The Best Hotels to Book near Newmarket Racecourse

Stay near Newmarket Racecourse to make the most of your time here
Stay near Newmarket Racecourse to make the most of your time here | © PA Images / Alamy
Kim Gregory

Newmarket Racecourse is often called the ‘Home of British Horse Racing’ thanks to its long-standing sporting history and two courses for British Thoroughbred racing – the July Course and the Rowley Mile.

There’s more, too: from many excellent restaurants and bars – like the trackside pavilion with its garden party atmosphere – to events like champagne festivals and DJ-spinning gigs. Stay in any of these nearby hotels for a racecourse experience with your chance to explore nearby Cambridge and beyond – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa

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Find riding history at this former Georgian hunting lodge once owned by notorious gentleman rider and trainer, George Baird. View their collection of racing silks and the famous paddocks and training stables adjacent to the rose garden. Don’t miss the spa’s rooftop hot tub or the award-winning restaurant. Rooms and suites have big windows and plenty of sumptuous seating and fabrics. For extra privacy, book the Mews with two chic rooms, a suite and a private dining area.

2. Novotel Cambridge North Hotel


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From the indoor pool to the fully-equipped gym, it’s all about the facilities at Novotel. Drink and dine at the stylish bar – think overhead hanging lamps and cool wall art – on grilled seafood and classic cocktails. Come breakfast, it’s a continental buffet. The seven meeting rooms are handy – as is the car park with Newmarket a 25-minute drive away. Take a five-minute train to Cambridge city centre for exploring and bring along your dog – they’re welcome in the contemporary rooms.

3. Leverton House Bed and Breakfast

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Make yourself at home in cosy rooms at Leverton House with its five-star environmental award. There’s a lovely garden and patio for sun-soaking and free off-road parking means you can easily drive 11mi to Newmarket. Breakfast is the highlight: you’ll be spoilt for choice between smoked salmon dishes and the full English with Newmarket sausage – or no meat at all – plus pots of tea and steaming coffee. It’s all served on patterned homeware in the delightful dining room.

4. The Jockey Club Rooms


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Grandeur is on the cards at this historically founded club in central Newmarket. The silver service Georgian dining room is exquisite with equine masterpieces and a magnificent chandelier. Be sure to take a tour – offered alongside champagne afternoon tea – of the opulent estate and learn about its fascinating history. Non-members can stay during certain periods: book the King Suite and you’ll enjoy a four-poster bed, bay windows overlooking the manicured grounds and Edward VII’s original bath.

5. Arundel House Hotel

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Big windows and patterned fabrics make a bright stay at Arundel – whether you’re in the main house or the renovated coach house with garden-view rooms. Tuck into a traditional cream tea in the Conservatory Brasserie with its rattan armchairs and dotted-around plants and flowers. There’s a patio for sunny days and a cool Victorian-style bar – featuring fireplace, armchairs and chintz curtains – that’s perfect for nightcaps. The hotel – with a car park – is half an hour drive from Newmarket.

6. The Rosery Country House Hotel


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In quaint Exning – close to Newmarket – you’ll find this quintessential family-friendly hotel. See the pretty gardens through your room’s bay windows with classic-style seating, bold wallpapers and, in one room, a four-poster bed. Dine on fresh, locally sourced British classics in the fairy light-strung conservatory, followed by cheese and port, or peach and raspberry cheesecake. The bar pours traditional and new ales with lots of wine options. Hire a function room and the team will help you organise any business events.

7. Imperial Cambridge Hotel


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Explore Cambridge during your visit with a stay at Imperial, close to Botanic Garden and the University. You’ll receive a warm welcome here, where the motto is the “comforts of home.” Indeed, rooms are cosy with classic-style furnishings and wallpaper: there’s a big family room available, too. Outside, find a garden with a peaceful water feature and a place to park for free – perfect for your trip to Newmarket.

8. The Black Bull Inn


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This 16th-century Grade II Listed inn has won numerous AA rosettes for its frequently-changing menu of gastropub classics. The dining area is a beautifully restored barn with oak-panelled, high-vaulted ceilings – feel free to eat on the lamplit, garden-side patio or in the firelit bar with overhead beams and stained glass windows. Don’t miss the pub’s own, locally brewed ale. Your dog-friendly, four-star room is in a neighbouring guest house – complete with custom design curtains, solid oak flooring and fully-tiled bathrooms.

9. The Old Hall, Ely

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B&Bs just got luxury at this recently renovated Jacobean manor house. Choose a lake or terrace-view room – each glamorously individually designed and strewn with antiques, handmade furniture and complimentary White Company toiletries. Breakfast is served in the pretty, airy dining rooms – as are sophisticated dinners and splendid afternoon teas – with views of either the peaceful gardens and Ely Cathedral. Make time to relax in the shared areas, especially the log fire sitting room.

Need somewhere to stay after a big day at Newmarket Racecourse? Look no further than unique local Cambridge stays or check out the best luxury hotels in Cambridge for some well-deserved luxury, all bookable through Culture Trip. Stop by a quaint pub for a local ale while you’re there or explore more of the countryside in the most beautiful gardens in the region.

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