Newmarket, England

Newmarket, England became Lexington’s Sister City in 2003. Both cities agreed that it made sense for these two towns to be Sister Cities: Lexington as the Horse Capital of the World, and Newmarket as the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing. And truly, both towns are all about the horse.


Located in Suffolk, Newmarket is only 60 miles from London and 12 miles from Cambridge. As a small town of about 20,000 people and 3,000 racehorses, about one in three jobs in Newmarket are connected to horse racing. The Queen of England keeps her horses in Newmarket, and regularly visits to see them train.


There are two racecourses in the town: the July Course and the Rowley Mile. In addition, Newmarket is also home to the Jockey Club, the British Racing School, the National Stud, Tattersalls Horse Auction Pavilion, and the National Horse Racing Museum. Dalham Stud, owned by Darley Farms, is also located in Newmarket. Two of the most advanced equine hospitals in the world, the Newmarket Equine Hospital and Rossdales, are located here as well.


When visiting Newmarket and the beautiful Forest Heath Region in East Anglia, you’ll experience art museums, amazing Cathedrals and Britain’s largest lowland pine forest.

LExington and Newmarket

Goals of Lexington-Newmarket Sister Cities Relationship:

  • Build a strong bond of friendship between the people and communities of Lexington and Newmarket.
  • Build upon the love of the thoroughbred horse and horse industry already shared between the two cities.
  • For both cities to benefit from exchanges in the following areas: youth and education; arts and culture; municipal; professional; and tourism/business.


Annual Youth Exchange

  • High School Student Exchange-- Encourages international relations and diplomacy in young people by providing a cultural experience for both Lexington and Newmarket students as well as their families.

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