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Wish you lived here?
Our series on desirable places to buy property in West Suffolk continues with a look at the home of racing
It may jut into Cambridgeshire, but Newmarket is very much part of West Suffolk, and is universally known as the home of horseracing. There is no getting away from its
strong links with the equestrian world. Apart from those directly employed in stables, on the stud farms or maintaining
the training grounds and racecourses, a huge proportion of the 15,000 inhabitants owe their livelihood, directly or indirectly, to the thoroughbred. As well as farriers, saddlers and feed merchants there are more than 100 veterinary surgeons working in the town.
What or where should a visitor to the town seek out? Well, let’s start with perhaps its best known landmark, the Clock Tower, built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
A short walk away, and just off the High Street, is The National Horse Racing Museum, opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It tells the story of racing – the people, the horses and the history and there’s a lovely restaurant here too. If you want an understanding of what it feels like to be a jockey there’s the chance to ride a horse simulator under the watchful eye of a retired jockey.
Further down the High Street you will
Elizabeth House at Kirtling, on sale with Cheffins, Newmarket, for £950,000
An aerial view of the town
Left: The Clock Tower, where many roads meet
find the Jockey Club Rooms, an exclusive, town centre venue and private members club which offers luxurious accommodation and the chance to view first class equine artwork in an elegant and historic setting. Another short walk will take you to Tattersalls, part of the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. A day at the sales can be fascinating.
We’ve already touched on Newmarket’s equine links so as you drive into the town
   Cheffins properties
  A five bedroom detached property in Newmarket, valued at £850,000

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