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About The Isle Of Man TT

The Isle of Man is a very special Island with its own native tongue, stamps, coins and banknotes.

With the world’s oldest continuous parliament - Tynwald - the Island makes its own laws and it was this freedom that allowed the Manx authorities to create the TT in 1907 by closing public roads.

Found at the geographical centre of the British Isles, the Isle of Man measures just 33 miles by 13, but within these shores there is a wealth of discoveries to be made, whether it’s the special blend of Viking and Celtic heritage, the unique Victorian transport or the miles of unspoilt countryside and secluded beaches.


Today the Isle of Man is an important centre for finance, IT and other business, but its culture and traditions are just as evident today as they were thousands of years ago. But mention the Isle of Man to any biker anywhere in the World they'll immediately reply, " TT."

There is nothing on Earth quite like the Isle of Man TT Races. No other motorcycle race is held on such a challenging track as the 37-mile plus Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles.

The skill, bravery and concentration levels required are immense, with speeds approaching 200mph, and, while difficult to learn and even harder to come first, the rewards for winning on the world famous course are like no other.
 
 

No other motorsport event can boast more than 100 years of such illustrious history, rich in tradition and legends, and to have your name inscribed on a TT trophy is to sit with the gods.

TT racing captures the imagination in a way no other race can and its sheer spectacle and uniqueness ensures thousands of fans flock to the Island every May and June for their annual fix.
 
 
No other motorsport event attracts people in great numbers for an entire period of two weeks except the world famous TT Races, where fans can revel in the Island’s special mix of incredible racing and world class entertainment – and all set amongst the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Man.
 
Check out the roadracingsupporters 2011 TT Gallery here 
 
The official TT website contains a massive resource of information you'll find it here 

Getting There

Useful travel and tourism websites

 
 

Where to Stay

There's a huge wealth of information about visiting the Isle of man  here 

For many people though, camping during the Isle of Man TT is an essential part of the festival atmosphere.

During the fortnight there are plenty of campsites to choose from, either long-established sites or ones set up just for the races.

At each you’ll find amenities, a friendly welcome and plenty of like-minded bike fans.

Camping is also an affordable alternative to other forms of accommodation, and can be a great help if you are struggling to find another place to stay. You'll find a full list of campsites here Camping 

Where to Watch
The famous TT Mountain Circuit is made up of almost 40 miles of public roads that are closed for qualifying and race sessions.
 
 

The list of areas where spectating is restricted or prohibited is regularly updated to further improve safety for fans, marshals and competitors. You can now download a complete guide to restricted and prohibited areas for the 2011 Isle of Man TT. Prohibited and Restricted area information for TT 2012 will be added as soon as it becomes available.

 Download Spectator Guide 

Although entry to some areas is prohibited or restricted, there are still loads of great vantage points around the course where you can watch the action for free.

Some residents, charities and local organisations will lay on special spectator areas and grandstands – for instance the hugely popular Braddan Bridge area – with great views and facilities such as toilets and refreshments. You may be asked for a small entrance fee or donation.
 
 

However, for the ultimate Isle of Man TT experience you must watch at least one session from TT Grandstand in Douglas. This iconic building offers unrivalled views of the start/finish line and the 170mph-plus stretch as the racers complete one circuit and blast towards Bray Hill and another lap of the course.

You also have clear views of the pit lane, where races have been won and lost, and the podium where the top three from each race will receive their trophies, laurels and champagne.

The TT Grandstand is adjacent to the paddock, where you can watch the teams at work and meet some of the competitors. The Grandstand is also home to the scrutineering area, where you can watch the machines being inspected, press centre, where the top riders are grilled after each race, and much more.

Behind the TT Grandstand you will find a wide range of refreshments on offer, toilets and shops selling TT and other motorcycle-related merchandise, including clothing, pictures, DVDs and more.

There’s also ample parking within easy walking distance of the TT Grandstand.
 
What's On in 2014
 
Coming soon full details of all the attractions and events to make your TT stay one to remember.