The ultimate must in Belfast Titanic Quarter
Explore the rest of Northern Ireland for under £20
Discover Northern Irish cuisine
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Visit one of the oldest medieval castles in the world
When in Prague, visiting Pražský hrad (the Prague castle) is a must. It is one of the largest and the oldest medieval castles not only in Europe, but also in the world. Dating from the 9th century, this place will truly amaze you with its history and the astonishing architecture. It’s free to visit, perfect for a cheap student holiday, but very busy, so get yourself ready for a bit of queuing.
Spend less than a fiver for stunning views
Visit the Astronomical Clock located at the outer wall of the Old Town Hall at the Old Square Town. It is one of the most striking buildings in the city. For a price of CZK 100 (GBP 3,29), you can get to the top of the Old Town Hall and admire a breathtaking view of Prague.
Get yourself filled up for the semester at Smíchovský Radniční Sklípek
One of the most delicious and affordable places to dine out in Prague is a restaurant called Smíchovský Radniční Sklípek, located at Preslova 4 (Praha 5 – Smíchov, 150 00). It offers a great variety of local Czech dishes – from dumplings, roasted duck with sauerkraut to famous Halusky (potatoes served with cooked cabbage and fried bacon). The atmosphere here is amazing and you can meet plenty of fellow students there. Just make sure you book your table in advance on Fridays and Saturdays. Via. etramping.com: Agness and Cez
Walk along the Royal Mile
Become a whisky expert for £14.50
Try some wholesome Scottish soup
Discover Banksy’s masterpieces dotted around the city
Discover Bristol and Bath for £15
There is no better way to finish the day than with a pie
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Visit Heroes Square
You can’t go to Budapest without strolling down Andrassy Way to Heroes Square and the Millennial Monument; the wide street gives you a great view of the statues and columns as you approach. It’s a magnificent monument to the Hungarian heroes lost in war and includes an impressively tall tower, topped with the archangel Gabriel. A very appealing spot to take photos, it’s also the main entrance to the beautiful City Park that has a boating lake, zoo, amusement park, and in the winter, an ice rink.
Explore the whole city in a day for only £15
One of the most cost effective ways to see the city and keep this trip as a cheap student holiday is by getting a 24-hour ticket for a Big Bus tour. The buses come with an audio guide and drops you off at all the central attractions. In this way, you can either get an overview of the city or delve right in. Tickets cost around £15 and you’ll get to see so much in a day it’s definitely worth it. Plan ahead, get a copy of the route and check the admission prices for individual attractions so you know your budget before you jump onboard.
Dine in style at the Budapest Jazz Club
Head to the infamous Budapest Jazz Club for an evening of stunning jazz, cocktails and bar food. A traditional music venue with a bar, restaurant and stage, they have performances every night and you can usually just buy a ticket before a show starts, or listen from the bar. You may even find the gig is free to attend, so if you’re really saving money, check online to see which day of your visit features a free performance. A lovely, medium sized place with a great atmosphere, it could be a highlight of anyone’s trip to the city – you won’t even need to like jazz!
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Discover your inner child again
If you’re in Cardiff, the National Museum is worth a visit. Get away from the stress of exams and indulge your inner child as you learn about dinosaurs, take a walk through welsh history, or check out the variety of artwork in the galleries. And all for free!
Hang out with the local students
To refuel, head to Urban Tap House, a student-friendly bar that boasts a delicious selection of ales and ciders, as well as fantastic burgers.
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Pretend you’re Rapunzel (or Prince Charming) in Cardiff’s many Castles!
For just £10.50 you can visit Cardiff Castle. Explore lavishly decorated rooms, the medieval keep, the roman wall, and wartime shelters. Grab a free audio guide and immerse yourself in Cardiff’s history.
Venture out of Cardiff to the nearby lying village of Tongwynlais and visit Castle Coch (Welsh for Red Castle). With its round, rapunzel style tower, mesmerising murals and stunning stain glass windows, this castle is the epitome of a fairytale castle. Built by the famous Victorian architecture William Burgess, this castle is an ideal cheap student holiday for all architect students hunting for interesting buildings but do not have the cash to venture to the likes of Barcelona.
Visit Devin Castle
Devin castle is located in a borough of Bratislava, it was used as a fort to control the trading routes of the Danube river. You can take a bus to the castle, yet we recommend hopping on the boat, so you can make the most of your trip and enjoy some the gorgeous views of Bratislava from the centre of the Danube river. Return tickets are about £6 and entrance fee to the castle is about £2, making this an extremely reasonably priced day out!
Have a 360° culture weekend under £20
If you want a weekend full of culture then Bratislava is the perfect student holiday for you! Walk around the old town and spot the four Curious Statues of Bratislava. For only a pound you can head into The International House of Art for Children in Bibiana. Don’t let the name put you off! Although designed for children in mind it suits people of all ages. It is a quirky museum supporting many contemporary artists of a variety of genres; filmmaking, illustration, sculptures, the list goes on. With an entrance fee of only £1, saying it’s a bargain is an understatement. If this is still not enough, take a £4 bus to Vienna, it’s only an hour away meaning you can spontaneously hope on the bus and spend a day exploring another city!
Enjoy beers upon beers in the cheapest city to buy a pint!
Bratislava is officially the cheapest city in Europe to buy a pint, averaging at £1.14 per pint makes Bratislava one of the best places to go for a cheap student holiday this year. Head into the old town and visit Slovakian pubs such as U Certa, Vydrica and The Bratislava Beerguzzlers’ Club. Forgetful nights are guaranteed!