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“A high entrance fee for little amusement”

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Newmarket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited the Horceracing Museum last weekend and I must admit I'm disappointed.
The museum is very small, there were only 6 rooms to see, 2 of them were the rooms for
special exhibitions. The museum itself is wheelchair friendly.
Don't bother to bring your camera as it's not allowed to take pictures inside the museum.

Besides a lot to read (and choruses of praise for the jockeys, the horses and the money
stuffed aristocratic owners of the horses), and some very macabre body pieces of horses
(a mounted horse head of one of the most famous horses which looked as if the horse
is still looking out of its box! A tail of a horse, a hoof of a horse and the skeleton of this
horse, which stands as a statue in front of the museum!) there is actually not a lot to
The only plus for the little visitors might be the horse simulator and the jockey costumes
and helmets which can be tried on.
Apart from that, there is nothing which I would consider worth the money.
To see the setting of a horse stable I don't really have to go into a museum.
The entrance fee of £6,50 for an adult appears rather high!
If you compare free museums like the Tate Gallery to it, where you can actually spend a lot of time and see many things, it seems ridiculous that you have to pay for a small museum like this.
The tickets can be stamped to gain access to it for a complete year, but if you have visited it once, there is no need to come back as you've seen everything and it is not that
entertaining that you would wish to see it over and over again.
The cashier told us there would be an additional art and craft exhibition in the house which
then turned out to be one small room with a few handmade pieces of jewellery and some polymer clay figurines, all made by the local crafts club!
I was really surprised how a small museum like that, can be so expensive and make such
a fuss about itself, without actually offering something really amazing!
The building itself is rather pretty inside, so if you fancy some nice old architecture you might like the location. The cafe inside the museum was ok, the scone which I had was tasty, the prices are acceptable for home made food.
In the museum shop you could get a few Newmarket souvenirs, but also a lot of stuff
made in china which you would get much cheaper on ebay and I would not recommend
to buy any of it just because it has a horse printed on it!

All in all I must say, I'm happy that I was invited to see the museum,
as I had been surely not happy to pay £6,50 for this attraction.
If you are totally into racing, jockeys and dead animal parts then go for it.
Also if your children would love to ride a horse simulator it's worth a visit.
If you are looking for some entertainment and you simply want to have a nice day out
no matter what the subject is, then I would not recommend the horse racing museum, as it takes about 30 mins. until you are done! At the most!

Thank sasana
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A very enjoyable visit - John Snaith (former jockey and son of the great Willie Snaith) was very informative. I would recommend the homemade food in the cafe - but remember to get your 10% discount voucher, which comes with the entry ticket to the museum, before you order your food.
I found the museum a little difficult to find - better signposting would help.

Thank winchcombe1_13
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Fantastic array of homemade meals and cakes - great for afternoon tea or luch with friends - you won't be disappointed!

1  Thank Tattsfilly
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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Title says it all, this was such a fun afternoon out, the best bit was the horse simulator by far, it was informative and the staff were very smiley and helpful :-)

Thank Tinks96
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited the museum after a week at centre parcs elvenden as it's a short drive away
My 6 year old son is obsessed with horses so just the drive into Newmarket was brilliant seeing all the young horses exercising with the jockeys
The museum cost us £15 for a family ticket 2 adults 2 under 6 and one oap ( nana)
Lots of colouring /felt opportunities for kids whilst mum and dad read the very interesting exhibits learned lots then the absolute high light was the interactive room
We all got to ride the race horse simulator ! Which was rather challenging on the thighs
Kids got to choose silks helmet etc great fun daddy went fastest !!!
Very friendly informative patient staff
Lovely cafe with home made ingredients lovely
Recommended to while away an hour or 2 !

1  Thank westiekate
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