Travelling during your studies

You will have exciting opportunities to travel to other parts of the UK, Europe or further afield during your university vacations or after you finish your studies. Here is some advice to make the most of your trip.


Before making any travel plans we recommend you consider the advice being given by the UK Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about ongoing travel restrictions.

Ten amazing places to visit in Northern Ireland Ten amazing places to visit in Northern Ireland

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Ten amazing places to visit in Northern Ireland

  • Travelling within Northern Ireland 

    Northern Ireland is a fantastic country with a range of unique sites and opportunities to explore. Below is just a sample of what you can do.

    ActivitiesApproximate costLocation
    We are Vertigo Sky Diving£45map
    Walking tour of Belfast£15map
    Ulster Rugby Stadium £6.50 map
    Giants Causeway£20map
    Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge£9map
    Gobbins tour£16map
    Carrickfergus Castle and Dobbins Inn for lunch£5 plus cost for lunch map
    Tollymore activity centre ( mountaineering and canoeing) Varies depending on activity map
    Ulster American Folk Park£7map
    Bushmills tour£8map
    Mourne walk from the Bloody BridgeFree map
    Belfast hop on hop off tour and Titanic tour£30map
    A history of terror Belfast city centre£20map
    Cuilcagh mountain trail and Marble Arch CavesTrail - Free
    Caves - £7.50 (seasonal opening)
    map
    Stadium tour of Windsor park national stadium£6.50 map
    Belfast hop off and on trip£13map
    Derry/Londonderry hop off and on tour£13map
    Visit DerryFreemap
    HMS Caroline tour£10.75map
    Crumlin Road Gaol tour£7.50map
    Belfast City Hall tourFreemap
    Game of Thrones£30-50map
    Need4Speed Indoor Go karting£25-30 per hourmap
    Sentry Hill tour£3map
  • Travelling within the UK

    Northern Ireland is a unique gateway to the UK and further afield and is a fantastic and cost effective starting point for your adventure while you are here at Ulster. Below is an example of a few cities you can visit for a weekend break or just for the day and remember your adventure begins here!

    Your UK visa/immigration permission allows you to travel freely within Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. You should carry your BRP and/or passport with you when you travel as evidence of your permission to be in the UK.

    Bristol
    Things to see

    Clifton suspension bridge

    Bristol Harbour

    SS Great Britain

    Bristol Cathedral

    Avon gorge

    Cabot Tower

    Places to stay

    There are a range of places to stay from £35 per night

    How to get there Easyjet fly from the international airport to Bristol
    Things you should know Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for
    voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.
    Interesting fact Blackbeard the pirate was from Bristol
    Manchester
    Things to see

    Manchester United museum and stadium tour

    Museum of Science and Industry

    Etihad stadium

    Manchester cathedral

    Imperial War Museum North

    Manchester art gallery

    Manchester museum

    Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £60 per night
    How to get there Both Flybe and Easy-jet fly several times from both the George Best and international airports and the flight is approximately 50 minutes
    Things you should know There is a train halt in the airport and it will take you straight to Piccadilly in the centre of Manchester
    Interesting fact The atom was first split in Manchester
    Liverpool
    Things to see

    LFC stadium tour

    Mersey cruise

    Beatles tour

    Liver building

    Cavern Club

    Albert Dock

    Goodison Park

    Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £30 per night
    How to get there

    Easyjet have several daily flights from the international airport and the flight time is approximately 50 minutes.

    If you’re in no rush you can get a boat from Belfast to Liverpool which takes around 8 hours across the Irish sea

    Things you should know Be careful to check football fixtures as hotel rooms book up and flights can be quite expensive if there is a game on at the weekend
    Interesting fact Liverpool's waterfront is designated a world heritage site
    London
    Things to see

    Big Ben

    London Eye

    Tower Bridge

    Tower of London

    Buckingham Palace

    Trafalgar Square

    British Museum

    Hyde Park

    Wembley stadium

    Places to stay Hotels range from around £100 but there are a range of cheaper hostels available
    How to get there There are a range of flights daily to all major London airports from the international airport and the flight takes just over an hour
    Things you should know The easiest way to get around London is with an Oyster card which gives access to the underground, buses, trams, tubes and some riverboat services
    Interesting fact London is the biggest city in Europe at 620 square miles and a population of over 7 million
    Glasgow
    Things to see

