Britain's best festive ice-skating rinks

If you're wondering where to go skating this winter look no further: some of Britain's most beautiful settings are being converted into ice rinks for the open-air skating season. Read on for our guide to the best ice rinks in the UK to visit this Christmas and New Year


26th October 2017
Skating at Somerset House


17 November 2017 to 2 January 2018

Set in picturesque Royal Victoria Park, Bath’s popular rink has been expanded by 50 per cent this year to meet demand. Visitors can also enjoy glow in the dark mini golf and a cafe with mulled wine, hot chocolate, soft drinks and more.

Tickets start at £7.75 and can be booked online or in person at the rink.

Royal Pavilion
Royal Victoria Park
Bath BA1 2NR


18 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018

The ice rink at the Living Museum of the North is suitably themed, decorated in a traditional Edwardian style with festoon lighting and fairground organ music too.
Tickets are £4 for children and £5 for adults for at least a 20 minute session. Special offers are also available. Buy your tickets on site on the day from the fairground ticket booth.

Beamish Museum
County Durham DH9 0RG

Cardiff skating
Skating in Cardiff is overlooked by the spectacular City Hall. Image: Getty


9 November 2017 to 7 January 2018

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, set in the heart of the Welsh capital, includes an undercover ice rink, authentic bierkeller, alpine village and funfair.
This year relaxed accessibility sessions are available, during which music will be played at low level, lighting will be static, and the capacity of the rink will be reduced.
Ticket prices vary depending on day and time.  
Book online or call 0333 666 3366.

City Hall Lawns
Gorsedd Gardens Road
Cardiff CF10 3ND


Now to February 2018

Add a festive flavour to your visit to this famously exotic botanical attraction. Skating tickets cost £7 for adults and £6 for children. Family and group tickets are available and there are also parent and toddler ice-play sessions and special sessions on Sundays for 6 to 12 year olds with races and games.
You will need a valid admission ticket to the Eden Project to book your skating ticket, which can be purchased on site at the Visitor Centre.

The Eden Project,
Bodelva, Par
Cornwall PL24 2SG

edinburgh christmas skating
Ice skating is just one of the many festive attractions in Edinburgh this winter


17 November 2017 to 6 January 2018

Get your skates on and glide all the way round the Melville Monument on this circular ice rink in St Andrew Square. It’s just part of Edinburgh’s spectacular Christmas celebrations, which include a traditional funfair, market, ice sculpture trail, Santa’s grotto and more.
Tickets are from £5 and can be booked online. The rink is wheelchair accessible.

St Andrew Square
Edinburgh EH2

skating choir boys at Hampton Court palace
Choristers take to the ice, overlooked by the Tudor splendor of Hampton Court Palace. Image: Getty


24 November 2017 to 7 January 2018

Skate back in time in the grounds of Henry VIII’s former residence, on the banks of the Thames. This year there is a bigger rink, and plenty of food and drink options for all the family. Tickets start at £10 for children and can be booked online.

Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU


2 December 2017 to 7 January 2018

Hestercombe is best known as the setting for three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. This Christmas there will be an undercover skate rink, with rinkside refreshments available and lots of other Christmas activities.
Skaters are eligible for half price admission to Hestercombe and tickets start at £6.50 for children. Book online or call 01823 413923.

Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Somerset TA2 8LG


skating at the natural history museum
Skating at the Natural History museum is nothing short of fully festive! Image: Getty


Now to 7 January 2018

Dippy may have moved on, but the popular ice rink is back at the museum for another season, overlooked by the spectacular Victorian Gothic building that houses more than 80 million specimens from the natural world. Tickets start at £8.80 and can be booked online.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

skating at somerset house
Skating at Somerset House includes late night sessions this winter. Image: Getty


15 November 2017 to 14 January 2018

Skating at Somerset House is a must-do if you’re in London this Christmas. New for 2017 are Skate Lates, a curated programme of music nights throughout the season. Tickets are from £7.50 and can be booked online.

The Edmond J Safra Fountain Court
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA


1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018

The Himalayan gardens are usually closed in the winter so grab your chance for a festive visit. There is an Alpine Cafe serving drinks, light lunches and cakes, plus an Alpine Bar open on selected evenings for ‘Skating under the stars’ sessions.
Tickets start at £10 for children and discounted family tickets are available.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
TN15 0RR


4 November 2017 to 14 January 2018

Overlooked by the impressive Royal Pavilion, this year’s ice rink has a separate beginner’s area, so if you’re wobbly on your skates, this may be the venue for you! There is a rinkside bar and kitchen, with mulled wine, hot chocolate and more. Tickets start at £7 for kids and can be booked in person, or in advance here.

Royal Pavilion
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton BN1 1EE


20 November 2017 to 7 January 2018

With a clear roof and open sides, Winchester Cathedral’s ice rink allows a flavour of the outdoors, while cunningly avoiding the worst of the British weather. The site has great views of the iconic cathedral and après-skating treats like mulled wine, hot chocolate and ginger shortbread can be booked in advance.
Tickets start at £6.95 for children and there are parent and toddler sessions available for £11.50. For group bookings call 01962 857275.

Winchester Cathedral
9 The Close
SO23 9LS

Most of these ice rinks are closed on Christmas Day and availability and prices can vary – check the websites for details.


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