The Isle of Man TT
Established in 1907, the Isle of Man TT (originally Tourist Trophy – a test for “touring” motorcycles) runs on the unique 37.73 mile Mountain Course. The course consists of public roads specially closed for the event. The TT is always held in the last week of May and the first week of June. Qualifying starts on the last Saturday of May with the first race day (usually) on the first Saturday of June. Race days are scheduled for the following Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Classic TT
The Classic TT is run on the same course as the TT but features older bikes spanning the ‘50s to the 1990s. It is held on the last weekend in August (UK Bank Holiday). It tends to be a little quieter than the TT but is rapidly increasing in popularity.
Booking a trip to the Isle of Man TT or Classic TT
The increase in popularity of the TT in recent years has meant demand for travel and accommodation has jumped up.
With up to 30,000 visitors arriving for the TT we recommend booking as early as possible.
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Best times to visit
Isle of Man TT
Qualifying week is the opening week of the fortnight and sees daily practice and qualifying sessions starting on Saturday and continuing until Friday (with the exception of Sunday). Sessions start at 6.20pm and finish before 9.00pm.
With action, every day and the chance to see all the stars on track in the course of one session Qualifying Week is becoming increasingly popular with fans, particularly towards the end of the week. However, it is currently still quieter than Race Week and there is generally better availability for travel and accommodation.
Race Week starts with the Superbike and Sidecar races on the Saturday following Qualifying Week. There are race days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday is a bank holiday in the Isle of Man and features the Blue Riband Senior TT Race.
Race Week is much busier than Qualifying Week and demand for accommodation and travel is correspondingly higher. With more visitors on the island bars, restaurants and attractions are also busier and the ‘buzz’ of TT is everywhere.
The Classic TT consists of a practice week (mixed with qualifying for the Manx Grand Prix which runs consecutively) and race weekend – over the final weekend in August to coincide with the UK bank holiday.
The races take place on Saturday and Monday (a bank holiday in the Isle of Man, England, Wales and N. Ireland) with the hugely popular VMCC Festival of Jurby on the Sunday.
The final qualifying session, on Friday, is preceded by the Paddock Carnival, held at the TT grandstand.
Manx Grand Prix races which feature amateurs, are then held on the other two races days, Wednesday and Friday.