National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket

The King's Yard
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The National Heritage Centre is a five acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses. We have a restaurant, bakery and shop onsite. Visits can take from 3 hours to a full day, and sometimes even more... However, don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in in one day – you can purchase an annual ticket or upgrade on the day meaning you can come back as many times as you want from 12 months of purchase.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open daily 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Day tickets:
Adult: £12
Child: £7
Family: £35 (2 adults and 4 children)

Annual tickets:
Adult: £20
Child: £15
Concession: £18
Family: £45

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

For people travelling by car there are a number of car parks in Newmarket as shown on the map. The two closest to the National Heritage Centre are Rous Road, CB8 8LX(short stay) and All Saints CB88ET (long stay) car parks. Please follow the parking signs and brown Museum signs when you reach Newmarket. For more details on all the Newmarket Car Parks please click here.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Macaroni horse hoof

Take a look: From Horse Hoof to Inkwell

  • 26 February — 1 June 2018 *on now

To celebrate The Civilisation Festival a special display from the collection has been curated to highlight a type of object which now divides opinion.
Fifteen Victorian and twentieth-century horses’ hooves will be on display in the Atrium of the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket. These hooves once belonged to famous racehorses, and were lovingly converted into decorative art objects such as inkwells and candlesticks. This special display will look to pose the questions; how do we feel about this now? Is it art? What does it tell us about how society has changed since then?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk/events/day-tickets

James-Ward-1769–1859-Fight-between-a-Lion-and-a-Tiger-©-The-Fitzwilliam-Museum

James Ward: Animal Painter

  • 4 May — 28 October 2018 *on now

Brought together for a rare viewing, are paintings including the artist’s arresting Fight between a Lion and a Tiger (1797) on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and View in Tabley Park (1813-18), on loan from Tate. Additional works on display will include a series of delicately rendered drawings demonstrating Ward’s precise draughtsmanship, on loan from the British Museum and a selection of the renowned Lithographic Drawings of Celebrated Horses.

James Ward (1769-1859) produced hundreds of animal depictions in the Golden Age of animal painting, between Stubbs and Landseer. The exhibition will explore special characteristics of Ward’s works, including his focus on the emotional drama of his subject.

The chronological development of Ward’s works will be considered with an examination of the changes that occurred during this life with the progression from engraving to painting. In particular, the effect of Ward’s election to the Royal Academy of Art in 1811, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and his appointment as painter and engraver to the Prince of Wales. The exhibition will also explore how particular animals informed his artistic approach, now recognised as Romantic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Day tickets:
Adult: £12
Child: £7
Family: £35 (2 adults and 4 children)

Website

https://www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk/categories/tickets

Getting there

For people travelling by car there are a number of car parks in Newmarket as shown on the map. The two closest to the National Heritage Centre are Rous Road, CB8 8LX(short stay) and All Saints CB88ET (long stay) car parks. Please follow the parking signs and brown Museum signs when you reach Newmarket. For more details on all the Newmarket Car Parks please click here.

National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket
Palace House
Palace Street
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 8EP
England

Website

https://www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk/

E-mail

info@palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

Telephone

01638 667314

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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