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Tours Information

From the 1st of January 2015, we will be part of the newly launched Discover Newmarket venture.  Aiming to promote tourism for the whole of the area, it will give visitors the opportunity to experience all of the world class attractions that Newmarket has to offer.  

Our tours will run as they always have but booking will now be handled by the team at Discover Newmarket.  If you'd like to book a tour from 1st January 2015 onwards you can contact them on:

0844 748 9200 or by e mail on admin@discovernewmarket.co.uk or check out their website for more information, www.discovernewmarket.co.uk

Until the 1st of January, you can still book with us in the usual way.

The National Stud opened its gates to the public for the first time in the mid 1970’s. To this day The National Stud remains the only commercial stud farm in the UK allowing individuals, small groups and large parties the chance to see behind the scenes of a working Thoroughbred stud farm.

Tours of The National Stud last approximately 90 minutes and are taken by coach and on foot. The tours focus on introducing visitors to the history and purpose of The National Stud as a commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation. The National Stud is a working commercial stud farm, so the physical content of the tours varies throughout the year, depending on the season and the activities happening on the stud when you visit. Some examples of tour highlights during different times of the year are shown below:

 
 

 Low Season

 January - February

 Some mares, some foals, stallions

 High Season

 March – June

 Mares, foals, stallions

 Low Season

 July – December

 Some mares, weaned foals, some foals and yearlings preparing for the

 sales, stallions



The National Stud is open for tours from February to October, so there is plenty of opportunity to re-visit the stud to experience different parts of the breeding year. Most tours include visits to the Foaling Unit and nursery paddocks in the early spring, where you may see newborn foals; the superb Stallion Unit, with the opportunity to see the stallions in their paddocks or going about their daily work, as well as visiting various yards and paddocks where you can watch the mares and foals grazing and enjoying the sunshine.

Visitors also have the opportunity to visit the 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House in his paddock and maybe even feed him a Polo!  Amberleigh House is available most days, unless he is attending a parade such as the Parade of Champions at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting.


“The National Stud offers a unique and memorable visitor experience that exceeds visitors’ expectations. Staff are well-deserving of the recent Jockey Club Team Award for the Coffee Shop and Tours, with visits being enhanced by the friendly and welcoming staff and the quality of cakes and food on offer in the café.”

VAQAS Quality Assessment Report.


Make your visit to The National Stud more memorable by visiting Wavertree’s Coffee and Gift Shop, which is open all year round for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Click here for details.

For beautiful summer days we have an extensive outdoor seating area so that you can sit and enjoy the surroundings of the stud, as well as the Weatherbys Pavilion where our resident artist Chris Winch has an abundance of beautiful paintings for sale. Click here for details.

There is plenty of free parking for cars and coaches, and we have full disabled access and facilities on the tours and in Wavertree’s Coffee and Gift Shop. Click here to view our Accessibility Statement.

 Book today – it’s a great visit for all the family 

Click HERE to go to our online ticketing website 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Foals are very susceptible to cold and wet weather, so in bad weather young foals will not be turned out in the paddocks and it may not always be possible to visit the Foaling Unit if there are any newborn foals that need quiet and recuperation.
  • Our stallions are busiest during the breeding season (February—June) so will not always be available to see during every tour and it is not always possible to see inside the covering shed during the breeding season. Stallions are not turned out during bad weather or during the Sales.

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Latest News

10.07.2014
National Stud tours awarded Certificate of Excellence
For the second year running our tours and coffee shop have recently been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.
03.03.2014
New online ticketing website and tours booking line now open for business!
Over the past few months we have been busy putting a new website together which we hope will make booking a place on one of our tours an easier and more convenient experience for our guests.
15.02.2014
Tours season is underway!
Today marks the start of tours season here at The National Stud!  Call us now to avoid missing out on getting a behind the scenes glimpse into life working on the stud, seeing our stallions, and n