North West 200 – 10-16 May 2020 – Motorcycle Road Race

Possibly the best and fastest road race in the world


The North West!

The North West 200, held annually in May in Portstewart/Portrush/Coleraine, is one of Northern Ireland/Ireland’s largest sporting events and probably one of the world’s fastest road races. If you want an adrenaline rush then this is the place to go. As can been seen from the video which was taken about 200 meters after the start, you can be up close to the action, so close you can feel the wind as the bike speed past, hear the the noise which reverberates through you, and smell those fumes, which as any bike rider knows, just smell great.

The race was first held in 1930. It is a street circuit made up almost entirely of public roads. The route, running anti-clockwise round the outskirts of the towns passing private houses along the way. To improve track safety street signs are removed at parts of the track and hay bales are used to wrap lampposts and telegraph poles. The circuit is 8.970 mi (14.436 km) long.

As a child and young man I went with my grandfather to the race nearly every year and I remember that time with much excitement and fondness.

Race & Practice Schedule for 2020

Tuesday 12th MayPractice9.15am – 3.00pm
Thursday 14th MayPractice9.15am – 3.00pm
Thursday 14th MayEvening Racing5.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 16th MayRace Day9.15am – 7.00pm

In exceptional circumstances where extreme weather is forecast, the 2020 contingency plan days could be: Wednesday 13th May and Friday 15th May 2020.

Any subsequent amendments to the race week schedule will be advertised to the public via the International North West 200 website, BBC NI TV & Radio and the NW200 Facebook and Twitter feed.

See the circuit maps and learn more about vantage points to watch the race. Most of the locations are free, you park and walk to the course. Our chosen spot is anywhere along the first couple of kilometers.


  • Eight races, four exciting classes: Supersport, Supertwin, Superstock, Superbike
  • 4 Hours of exciting timed practice session – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Thursday Night Racing – 3 Races
  • Saturday Racing All Day – 5 Races
  • Riders Meet & Greet
  • Vintage Bike & Car Display
  • Live Music & Entertainment
  • Family Motor Festival
  • Family Fun Village
  • Miss North West 200
  • Fireworks Display


Special Offers, Grandstand Tickets, Paddock Passes and Race Programmes are now available on the official website Official Ticket prices and sales.

For more information on this famous and exciting race please click here.

You may also be interested in:

Oktoberfest – Spring Beer Festival

  • Portrush Town Hall, 1 Mark St, Portrush
  • Friday 17 – Saturday 18  May

Learn more.


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After more than quarter of a century spent living and working in Hong Kong, David Donnelly and his wife Katie McGregor are now living in, and loving Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Holidays website came from our passion to let people around the world, and even on the British mainland, know about Northern Ireland. As a country it has much to offer in natural beauty, the people are just simply amazing, and as a holiday destination it’s second to none. Even though this is now our home, we feel like tourists as we discover the region, and it is this knowledge and these experiences we want to share.
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