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5 Reasons to Visit this Year’s Isle of Man TT

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For two weeks in May and June each year, a tiny island between Ireland and England is taken over by one of the most exciting sporting events in the world.

Up to 30,000 fans flock in annually for the legendary Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, in which the world’s greatest road racers test themselves on the infamous Mountain Course, a 37.73 mile long stretch of tarmac that weaves around the island, offering plenty of high-octane thrills along the way. 

And it’s not just motorbikes bringing the excitement: the Isle of Man TT is the perfect opportunity for visitors to explore this beautiful island with its rolling green hills and pristine beaches, as well as enjoy a line-up of musicians that will have your Glasto-headed friends quivering with jealousy, and sample delicious local food.

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit This Year’s Isle of Man TT (Saturday 28 May – Saturday 11 June)

1. The racing – obviously

Racer at the Isle of Man TT

The Isle of Man TT is your chance to see some of the world’s most nail-biting motorbike action along the famous track’s twists and turns, as racers reach speeds of over 200MPH.

The main festival location, the Monster Energy Fan Park, is where all races start and finish, and is completely free to enter. Here, you can watch the competitors set off, and follow the full race coverage via big screens. 

But the fun isn’t limited to just the races, as you can also explore, grab photos or autographs with the motorsport stars, and soak up the atmosphere at daily prize presentations. 

2. The off-track entertainment

Fireworks at the Isle of Man TT

Headliners at this year’s Isle of Man TT festival are pretty impressive, and promise to please everyone, from pop queen Jessie J to the bluesy Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. Plus, a lively party on the closing night marks the finishing line – DJed by Faithless, it promises a fabulous send-off. 

3. Nab some fantastic fuel 

Food & drink at the Isle of Man TT

A superb range of street and artisan food offerings will be up for grabs during the Isle of Man TT. From Savono’s Pizza to Filbery’s Little Food Shack in the fan park, to the hidden food gems around the island, there’s something for everyone. Perhaps try The Abbey restaurant, in Ballasalla, where you can enjoy fresh, seasonal local produce, like beef wellington accompanied by crisp fondant potatoes and drizzled in port jus. 

4. Join in the fun

Isle of Man TT motorcycle shows

Fancy yourself as a road racer? The annual Ramsey Sprint is open to all: a drag race across the almost-mile long Mooragh Promenade (featuring beautiful seafront views, but probably best not to look…), it’s the perfect chance to test your mettle against your fellow racing fans.

5. Explore the Isle of Man 

Isle of Man landscape

Take a break from the high-octane adrenaline rush of the festival, and instead explore some of the island’s natural wonders, like Glen Helen, with its picturesque waterfalls, nestled among trees and foliage, or the sublime Road of the Gull footpath that circumnavigates the island. And if you fancy a slower-paced afternoon, take a scenic ride on the island’s historic steam railway.

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