Newmarket - British Racecourse
The Home of Racing.
About Newmarket Racecourse:
It is the town where horse racing, the "sport of kings", was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the world.
Racing's headquarters is home to two of the premier racecourses in the UK - The July Racecourse and The Rowley Mile Racecourse. As home to the first two British Classic races, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, top class racing is assured along with the opportunity to enjoy the superb facilities of the Millennium Grandstand or the garden party atmosphere of the July Racecourse. Some 3000 horses are in training in the immediate vicinity of this unique racing town, which is only an hour from London by road from the M11 or by rail. The two Classics are held on the Rowley Mile course in early May as are the big autumn fixtures, headed by Champions Day. In high summer the July meeting takes pride of place on the course of the same name. Both courses are galloping with ultra-long straights. Young persons under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge to all enclosures on most race days.
Flat (July Course)- July course is 2 miles 24 yards, with right-handed bend at halfway, the first mile being part of the Cesarewitch course, the last the straight Bunbury Mile. All races up to a mile are on straight course. Undulating, rising the last furlong to the post.
Flat (Rowley Mile)- Right-handed 2m2f Cesarewitch Course turning into undulating 1m2f straight. Uphill final furlong exposes stamina weaknesses. Wide and galloping; a good test.
Getting there, directions and parking:
The Rowley Mile: Sat Nav postcode: CB8 0TF
The July Course: Sat Nav postcode - CB8 0XE
Train - Regular commuter services run from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Stansted Airport and Ipswich where onward connections by rail or road can be made to Newmarket.
Bus - A complimentary shuttle bus service runs on all race days between Newmarket town centre and the racecourse. Starting approximately 2 hours before the first race the service picks up outside Hughes Electrical Store on the High Street and at the train station. The return journeys from the racecourse commence around 45 minutes before the last race and continue for up to 2 hours.
The bus will drop off at the train station and at the bus stop on The Avenue (just off the High Street).
Parking - Both courses offer ample free car parking.
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Places to stay nearby:
Newmarket Boutique Aparthotel (2.2 miles)
54 Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BT, England
Tel: 01633 530015
Premier Inn Newmarket Hotel (1.5 miles)
Fred Archer Way, Newmarket CB8 8NY, England
Tel: 0871 527 9296
The Old Plough (5.3 miles)
26 High Street, Ashley, Newmarket CB8 9DX
Tel: 01638 730110
The Bell Inn (5.7 miles)
Newmarket Road, Kennett, Newmarket CB8 7PP
Tel: 01638 750333