At Horse & Country we are used to rubbing shoulders with royalty, but we were pretty impressed with Palace House, which features in the latest episode of Rudall’s Round-Up.
Built in 1606 in the heart of Newmarket, Palace House occupies the last remaining part of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables. It is now the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art and comprises three big attractions: the new National Horseracing Museum, the National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and the flagship yard of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
The art gallery showcases the finest British sporting art from around the UK, with paintings by George Stubbs, Sir Alfred Munnings, John Singer Sargent and John Wootton.
The National Horseracing Museum is housed in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Stables, which were used for training racehorses until the mid-1980s, when it was redeveloped.
The Rothschild Yard has also undergone serious renovation and has been returned to its former glory to stable retrained racehorses. This flagship yard for RoR shows how Thoroughbreds can be re-trained for a successful life beyond horseracing.
Jenny got to meet some of these beautiful horses during her tour of Palace House – and she also had a ride on a racehorse simulator.
Find out she got on and take a sneak peak inside this stunning homage to horse racing.
Don’t miss Rudall’s Round-Up: Palace House when it premieres on Monday 11 June at 8.30pm.