North West 200 – Motorcycle Road Race – 6-11 May 2024

Possibly the best and fastest road race in the world

Updated March 2024

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 2024

 

Thursday 9th May 2024 Practice 9.00am – 3.00pm
Thursday 9th May 2024 Evening Racing 4:45pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 13th May Race Day 9.00am – 7.00pm

In exceptional circumstances where extreme weather is forecast, the 2024 contingency plan days could be: Wednesday 8 May and Saturday 11 May 2024.

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. 


Highlights

  • Nine races, four exciting classes: Supersport, Supertwin, Superstock, Superbike
  • Full day practice session – Thursday
  • Thursday Night Racing – 3 Races
  • Saturday Racing All Day – 6 Races
  • Riders Meet & Greet
  • Vintage Bike & Car Run
  • Live Music & Entertainment
  • Family Motor Festival
  • Family Fun Village
  • Fireworks Display

Tickets are now on sale!

You can buy tickets online or via telephone – 0333 666 3366 (Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm ex public holidays). A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies for online bookings and a charge of £1.50 per ticket for the telephone box office.

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York Corner, Start Line and Paddock Grandstands will have the racing streamed live onto big screens.

York Corner & Start Line Grandstands

  • Grandstand Seat – £40.00 + booking fee
  • Grandstand Seat & Programme – £55.00 + booking fee*
  • Grandstand Seat & Weekly Paddock Pass – £60.00 + booking fee*
  • Grandstand Seat, Weekly Paddock Pass & Programme – £70.00 + booking fee*

Paddock Grandstand

  • Grandstand Seat & Weekly Paddock Pass – £60.00 + booking fee*
  • Grandstand Seat, Weekly Paddock Pass & Programme – £70.00 + booking fee*

Metropole – no tickets available for sale online

Juniper Hill Grandstand (no big screen)

  • Grandstand Seat – £35.00 + booking fee
  • Grandstand Seat & Programme – £50.00 + booking fee*
  • Grandstand Seat & Weekly Paddock Pass – £55.00 + booking fee*
  • Grandstand Seat, Weekly Paddock Pass & Programme – £65.00 + booking fee*

Accommodation for the North West 200

Tip: click highlighted text to see accommodation options. 

As you can imagine, with such a popular event the prices for hotels and B&Bs in Portrush and Portstewart skyrocket for North West 200 week.

If you are into camping or have a caravan/campervan you can take a spot for the week in the official event campsite for £330 for the week which does also include two paddock passes. See more information about the official campsites.

Another option is to make your way to a neighboring town and ideally, one that is well connected by public transport since parking around Portstewart or Portrush in that week can be quite tricky, especially with road closures.

Train links: There is a train service between Portrush and Coleraine which although quite infrequent, is only 10 minutes or so. If you can’t find cheaper accommodation in Coleraine (it is pretty limited as I write this), you can easily catch another train either up the line towards Derry~Londonderry (try Castlerock), or down the line towards Belfast (try Ballymoney).

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Bus links: While busses may be impacted by road closures and congestion, you can catch a bus from Portrush (usually hourly) which travels along the coast stopping at towns such as Portballintrae, Bushmills, Ballintoy and Ballycastle. This option might work well if you are travelling with family who are not so keen on motorsports and my prefer sightseeing, a trip to the Bushmills distillery or beach life.

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


Author: David Donnelly

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