Everyone knows that dreaded feeling of having to lay low and do nothing until your student loan comes in. Instead of lying about bored why not go out and visit all the low-budget activities that Belfast has to offer. We’ve put together a list of the top activities and attractions you can visit whilst waiting on that money boost.
1. Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Experience the majestic Ulster Museum, one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. The Museum is home to an impressive collection of history, art and sciences which are free to view for all visitors. The rich galleries and exhibitions tell the earliest stories of people until present day. View dinosaurs up close, Takabuti the ancient Egyptian mummy and the Nobel Peace Prize Medal – awarded to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan for their work to promote the cause of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
The museum is closed on Mondays but open the rest of the week from 10:00am -5:00pm
2. Botanic Gardens, College Park, Botanic Av, Belfast
Take in the beautiful scenery at Botanic Gardens on a warm sunny day. This popular location is home to many impressive plants and exotic tree species. The stunning location remains popular amongst students, residents and visitors for its walking routes, curved iron glasshouse and tropical plants located in both The Palm House and Tropical Ravine. The venue remains to be one of the most important locations for festivals, concerts and many other local events. The park is open every day from 7:30am – 9:30pm.
3. Late Night Art (various locations)
Enjoy some culture at late night guided tours and artists talks while sipping wine and listening to music with this free-of-charge local event. Late Night Art is organised by the Belfast City Council and CultureNorthernIreland to involve local art galleries to remain open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month to encourage locals to discover Belfast’s diverse cultural life.
4. Crazy Tuesdays at Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road, Belfast
Hit the cinema to see the latest movies on crazy Tuesday for admission at just £3.50 all day. The popular cinema is just minutes away via bus or taxi.
5. Live Comedy Tuesday’s at The Belfast Empire, Botanic Avenue, Belfast
Be entertained at the Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club which has headlined top supporting acts from the UK and international comedy circuit for just £8 admission. In addition, enjoy regular gigs and activities including the blues club, 80s tribute nights and themed quiz nights which are held on a weekly basis. Live Comedy Tuesday’s start at 8:00pm and the bar closes at 1:00am
6. Belfast Giants at The SSE Arena, Belfast
Enjoy an exciting, competitive and action-packed night at one of the Belfast Giants ice hockey games at the SSE Arena. Single tickets range from £11.00 – £16.00 and can be purchased from the SSE Arena Box office or your local Ticketmaster outlets.
7. Vandal Geek & Movie Bar, 3 Winecellar Entry, Belfast
Looking to express your inner geek? Why not visit Vandal Geek & Movie Bar who host geek-themed events throughout the week. On Mondays and Tuesdays enjoy tabletop and retro video games nights with weekly drinks offers, hot snacks, free comics to read and competitions. In Addition, enjoy their club hosting nights with loads of 80s & 90s music, Friday night drink promos and different Saturday night events including topics such as Harry Potter, Disney or Star Wars. Vandal Geek & Movie Bar are closed on Wednesdays and Tuesdays, open Mondays and Tuesdays 6:00pm-11:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm on Thursday. 5:00pm-1:00am on Friday and 12:20pm – 2:00am on Saturday.