HM The Queen has officially opened The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

The 3 main sections are:  the National Horseracing Museum (NHRM); Palace House, which houses the British Sporting Art Trust, and, perhaps the most exciting, the Rothschild Yard, where ex-racehorses are stabled - a living equine museum!

This whole wonderful enterprise tells the story of horseracing from its origins to the global sport it is today. The NHRM collection of artworks, paintings, artifacts, trophies & silks is enhanced enormously by interactive & audiovisual aids. These cover every aspect of racing, breeding & equine medicine. There is a seniors & child's discount. Brilliantly, you can convert your day ticket to a year's pass at reception & I advise everyone to do that!

Across the road in Palace House is a stunning collection of sporting art. Stubbs; Munnings; Sargent rub shoulders with Peter Blake & Mark Wallinger in the remaining portion of Charles II's racing palace. It is, truly, breathtaking and a total vindication of all those who strove to house the UK's sporting art here.

For racing fans everywhere a visit to the Rothschild yard is an absolute must! You just don't know who you'll meet. Yours truly was blown away when meeting Our Vic, one of my all-time faves! Daily displays, talks & explanatory exhibits emphasize the sterling work done by the ROR.

The Tack Room provides excellent food with a smaller Pantry shop selling artisan produce. The museum shop sells everything from clothes to books to bears & is a real Aladdin's cave for great prezzies! There are plenty of loos & lifts too if mobility is an issue.

Many of the 'workers' are volunteers. The museum welcomes applications from enthusiastic racing fans. Please contact for more information.
I loved my visit.

My only criticism is that one day just isn't enough to explore and experience the many delights & surprises this gem has to offer! You WILL need to convert to a year's pass - as you'll be back!

Kate Austin
Secretary: LRC

ROR: Walkon - what a poser! Almost white now.

ROR: Our Vic, on his hols from the BRS, sharing the love with yard Manager, Sue Molloy!

    The mighty Ribot's raceplate mounted on a silver base after winning the 1956 King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - a nice little warm up before winning the Arc - again! Not too shabby!
  2. The superbly restored Rothschild yard
    The superbly restored Rothschild yard
    Where the ROR horses are stabled. A living museum & a visitors' must-see! Behind this is the menage, where twice-daily displays are given to show how racehorses are being retrained for their new life.
  3. A converted stable
    A converted stable
    A converted stable becomes a ladies' loo! Liked that the original features were kept.
  4. Museum shop
    Museum shop
    Part of the amazing Museum shop. There's literally something for everyone here & you'll definitely need to build in browsing-time! The staff are so helpful. Great for prezzie buying (hint!).