So you’ve decided that you want to fulfill your lifelong dream of attending the Isle of Man TT. You’ve started to plan your trip but there’s too many choices for activities outside of the racing for you to be able to decide what to do. Fear no more as we’ve provided you with our top five must-do’s for every TT first timer.
As one of the most notable landmarks on the mountain course, the famous Creg Ny Baa is a must for all TT first-timers. Spectators flock to the Creg during the races to witness the high-speed action as riders drop down from Kate’s Cottage and through the bend onto Gob-Ny-Geay. However, the Creg can quite often be just as busy throughout the rest of the fortnight, as many visitors stop off at the pub during their laps of the course to take in some of the breathtaking views over the Douglas Bay area. Of course, many of the visitors also stop off for what’s inside, with the pub being famous for its delicious English pub-style food.
A main attraction for fans of the TT is that it is one of the few major motorsport events that still allows fans access to its paddock area free of charge. So whether you want to see the mechanics working on the bikes or to have a chat with one of the top riders, the TT paddock is the place for any first-timer to really feel part of the races. Combine that with the new TT Fan park being introduced alongside the grandstand this year, and you’ve got yourself hours of entertainment to immerse yourself in the TT spirit.
Synonymous with the Isle of Man TT, Bushy’s has been welcoming visitors into their beer tent since 1998. Previously located next to the Sea Terminal, Bushy’s has since moved to its current home in the Villa Marina Grounds and expanded the village, offering customers a more festival-like experience with a live music stage and a wide range of food drink vendors to go alongside its famous beer tent. It surely wouldn’t be a trip to the TT without a trip to Bushy’s TT Village for a drink in the sun.
Standing at the height of 2,037 feet above sea level, Snaefell is the Isle of Man’s only mountain and a must-visit for anyone exploring the Island for the first time. The summit can be climbed on foot from the Bungalow just below; however, we recommend taking the Snaefell Mountain Railway from either Douglas, Ramsey or Laxey for a more leisurely, picturesque climb. The Mountain Railway, with its Victorian charm, has been in operation since 1895 and is the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. We also highly recommend stopping off at the Victory Cafe on your way to the top for some delicious food. Once at the top, Snaefell often treats its visitors on good days to views of the Seven Kingdoms - England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the kingdoms of heaven and the sea. What more could you ask for.
Made up of 37 and ¾ miles of public road, it’s safe to say there is no course in the world quite like the TT’s Mountain Course. With it being made up of public roads, fans have the rare opportunity of being able to freely experience the same course as the competitors do, albeit at a somewhat more sensible speed. Therefore, it should be a priority on every first timer’s list to experience the course first hand, whether it be done solo or on one of our commentated bus laps with a TT legend.
With an abundance of activities to choose from alongside varying travel and accommodation availability, booking a trip to the Isle of Man TT yourself is never the easiest of tasks particularly if it’s your first time. Our experts can help you find the perfect package for yourself and provide advice on what’s best to do and where’s best to go.
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Champion House, Tromode Business Park,
Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1DD
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 09.00 am to 17.30 pm
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