coach parking next to the main entrance
  • Free lunch voucher for the coach driver Group bookings and payment
  • Pre-booking is required for group visits to Palace House Newmarket.