    Glasgow Cathedral

    Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum

    Hampden Park

    George Square

    Glasgow Tower

    Glasgow Science Centre

    Riverside Museum

    Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £40 per night.
    How to get there Both Ryanair and Easyjet fly to Glasgow daily from the international airport and Flybe from the George Best airport and the flight takes around 45 minutes, you can also take the boat and Transport which will take around 6 hours
    Things you should know The train journey between Glasgow to Edinburgh takes only an hour so why not visit there for the day
    Interesting fact The bones of St Valentine are buried in Glasgow in the Church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus
    Edinburgh
    Things to see

    Edinburgh Castle

    Holyrood Palace

    Arthurs Seat

    National Museum of Scotland

    Princes Street

    Edinburgh Zoo

    HMY Britannia

    Scottish Parliament

    Places to stay There are a range of hotels starting around £70 per night
    How to get there

    EasyJet fly to Edinburgh daily from the international airport and the flight takes around 50 minutes, you can also take the boat and Transport which will take around 7 hours

    Things you should know

    Edinburgh airport is 8 miles outside the city centre and there is a regular bus service

    Interesting fact Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the UK
    Cardiff
    Things to see

    Cardiff Castle

    National Stadium

    Cardiff Bay

    Wales Millennium Centre

    National Museum of Cardiff

    Castell Coch

    Places to stay There is accommodation for all budgets from £30
    How to get there There are regular flights from George Best Airport to Cardiff
    Things you should know The city is a safe city for visitors but keep an eye on the rugby international fixtures as this might limit your hotel and flight availability
    Interesting fact Dr Who is filmed in Cardiff

  • Travelling to the Republic of Ireland

    Your UK visa/immigration permission does not give you immigration permission to enter the Republic of Ireland.

    It is your responsibility to find out whether you need a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland.

    If you do require a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa before you cross the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland.  Please note that there can be serious consequences if you are stopped by the Irish police (Gardaí) inside the Republic of Ireland without the correct Irish visa.

    If you do not require a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland, there will be no opportunity for you to request immigration permission to enter the Republic of Ireland as a visitor when you cross the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and Republic of Ireland.  You should therefore carry with you evidence of your immigration permission to be in the UK, a letter confirming that you are studying at Ulster University, and evidence of your journey to/from Northern Ireland (e.g. a return train ticket to Belfast).

     Galway
    Things to see

    Aran Islands

    The Spanish Arch and Galway City Wall

    Buy a Claddagh ring

    Quay Street

    Galway Bay

    Places to stay Hotels range from around £31 to £250 so you can have any experience you want.
    How to get there Galway is just over 5 hours drive from Magee down the world renown west coast of Ireland.                                                              
    Things you should Know Remember to check your visa if you travel to Galway as it is not part of the UK
    Interesting fact Christopher Columbus visited Galway in 1477
     Dublin
    Things to see

    Dublin Castle

    Temple Bar

    Spire of Dublin

    Christ Church Cathedral

    St Stephens green

    Phoenix Park

    Aviva Stadium

    Guinness Factory

    Kilmainham Gaol

    Places to stay Hotels range from around £100 but there are a range of cheaper hostels available
    How to get there Dublin is just over 1 ¾ hours drive from Belfast and jut over 3 hours from Derry there are regular train and bus services between the cities.
    Things you should know Remember to check your visa if you travel to Dublin as it is not part of the UK
    Interesting fact There are over 1000 pubs in Dublin

  • Travelling to other countries

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission to visit any country outside the UK. Staff at Ulster University are not qualified to give immigration advice for countries outside the UK.

    The UK If you plan to travel to one of the countries within the Schengen zone, you should use the following link for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa

    See more information at UKCISA Travel in Europe.

  • Returning to the UK if your Tier 4 visa has been curtailed

    If your Tier 4 visa has been curtailed and you have left the UK, you must not try to re-enter the UK using your curtailed visa, even if it looks as if your visa is still valid.  If you do try to re-enter the UK, you will be refused entry.

    You must get new immigration permission before you re-enter the UK.