West Suf­folk

The spir­i­tual home of St Ed­mund and thor­ough­bred horserac­ing

EADT Suffolk - - WEST SUFFOLK -

NEW­MAR­KET

The home of thor­ough­bred horse rac­ing has a fas­ci­na­tion like no other. Where else can you walk down the street and share the space with some of the world’s most im­pres­sive sport­ing equines, as they make their way back to the yards from a morn­ing on the Gal­lops?

To re­ally make the most of a visit the best thing to do is to book a tour via Dis­cover New­mar­ket. The Fea­ture Tour is a ter­rific in­tro­duc­tion to what makes New­mar­ket tick. It in­cludes a visit to New­mar­ket Gal­lops where you see some of the 3,000 race­horses ex­er­cis­ing on the 2,500 acres of Jockey Club Es­tates land. Then a be­hindthe-scenes tour of a busy rac­ing yard and a visit to the pres­ti­gious mem­bers’ only club, The Jockey Club Rooms, founded in the 18th cen­tury. Won­der­fully pre­served, they still dis­play orig­i­nal fea­tures from the days when gen­tle­men, politi­cians and roy­alty met to dis­cuss, wa­ger and ar­gue over their race­horses. You get a guided tour of the The Jockey Club’s in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of sport­ing art and rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, fol­lowed by a three-course lunch. Other tours in­clude The Na­tional Her­itage Cen­tre, the Na­tional Stud, Tat­ter­salls and a chance to meet cham­pion trainer John Gos­den and visit Dal­ham Hall yard, plus race day pack­ages and more. dis­cov­ernew­mar­ket.co.uk

BURY ST ED­MUNDS

A great base for an ex­plo­ration of west Suf­folk. The el­e­gant Ge­or­gian town has some ex­cel­lent ho­tels, an in­ter­est­ing range of restau­rants, in­clud­ing fine din­ing, good mid-range in­de­pen­dents and chains, cafes, pubs and bars, a sim­i­larly good mix of re­tail, and high qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment venues, in­clud­ing The Apex and the Theatre Royal. The town’s her­itage is bound up in St Ed­mund – Ed­mund the Mar­tyr, King of East Anglia in the 9th cen­tury AD – its role in the found­ing of the Magna Carta, its mag­nif­i­cent cathe­dral and Abbey ru­ins set among beau­ti­ful gar­dens and as a mar­ket town, vi­tal to the life of the west’s agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity. visit-buryst­ed­munds.co.uk

ICK­WORTH

Now in the care of The Na­tional Trust, Ick­worth is an el­e­gant cu­rios­ity of a place that traces its ori­gins back to the Domes­day book, when it was merely one of hun­dreds of as­sets be­long­ing to the Abbey of Bury St Ed­munds. Its as­so­ci­a­tion with the Her­vey fam­ily be­gan three cen­turies later in 1432, when Thomas Her­vey ac­quired the land by mar­riage. Through suc­cess and scan­dal, Ick­worth was the fam­ily’s home for the next 500 years. Thomas’ de­scen­dants set about trans­form­ing the an­cient deer-park into an aris­to­cratic par­adise. Ex­plore its colour­ful her­itage and wan­der through the beau­ti­ful gar­dens and park­lands. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ick­worth

Weird Suf­folk - Abbey Gar­dens, Bury St Ed­munds

All the ac­tion at New­mar­ket Race­course

The Ick­worth Ro­tunda, part of Ick­worth Es­tate

ABOVE: Book a New­mar­ket tour and watch rac­ing from the grand­stand

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