Social Life

Get involved and practise your language skills while making new friends and discovering Northern Ireland!

To make the most of your language learning opportunities, it’s important to practise whenever you can; and whatever time of year you choose to visit, there’s always something going on. International House Belfast will go that extra mile to make sure your stay with us is memorable.  We have a calendar of cultural events which we recommend you try to attend so you have the best possible experience. You will meet other students and local people, and experience the culture of Northern Ireland on our engaging and varied programme of social, cultural and sporting activities.

Visit the beautiful and scenic North Coast and the Giant’s Causeway, home of the legendary Irish warrior Finn and a UNESCO World Heritage site; test your nerve on the heights of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge; and visit Dunluce Castle, where the kitchen fell into the sea!

Explore the Titanic Quarter, home to the Titanic Experience Museum, and see the shipyards and slipways where these iconic White Star Line ships were built.

Experience some of the famous Irish ‘craic’ in some of the best nightclubs, superb shopping areas, and enough eateries to satisfy every taste and budget. Try Irish dancing in one of the many cultural pubs and centres. Enjoy a cocktail in some of the best cocktail bars around, or savour a pint of Guinness and a chat with friends in one of the traditional pubs around town. Visit one of the many galleries and performance arts spaces which have sprung up as part of Belfast’s cultural renaissance.

Here are some of our typical activities. Prices listed do not include travel or refreshments:

AFTERNOON Welcome Walk – for orientation around the city FREE
Belfast Hills Walks – head to Cave Hill or Divis Mountain to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Belfast! FREE
St George’s Market – enjoy the atmosphere in Belfast’s oldest, award-winning Victorian market. FREE
Ulster Museum – home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences FREE
Titanic Belfast – the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. £9
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum – go back in time and see an old way of Irish life at this open-air museum. £9
SKYTrek – Ireland’s premier high ropes activity centre. £20
EVENING Bodhrán (Irish drum) lessons – learn how to play the drum, the heartbeat of traditional Irish music. FREE
Irish dancing – try out some traditional dancing and enjoy a few pints! £2
Belfast Giants Ice Hockey game VARIES
Ulster Rugby match VARIES
WEEKEND EXCURSIONS North Coast Tour – including the beautiful Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Dark Hedges. £25
Game of Thrones® Tour – explore the rugged coast lines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery seen in the hit show! £35