The Home of Horseracing Trust

Campaign for a National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

The Home of Horseracing Trust has been formed with the objective of raising funds for a National Heritage Centre in the heart of Newmarket, the ‘Headquarters’ of British horseracing.

The project involves the restoration and sympathetic adaption of the historic Palace House and Stables site, built by Charles II and reputed to be the oldest racing stables examine right over here now in the country. The project will create or enable:

  • A new home for the National Horseracing Museum in the Trainers House and Kings Yard Stables
  • For the first time ever a national gallery of British Sporting Art – in Palace House
  • A live horse attraction and flagship home for the Retraining of Racehorses charity in Palace House stables
  • A major destination tourist attraction which contributes significantly to the economic regeneration of the town and region
  • The restoration of an important heritage site – the racing palace of Charles II

We would like to thank all our supporters to date, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of private charitable trusts and foundations  as we have now reached the £15 million mark, which enables us to get on with awarding the contract once the tenders have been returned and building work to start on site in autumn. Although we are past the all-important £15 million marker this is the minimum we needed to raise to fund the project and we are continuing to fundraise to ensure that we can, as a truly national heritage centre, provide the visitor with the very best displays and experience possible. For further information please contact the Project Coordinator by email:, or by phone on 01638 667333 (ext. 12).

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about this exciting project please download the benefactors brochure or go to the donations tab at the top of the page.

To see photographs of the site, plans and architects’ illustrations of what the completed project will look like click on ‘Site Plans’. For more information on the history and heritage of Newmarket as the ‘Headquarters’ of British Racing, click on ‘History’. For a virtual tour of the project click on ‘virtual tour’.

Latest News

  • Please click on the link below to read our latest project update newsletter, including photos of progress on-site: Winter 2014/15 newsletter

  • Contractors have moved on site and building work begun on the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. Stay with us for updates as we move forward and the project literally comes to life.