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Beginners Guide to Booking the Isle of Man TT

Duke Travel

17 February 2021

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Booking a trip to the Isle of Man TT can seem overwhelming, confusing and time-consuming for first-time visitors, especially when trying to match up your travel with available accommodation.

This is where the helpful team at Duke Travel are on hand to help. As an official Isle of Man TT travel partner, we have helped thousands of TT fans from all over the world attend the event offering a wide range of packages and tours.

This easy to follow guide will help you understand what you need to consider when planning your trip to the TT; from booking your ferry to finding activities for non-race days, we have it covered.

Top Tip

If you are looking to book everything yourself, do not waste time looking for hotels on big travel websites like Expedia as a lot of hoteliers do not list their properties on these sites. They only sell direct or through companies like ourselves.

Isle of Man TT: When to visit?

The TT Races take place over a two-week period with the mid-point Sunday, generally known as ‘Mad Sunday’, always the 1st Sunday in June. The first week of the event is TT Practice Week, with qualifying sessions taking place Sunday-Friday preceded by the Saturday afternoon opening ceremony.

Practices generally occur in the evening, but sessions are in the afternoon on the first Sunday and Friday.

The first race day takes place on the Saturday before Mad Sunday with racing than on alternate days  (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Practice or racing requires the closure of over 37 miles (60 km) of public roads so, if your accommodation is inside the course, access may not be possible until roads open and careful route planning is strongly advised. Alternatively, you could book one of our spectator packages that take you by coach from Douglas to selected grandstands and vantage points with on-site facilities.

The final race day is also known as Senior Race Day. It’s a Public Holiday on the Isle of Man, so popular vantage points are likely to be busier than other days.

Practice week is a lot less busy on the Island, so better deals are to be had, especially when booking your accommodation. The boats tend not to be as busy too if you are looking to bring your motorcycle to the event.

Top Tip

The TT Races’ dates change each year, so please be aware when booking your travel and accommodation as this often catches people out. 

Travel: How to get to the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a small island situated in the middle of the Irish sea between England and Ireland accessed from most UK and Irish airports or by ferry from Liverpool, Heysham, Belfast and Dublin.

Sailings operate between the Isle of Man and England daily, with sailings to Ireland less frequent.

You can travel by ferry as a foot passenger, with your motorbike, car or camper van; however, vehicle space is at a premium, especially during TT race week.  Check out our ferry booking guide for top tips and information on getting the best deals.

With the likes of EasyJet, Aer Lingus and Loganair serving the Island, a TT visit can still be great fun if you choose to leave the bike or car at home.  It is easy to get around using public transport or with a hire car, and we can also arrange bike hire if booked in advance.

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Accommodation: Where to stay

There are plenty of options to suit a wide range of budgets, from four-star resort hotels, to self-catering cottages, camping, glamping and Duke’s pop-up hotel right next to the TT Paddocks. To help you make your mind up, we have put together a handy guide to the different options available.

Camping with your own tent: The cheapest option available and with a vast number of TT campsites around you will be spoilt for choice. Campsites offer all the facilities you would expect, including toilets, showers and on-site catering facilities.

Glamping: Or luxury camping for those not in the know! A 5-metre bell tent offering proper beds, linen and bedding, sleeping up to 4 people. Forget the hassle of bringing your own tent and stay in one of ours.

IOMTT Village: Pop-up hotel-style accommodation located at the TT Grandstand. A village made up of individual twin bedded en-suite cabins with continental breakfast included each morning. Our 2019 customers loved the IOMTT Village!

Hotels: We have managed to secure some hotel allocation for TT visitors, so you are in luck if luxury is your thing.

TT Homestay: Stay with a local family or go self-catering for the duration of your visit with the TT Homestay scheme operated by Miquando

Top Tip

Book your travel over to the Island first. This is the hardest part to sort as there is plenty of accommodation up for grabs.

Duke Travel: How to book

Calling our sales team on 0330 088 8434 or you can also email us [email protected] for more information or to enquire about a package.


If you would like more information on any of the above or wish to book contact us via email or telephone


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