Isle of Man TT 2013

Isle of Man TT races 2013The Isle of Man is part of the British Isles but it is not part of the UK. It has its own identity and culture which make it a fascinating place to visit.

Among the most exciting events to watch this year are the Isle of Man tt races: a world class motorsport occasion. Thousands come to watch motorcyclists race each other along a 37 and ¾ mile mountain course. Why not join them this year?

Practice or Race?

There will be practice sessions each evening from May 25 to May 31 2013. The racing takes place the following Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The practice week is the quieter of the two weeks, giving you the chance to check out the best sites for watching the races or to see other highlights of the island. There are many events during races week and a lively nightlife during the fortnight.

Vantage points for spectators

Main Grandstand tickets have sold out for 2013, but it is still possible to buy tickets for the Nobles Park Fanzone Grandstand only a short distance away. This only has 280 seats and demand will be high. Other Fanzone grandstands are located at Ballacrye, the Creg-ny-Baa and Crosby, with Rhencullen now featuring a viewing platform. Tickets are £5 and parking is provided.

TT legends

Everyone has their own favourites but tt legends include 19 times winner John McGuiness, Bruce Andstey, Michael Dunlop and Gary Johnston. It is such a demanding course that the bravery and skill of the riders are deeply impressive.

Staying on the Isle of Man

There are many sources of accommodation of all types on the Isle of Man, but so many people want to see tt 2013 that it is a good idea to book as early as possible. The Isle of Man Government operates a Homestay scheme during the tt races to make sure all visitors have somewhere to stay.

You can stay in a family home, Bed and Breakfast or on a Self-Catering basis and premises are inspected so that they are clean, tidy and presentable. It offers the chance to meet friendly Manx people and to stay for a very reasonable cost.

Getting to the Isle of Man

Perhaps the easiest way to reach the Isle of Man is by air. The Isle of Man has direct air links with more than 20 airports across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Journeys from the North West of England can take as little as 30 minutes. If you want to travel by sea, try the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

You can choose between the fast craft Manannan, which runs between March and November from Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. Or you could try the Ben-my-Chree, a conventional ferry service, which operates from the north of England, Belfast and Dublin all year round. Remember that the tt races are a very busy period, so book well in advance. This will be an unforgettable trip so start planning now!

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