With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve been channelling our inner Torvill and Dean to bring you five of the best ice-skating rinks in the UK this winter.
Winter Wonderland, Cardiff
Visit the Welsh capital for the ultimate ice experience. Enjoy the one-of-its-kind 250m long open-air ice trail and glide past the impressively decorated Christmas tree on an icy tour of the Winter Wonderland. For those who enjoy ‘après-ski’, there’s a two-storey bar in which to relax with a drink before braving the big wheel with impressive views of Cardiff in all its seasonal splendour.
Brighton Royal Pavilion, Brighton
This magical ice rink will appeal to the environmentally conscious ice skater. Completely powered by solar and wind energy to minimise carbon emissions, the 880 square metre ice rink provides the ideal setting to show off your skating skills. Novices are made to feel welcome with the addition of a 130 square metre beginner’s rink, making this the perfect skating destination for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their skating prowess!
Natural History Museum, London
The grounds of London’s iconic Natural History Museum has undergone a festive transformation into an impressive ice rink complete with a majestic Christmas tree in the centre. Soak up the yuletide atmosphere with an unforgettable skating session, then warm up afterwards with an indulgent hot drink in the museum’s balcony café with stunning views of the capital.
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
If you’re looking for a skating experience fit for a King, then Hampton Court Palace offers an open-air ice rink in the grounds of King Henry VIII’s historic Tudor palace. This family-friendly venue provides skating aids for the children and skate hire for the adults to glide the day away in a stunning scenic setting. Not a skater? Don’t worry – spectators can while away a pleasant hour in the Ice Café / Bar with a hearty pie or glass of mulled wine.
Ice Village, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
Manchester’s Ice Village boasts an enthralling ice rink which is entirely under cover, allowing you to skate in comfort whatever the winter weather throws at you! After an energetic session on the ice, take a stroll through the interactive ice cavern, where mystical ice-beasts guard the frozen castle. We’ve even heard a whisper that Santa himself will be in attendance at his Ice Village Grotto!