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So the wife and I just decided that we want to go to the TT Races on the Isle of Man next year.

I have the dates of the practice and race.

What I would like is advice if anyone has been there.
We are planning on visiting Ireland with the first stop being the race (yes I know where the island is). Consider that we get to the Isle.....

So:

Where to stay?

Best place to watch the race from?

How to get around?

Weather? Wet and cold I'm sure.

Pubs?

Restaurants?

Thanks.....

Mike
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I'm jealous...attending the Isle of Man TT has always been one of my "bucket list" things. Have fun.

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Yeah we decided to vacation in Ireland and since we would be over there.....heck why not.

Its proving a little difficult to get some inside info though. I've joined a TT forum but haven't been able to post yet.
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So the wife and I just decided that we want to go to the TT Races on the Isle of Man next year.

I have the dates of the practice and race.

What I would like is advice if anyone has been there.
We are planning on visiting Ireland with the first stop being the race (yes I know where the island is). Consider that we get to the Isle.....

So:

Where to stay?

Best place to watch the race from?

How to get around?

Weather? Wet and cold I'm sure.

Pubs?

Restaurants?

Thanks.....

Mike
I went to the TT 3 years ago. What a hoot.
1-Stay in Douglas--***get your lodging FIRST and book really early. then flights etc.
2-Your can get grandstand tickets that give your a seat at the start/finish line (in Dougles). But, for free, just walk around to various turns on the course. I sat on several rock walls along with locals. Walked there, here--but the best free seats are taken really early the morning of the particular race. On non-race days just stroll around various paddocks-riders and teams are friendlysome even posed with me for pictures. When they hear how far you have traveled they are impressed.
3-buses go everywhere and the side benny is a good view of the island.
4-Weather is changable. I was there for 2 weeks-no rain and warm! about 70-80f. But, be prepared for cool and rain..Aver temp for TT week is 50-65f.
5-Eating. Lots of pubs and cheep eats BUT-be prepared for ques (lines). Eat early as Europeans eat later than us and easier to find a table. If you want to eat in a nice restaurant reservations are a must.
++ $$-they use a IOM pounds which is different from the GBP. The biggest business of the Island is banking and they are like the Caymens-Tax free paridise for the wealthy. Just exchange $ when you get there.
The 2 weeks of TT is a 24hour party, people on the street all night and drinking everything is sight--not obnoxious-just friendly. Every make of MC you read about and never saw parked on the streets--all over the place--including some very rare bikes- dont forget camera.

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Book early even now isn't too early for 2013,and if your looking to go to Ireland can streach your holiday??,the NW200 is the middle of may 1 week before TT practice.

Think about were you want to stay,hotel on Douglas prom? or a B+B a few streets back,either will be a culture shock.

To see the best of the Island you need your own transport,ie like a rental car there are a million things to see,never mind just bikes and racing.

We could go every year with friends living at Bradden which is on the course,but there are so many other things to do bike wise in Europe we go every couple of years or so,but definetely one to tick off the list.

How close you can get with some insider info!!


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I have been a couple of times to "The Island" as the locals call it. Once for the TT and twice for the Manx GP in late August.
The people are great and the atmosphere is fantastic regardless of what the weather does.
For the TT's, accomodation usually needs to be booked well in advance, bear in mind that most regular visitors book their accomodation when the leave the previous year. For the Manx GP it shouldn't be too difficult to find somewhere. There are many campsites around The Island too if that's your scene.
I can't help with info on buses or the likes because I was always over on the bike.

I suppose the big question is, How are you travelling? Will you be on a bike?

I'm in Ireland so if I can be of any help, you just have to ask.

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Just remember the Manx this year is a shortened event.
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