King's Yard Galleries

The King’s Yard is an opportunity to explore behind-the scenes of the horse racing world. Consisting of over eight galleries, each stable reveals a different area from the administration and security of racing to the working life, veterinary medicine, welfare and training of its human and equine participants.

The visitor experience would not be complete without a chance to ride a winner on our ever popular racehorse simulator!


Trainer's House

The main body of the Museum is situated in the Trainer’s House. In the first of five galleries you will be introduced to the origins of horseracing, the emergence of it as a national sport and Newmarket’s place in its development.

Moving into The Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred you will discover what makes the racehorse such a supreme and unique equine athlete and discover the secrets of the Thoroughbred pedigree by exploring the ultimate family tree and unravelling the genetic code.

‘A National Passion’ is the gallery which traces the progressive domestic organisation of racing from the mid-eighteenth century to the global sport it is today. Some important aspects here are the royal connections to racing, the Jockey Club’s activities, racing’s heroes and the social and political influences of the times.

The finale of the Trainer’s House galleries is ‘Sporting Glory’ a theatrical presentation showcasing some memorable and inspiring winning moments with the individuals involved.

Palace House

Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art

Situated in the remaining element of Charles II’s racing palace is the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art – a home for the British Sporting Art Trust.

Paintings by George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings rub shoulders with works from John Singer Sargent and John Wootton showcasing the finest British Sporting Art from around the UK.

Images of traditional rural pursuits are joined by some more surprising aspects of the subject: contemporary artwork from Peter Blake and Mark Wallinger. The gallery explores the development of these popular sporting images through paintings, sculpture, print-making and the applied arts. Significant loans have come from the Tate and Victoria & Albert Museum along with a number of private and public art collections.

Flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses

Rothschild Yard

The Rothschild Yard, built by Leopold de Rothschild in 1903, has been returned to its former glory to stable retrained racehorses. Four galleries in the yard explain the work of the Retraining of Racehorses charity and visitors will be able to meet former racehorses.

Meet the racehorses in the Rothschild Yard – get up close to the heroes of the sport, they are very friendly and love a pat! Our friendly staff will be onsite to assist you so please ask.

Find out how Thoroughbreds can be very effectively re-trained for a satisfying and successful life beyond horseracing. At 11am and 2:30pm there are Behind the Scenes tours with the ROR team for all visitors to enjoy

Every day the ‘Behind the Scenes’ RoR tour is different, while you will always see a horse working in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena there may be different disciplines on display.

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