Places To See On A Day Trip From Newmarket
Newmarket is the horse racing capital of the United Kingdom, hosting two famous race tracks, the July Course and the Rowley Mile, and two of the five English classics in the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas. Around 50 of the nation’s leading trainers have made it their home, and the human population of approximately 20,000 is joined by an equine contingent of more than 3,600. There’s certainly lots to see and do in Newmarket, whether it’s a race day or not, but here are three more exciting destinations just a short drive away.
Cambridge, 13 miles to the west of Newmarket, is renowned across the globe as the home of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Founded in 1209 it has produced some of the greatest minds in many fields, from Charles Darwin to Lord Byron, and it can claim 15 British prime ministers and 116 Nobel laureates among its alumni. The colleges themselves are often stunningly beautiful as well as being steeped in history, but the city has much more to offer than just its seats of learning. Situated around the city are many fine restaurants and quaint bars to suit every taste, and if the weather is sunny there’s little more relaxing than being punted down the River Cam.
St. Neots, in the ancient county of Huntingdonshire, is 30 miles west of Newmarket, and well worth a visit for anyone in the area. A historic priory built in 980 made the town a place of pilgrimage, but now many people choose to make it their home for its excellent commuter links to Cambridge and London to the south. St. Neots has housing to suit all budgets, for sale and to rent, and there is also affordable self storage close by thanks to Morespace Storage, which can be an invaluable facility for those moving into the area. The River Great Ouse and the ruins of a Norman tower make this one of the most picturesque little towns that England has to offer, so it’s little wonder that it’s population and popularity is growing.
Fourteen miles north of Newmarket sits Ely, gateway to the fens. It’s population of just over 20,000 makes it one of the ten smallest cities in the United Kingdom, and it owes its status to the thing that draws tourists to it: the magnificent Ely Cathedral. It dominates the city, but despite the compact nature of Ely it has plenty more for visitors to see and do as well. One particular highlight is the Ely Eel Festival, held every May, harking back to the days before the fens were drained in this area, when eel fishing was a major part of the local economy.
Ely, Cambridge, and St. Neots are all within easy commuting distance of Newmarket, and all make a great day out for people staying in the centre of the sport of kings. From floating peacefully down the River Cam to a meal in the world class restaurants of St. Neots or Ely, they are ideal places to relax before the adrenalin rush of a day at the races.