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The Isle of Man TT Races

The Isle of Man TT is the ultimate 'must see it' event for motorsport fans across the globe. Every May and June the Isle of Man, a tiny country between England and Ireland, turns into motorcycle nirvana as the world’s greatest road racers gather to test themselves against the incredible ‘Mountain Course’

The Isle of Man TT Races 2021

Sunday 30th May - Friday 11th June 2021

The 2021 Isle of Man TT Races begins on Sunday 30th May with an opening ceremony and party in the park held at the TT Grandstand as well as The first afternoon qualifying session which is a new and welcomed addition to the TT schedule. From Monday to Tuesday, qualifying sessions revert back to evening sessions with the final qualifying session taking place on Friday afternoon.

From Saturday 5th June onwards you can look forward to a full racing schedule with a full day of racing on Saturday where you will enjoy a 3 lap sidecar race along with the thrilling Superbike race. Superbike Saturday is followed by ‘Mad Sunday’ where fans can have their own ride around the world famous TT course. Racing then takes place on alternate days, Monday, Wednesday and Friday known locally as Senior Race day which features the final sidecar race and concluding Senior TT.

There will be an action packed programme of events and entertainment held at the TT Grandstand and across the entire Island so no matter when you choose to visit there will always be something to do.

The Schedule

When do the Isle of Man TT Races take place?

The TT takes place over a 2 week period with the first week dominated by practice sessions followed by a week of racing with the first race day taking place on the Saturday before Mad Sunday with racing then held on alternate days (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Practice Week is becoming increasingly more popular for first time and seasoned visitors alike with practice sessions taking place most evenings you have the days free to explore the natural beauty that the Island has to offer. Mad Sunday always falls on the first Sunday of June and is a popular date in motorcycle fans' diaries with plenty of meets, events and parades taking place across the Island.

Qualifying

  • Sunday 30th May - Qualifying
  • Monday 31st May - Qualifying
  • Tuesday 1st June - Qualifying

Qualifying

  • Wednesday 2nd June - Qualifying
  • Thursday 3rd June - Qualifying
  • Friday 4th June - Qualifying

Race Days

  • Saturday 5th June - Race Day 1
  • Monday 7th June - Race Day 2
  • Wednesday 9th June - Race Day 3
  • Friday 11th June - Race Day 4

How To Get Here

How to travel to the Isle of Man TT Races

The Isle of Man is easily accessible by ferry and plane from key regional ports across the UK and Ireland. The ferry company which operates between the North West of England and the East Coast of Ireland is the Steam Packet Company with regular services between Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast during the summer months. Services are increased over the TT fortnight however it pays to be flexible with your dates and consider travelling without your vehicle.

Ferry bookings for TT operate on a deposit system where a provisional sailing schedule is available a year in advance allowing you to book your space for following TT with the final fares and schedule being released in December..

The Isle of Man is also well served by key airports including London Gatwick, Manchester and Dublin meaning that our international visitors have a selection of airports to choose from when making their travel plans. Flying is often seen as an attractive alternative to travelling by ferry and is quick and convenient with flight times averaging between 30 and 60 minutes from the UK and Ireland.

Visitor Information

Useful information for all the events

The Isle of Man has an extensive public transport network with Railways, Trams and Buses all providing services that can be used by TT visitors to get round.

The most useful bus route for accessing vantage points around the course is the number 5 bus. You can download the special TT service schedule here: TT Bus Service

The number 3 service between Douglas and Ramsey via Laxey and the coast road is another useful option for race fans looking to get around the Course. Download the schedule here: TT Bus Service

For more details on bus services see the official Isle of Man Bus website here: Isle of Man Bus

As its name suggests the Mountain Railway is a great way of reaching one of the highest points on the Isle of Man TT Course. Catch the trams from its terminus in Laxey, or travel via the sister service - the Manx Electric Railway - from either Douglas or Ramsey and arrive at the Bungalow in style. Access to either side of the Course is possible via the footbridge.

The Steam Railway runs between Port Erin in the South of the island and Douglas. Useful especially for visitors staying at the Colby Glamping site.

Full timetable for all services available here: IOM Railways Timetable

The Isle of Man has an extensive network of Greenlanes (bridleways) open to mountain bikes, horses and off-road bikes. Many of the Greenlanes run through the hills and valleys in the centre of the Course making for a great way to watch from more than one vantage point during the race.

Download the map here: Outdoor Leisure Map

For information about Greenlane use see the IOM Government website here: Greenlanes

The Ronaldsway Met Office plays a vital role in informing the Clerk of the Course about conditions around the island, allowing him to make accurate judgements about whether racing can go ahead or not. Stay up to date with the latest local weather here: Isle of Man Weather

Where To Stay

Where to stay at the Isle of Man TT Races

here are a vast amount of accommodation options to choose from when visiting the Island. During TT there are a number of temporary camping and glamping sites to choose from along with the ever popular IOMTT Village situated at the TT Grandstand. The IOMTT Village is the ideal location for those fans who want to be as close to the action as you can get, made up of 160 twin bedded individual cabins the village is just a short walk away from the grandstand and local amenities including a supermarket, petrol station and Douglas promenade.

In addition to the temporary accommodation which is available the Island has a large number of self catering properties, hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest accommodation. If you are looking for a home away from home then the IOMTT homestay scheme might be an option, operated by Miquando it offers exactly what it says on the tin either staying with local families or as a self catering option.

Where To Watch

Best places to watch the Isle of Man TT Races

Most parts of the TT circuit allows spectators to watch the racing free of charge. You have the freedom to sit or stand (within the non-restricted zones) and watch as the bikes zoom past at over 180mph! You will have to get to your favourite spot early as the hedges quickly become full.

There are a number of grandstands situated around the course including at the start/finish line at the TT Grandstand and Hillberry which are both popular vantage points. Many visitors choose to spectate from a grandstand at least once during their visit allowing them to soak up the atmosphere with like minded people and with a different view. If you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to enhance your Isle of Man TT experience why don’t you treat you or a loved one to one to a hospitality package at the TT Grandstand. You will have the chance to rub shoulders with the riders before watching the action from your very own private grandstand whilst enjoying sumptuous local food and drink.

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