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Royal Yard Tour with Discover Newmarket

By kind permission of Royal Trainer William Haggas, Discover Newmarket has been given exclusive access for our visitors to go behind the scenes and tour the yard where His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla, have horses in training.

  • 2nd May 2024 - 30th March 2024
  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Royal Trainer William Haggas opens his doors for a personal tour of Somerville Lodge. Once again, by kind permission, Discover Newmarket has been given exclusive access for our visitors to go behind the scenes and tour the yard where His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla, have horses in training. You will then be taken to the Gallops by the trainer to see their horses being exercised.

After enjoying brunch at the 2AA rosette restaurant at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, you will be taken on a guided tour of the National Stud which includes a Stallion Parade, where you will be able to meet the multi Group One winning stallion, Stradivarius.

Your tour concludes with a visit to the impressive National Horseracing Museum, which is located on the former site of King Charles II’s Palace and Stables. Here, you will be able to spend the afternoon learning about the fascinating history of the town and how Royalty has played such a huge part in racing throughout the centuries including of course, today. Watch the delightful TV coverage of when the late Queen Elizabeth II won the 2016 Royal Ascot Gold Cup, with her horse Estimate and view the Royal Racing silks. Explore the amazing collection of British Sporting Art and meet the resident horses before enjoying a cream tea in the Tack Room, the onsite restaurant.

William Haggas, Somerville Lodge
Six Time Classic-winning trainer, William Haggas is one of the most respected trainers in the headquarters of British racing in Newmarket. Since training his first winner in 1987 he has had over 2,000 winners. 2021 was a record breaking year with over 180 winners including three Group 1’s.

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Facilities

  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Restaurant

Accessibility Facilities

  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
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