Outdoor Ice Rinks in Britain

Dates are for December 2006 – January 2007


Greenwich Ice Rink

December 2 – January 14

The Old Royal Naval College provides a backdrop for Greenwich’s ice rink.

Book tickets here

Somerset House Ice Rink November 22 – January 28

A long standing favourite for winter ice skating, Somerset House’s courtyard is turned into one Britain’s most scenic outdoor ice rinks. Open 10am – 10pm

Book tickets here or call: 0870 1451163

Kew Gardens Ice Rink

November 25 – January 7

Surrounded by trees bedecked with fairy lights, the Kew Gardens Ice Rink is pretty as a picture.

Book tickets here or call: 0870 4000601

Hampstead Heath Ice Rink

December 2 – January 14

The Hampstead Heath Ice Rink at Parliament Hill Fields is returning for a second year.

Book tickets here or call: 0870 0601792

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink December 2 – January 14

Ice skating within the grounds of Henry VIII’s splendid palace.

Book tickets here or call: 0870 0601778

Natural History Museum Ice Rink November 9 – January 21 In the grounds of the Natural History Museum this winter, offering the chance to enjoy open air ice skating in a grand London setting.

Book tickets here or call: 0870 4000601

Royal Windsor Ice Rink December 2 – January 14

Alexandra Gardens is transformed into a giant outdoor ice rink. From 10am to 10pm. Alexandra Gardens, Windsor.

Buy tickets here or call: 0870 169 6892

Rest of Britain

Exeter Ice Rink

December 2 – January 14

Bampfylde Street (next to the Exeter Bus Station)

Tickets: 01392 265885

Taunton Ice Rink

December 7 – January 2

Next to the Brewhouse Theatre.

Buy tickets here or call: 0845 1302773

Warwick Castle Ice Rink

December 11 – January 3

Warwick Castle doesn’t just have an ice rink this year, but a 60 metre ice slide, below the Castle’s dramatic towers and ramparts.

Tickets: 0870 442 2375

Plymouth Ice Rink

November 18 – January 2

The West Country’s largest ice rink. Tickets: 01752 765500

Manchester Ice Rink

November 17 – January 17

Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens is boasting a brand-new outdoor skating rink complete with an Ice Bar this winter. Tickets: 0870 066 6840

Edinburgh Ice Rink

November 24 – January 7

Princes Street Gardens will once again host Edinburgh’s Winter Festival and one of Britain’s largest outdoor ice rinks.

Tickets: 0131 622 6552

Glasgow Ice Rink

November 25 – December 24

Glasgow’s George Square will be turned into a grand ice skating palace with mulled wine to thaw out chilled skaters.

Tickets: 0141 566 4983

Skating in Cornwall

November 5 – February 25

The Eden Project’s winter festival boasts the region’s first open-air ice rink.

Tickets: 01726 811972

Norwich Ice Rink

November 11 – January 7

Tickets: 01603 212212

Cardiff Ice Rink

November 16 – January 7

Skating al fresco in front of Cardiff City Hall.

Tickets: 02920 872 087