Newmarket is considered to be the centre and home of horseracing in the UK. It is by far one of the oldest race courses, with the first race recorded as being held way back in 1622. There are two tracks in Newmarket; The Rowley Mile and The July Course, the Rowley mile being home to the Guineas Festival in May where 2 out of the 5 Classic Flat races are held each year.
The town of Newmarket is home to more than just the racecourse – according to the local council’s website, it is home to more than 70 training stables and over 100 veterinary surgeons. Newmarket is also the home of the National Horseracing museum and the National Stud – regarded highly as a centre for thoroughbred horse breeding.
The racing at Newmarket Racecourse is solely for flat racing and therefore the racing calendar there is restricted to April until October time.
As is standard at most racecourses, Newmarket has different levels of “enclosures”, which for each, different dress codes apply.
These are the best seats in the house, with access to the best facilities at the track. These tickets will also get you into ‘lower’ tier enclosures. Premier Admission ticket holders (and Annual Badge Holders, who are a step above Premier Admission tickets) have a separate entrance and their own car park. The main facility that you will gain access to at this level is the Millennium Grandstand – 3 floors of restaurants, bars and of course seats, close to the winning post, to watch the races from.
According to Newmarket’s own website, smart dress is required here, though jackets and ties are encouraged but not compulsory. Ladies are encouraged to wear hats, particularly for the Ritz Club July Festival.
Grandstand and Paddock Enclosures
Affording customers a lower level of access than the Premier Admission tickets, these areas still offer facilities that stand out from the general crowd in the Rowley Enclosure. Ticketholders have access to view the Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring and Winners’ Circle and to the Garden Enclosure. The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosures have a less strict dress code than the Premier Admission areas; smart shorts and jeans are allowed, but people still tend to dress smartly in these enclosures.
This is the basic level ticket, and you won’t be able to see the Parade Ring or Winner’s Circle from here. No dress code applies in this area.
Newmarket Racecourse has provided a PDF of directions and you can read that here. Alternatively just pop the postcode in the “Overview” box above into Multimap/Google Maps or into your satnav.
There are plenty of free car parking spaces available. A premier car park is available at a cost of £5 per car – for this you get to park close to the Premier Enclosure entrance and can reserve a spot in advance.
Mainline trains run regularly to Cambridge – from there you can either grab a taxi to the racecourse or take the coach service put on by the racecourse themselves, though this leaves at specific intervals, so if you miss it, you’ll need to find an alternative way to get there.