THE HOME OF HORSERACING
Newmarket is a truly special place. It is a town with a rich, royal history where the thoroughbred racehorse is king. It is the town where horseracing, the "sport of kings", was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the world.
King Charles II returned to Newmarket 25 years after his last visit following Restoration to the Throne and spearheaded the development of the town, Racecourses and industry into what is affectionately known as the global headquarters of racing today; the Home of Horseracing. Still run to this day, the Town Plate, a race which by law, passed by King Charles II, must be run “for ever”, is still staged on the same three-and-three-quarter mile course on which it was inaugurated three and a half centuries ago (according to official records). It is the one and only time each year that the ‘Round Course’ is used.
Alongside the exhilarating excitement of world class flat racing, we also host pulsating music nights, great value family days, award-winning restaurants and exceptional conference & events facilities.
Key Events in Newmarket's calendar:
- 1666: King Charles II returned to Newmarket
- 1671: King Charles II is known to have competed in a race at Newmarket
- 1720: Result of the Newmarket Town Plate recorded in the Newmarket Match Book for the first time
- 1809: 2000 Guineas is inaugurated
- 1814: 1000 Guineas is run for the first time
- 1914: World War I - Official Royal Flying Corps in Newmarket
- 1915: Newmarket Continued Racing during World War I
- 1939: Rowley Mile became an official RAF Bomber Command Airbase
- 1949: Photo Finish was used for the first time at Newmarket
- 1974: Newmarket Racecourses became part of The Jockey Club
- 1974: Rookery Shopping Centre opened in Newmarket town
- 1987: Newmarket Nights established
- 2009: 200th running of the 2000 Guineas
- 2015: Kylie Minogue played at Newmarket Nights
- 2016: Newmarket Racecourses celebrate their 350th birthday in conjunction with Newmarket Town