19th September – Opening date for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House.
The eagerly anticipated opening date for the soft opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket will be on Monday 19th September. Exactly 350 years since the return of Charles II to the town, his palace and stable yard have been transformed into a world class destination for the public to enjoy. The soft launch will be a staged opening of each phase of the National Heritage Centre, beginning with Palace House and the Rothschild Yard, joined later by The King’s Yard and finally The Trainer’s House. The official opening ceremony will be later in the year.
The National Heritage Centre is situated in the remains of Charles II’s sporting
palace and stables, and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; the new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses, in the flagship yard of Retraining of Racehorses.
The opening of the National Heritage Centre at Palace House sees the result of over ten years planning, fundraising and construction. It will be the biggest new attraction to open in Suffolk in the last decade. The project is an important example of partnership across the public, private and charity sectors, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Forest Heath District Council, Suffolk County Council, the Racing Industry as well as many private trusts, foundations and individuals from the world of horseracing and beyond.
Tickets purchased directly from The National Heritage Centre at Palace House can be converted at no extra cost into a 1-YEAR PASS, giving 12 months’ complimentary admission to the site.
1-YEAR PASSES are valid from the date of purchase and are non-transferable (Terms & Conditions apply).