Ice rinks for Christmas

14 November 2018

There's nothing like taking to a ice rink over the Christmas period. And it's even better with a glass of mulled wine.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

(22 November 2018 - 6 January 2019)

A glorious large rink, in fact the largest in the UK, beneath a canopy of glittering fairy lights spanning out from the park's Victorian bandstand, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland ice rink is a romantic experience. Close by, a thrillseeker's paradise of fairground rides competes with a circus, an ice ballet and Santaland for your attention. A Christmas market and lots of food and drink outlets complete the experience. Off peak prices start at £7.50 for a child and £9.50 for an adult.

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Dover's Christmas Ice Rink

(2 December 2018 - 1 January 2018)

Dover's cruise terminal at the Western Docks of the Kentish port will once again be transformed into a Christmas Market and ice rink. The historic building features Christmas activities, bumper cars, a tea room, bar and food outlets.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

(23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019)

Skate against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace.  Located in front of this Historic Royal Palace, the stunning ice rink is open daily from 11am until 10pm. Afterwards, perhaps warm up again at the Dip-Dunk Lodge with a fondue or a hot chocolate. Adult tickets are priced £14.50, with children under 12 at £10.50.

The Royal Pavilion is a magical place to ice skate this year©Visit England/Hugo Philpott

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

(3 November 2018 – 13 January 2019)

Following the huge success of previous years, the winter ice rink returns to the iconic setting of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion this Christmas. This beautiful rink accommodates up to 250 skaters per session, with penguin stabilisers for younger skaters and a  learners’ area for the unsure-footed. 

Whether you’re a skater or not, everyone is welcome to enjoy delicious food and drink by day or night at the stunning Rinkside Bar & Kitchen, which offers warming snacks, delicious lunches and dinners. Multitickets start from £38.00. 

Bath on Ice 

(16 November 2018 – 6 January 2019)

One of England’s UNESCO World Heritage Cities, Bath has something extra to tempt visitors this Christmas; a magnificent outdoor ice rink, which this year is 50% bigger.

Set in central Bath in Royal Victoria Park, nearby the stunning backdrop of the Georgian Royal Crescent and within walking distance of the city’s Christmas markets, Bath on Ice is a truly magical experience.  Adults skate for £11.00, while children under 16 are £10.00. 

Somerset House Ice Rink, London

(14 November 2018 - 13 January 2019)

The stunning neoclassical buildings of Somerset House provide a dramatic backdrop to what must be one of the coolest, no pun intended, ice rinks in London. Partnered by Fortnum & Mason, you can simply skate or, if you are so inclined, there are club nights with music from top international DJs on offer too. Ticket prices for general skating sessions start from £8.50 for children 12 and under, and £11 for adults. Tickets carry a per-ticket booking fee, plus a one-off transaction charge.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

 (15 November 2018 - 6 January 2019)

Perfect for cold, drizzly days, the Cardiff ice rink is completely undercover and is still open in all weathers, although the fun fair and refreshments are all out in the elements. Off-peak tickets start at £9.50 for an adult and £8 for children 3-15, although you can save £1 per ticket by booking online beforehand.

The Ice Factor, York 

(17 November 2018 - 6 January 2019)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, the three-time-award-winning event, returns to York Designer Outlet this winter, along with the north of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor. 

Along with a giant Christmas tree it also has its Alpine-themed café, this year with a new heated outdoor terrace. Following a spin across the rink, visitors can enjoy vintage fair rides, a magical Grotto and live entertainment. Tickets cost £10.95 for adults and £9.95 for children, plus booking fee.

The Tower of London Christmas Ice Rink

Tower of London  

(23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019)

Located in the moat and set against the magnificent fortress battlements, the Tower of London ice rink has surely one of the most stunning central London settings and is ideal for lunchtime skating, after-work gatherings, romantic dates and weekend afternoons out. 

Beautifully illuminated after dark, it makes a spectacular night time destination. 

Beside the ice rink, the Ice Bar & Cafe provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. Prices start from £14.50 for adults and from £10.50 for children aged 3-12, £12.50 for children aged 13 - 15. 

Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

(25 October 2018 – 20 January 2019)

The venerable museum in London’s South Kensington plays host to what must be the ultimate grandchild’s day out – go inside and see the dinosaurs, come outside for a skating session beneath trees spangled with Christmas lights and finish off with a hot chocolate. Bliss. Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80.

Ice Skate Birmingham

(17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019)

Situated in Centenary Square, close to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, this year the ice rink will have a roof. After taking their turn on the ice, Winter Skate visitors can warm their fingers and toes in the Ice Café, which will serve everything from indulgent hot chocolate to spiced mulled wine. Tickets cost £9.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Rekorderlig Cider Lodge rink, Edinburgh

 (16 November 2018 - 5 January 2019)

An elliptical ice rink that surrounds a pop-up cider lodge in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. There are lots more great festive activities to enjoy around Edinburgh, including a Christmas tree maze, helter skelter, carousel and much more. Tickets from £5 in the morning and midday and £8 from 3pm.

Please note: web addresses and prices were correct at the time of publication in November 2018. It is best to check on an organisation's own website before setting off for your skating session. 

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