As the countdown to Christmas starts to heat up, we’ve decide to take a look at one of the coolest winter activities around – ice skating! UK cities have seen a number of enchanting ice rinks pop up in time for Christmas, so if you fancy trying out this exciting winter sport then keep reading as we list the best city ice rinks available in the UK this year.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink: London
Providing a beautiful setting for a romantic skate, the Hampton Court Palace ice rink is set in front of Henry VIII’s stunning Tudor abode. With wonderful views of this impressive royal residence, skating here is a sure-fire way to impress your other half this Christmas.
Opening times: Open until January 3rd with various skating sessions throughout the week. Please see website for further information.
Price: Prices start from as little as £11.50 for adults, £9.50 for concessions, £9.50 for children aged 8-16 and £9 for children ages 2-7.
Contact: www.thehamptoncourticerink.co.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; 02920 230130
Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink: Edinburgh
Overlooked by the Big Wheel, Princes Street Gardens ice rink boasts wonderful views of the city of Edinburgh. This attraction is always busy and it’s not hard to see why; at the heart of Edinburgh’s festivities, a quick blitz on the ice is perfect for entertaining children who have spent far too long shopping!
Opening times: The Princes Street Gardens ice rink is open until January 4th and has daily skating sessions from 10am until 4pm, as well as nightly skating sessions from 5pm until 9.30pm.
Price: £5 per person for a 30 minute slot. All children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/princes-street-gardens-ice-rink; 08445 478252
Eden Project: Cornwall
Located in one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions, the Eden Project ice rink is not to be missed. Especially good for children, this festive ice rink offers a variety of fun skating sessions throughout the week, including races and ice games.
Opening times: Open from now until February 28th, the Eden Project ice rink has various skating sessions available throughout the week. Please see website for further information.
Price: Prices start from just £6. (Please note that a valid Eden admission ticket is also required.)
Contact: www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating; 01726 811911
Manchester Ice Rink: Manchester
Manchester’s ice rink is a very popular attraction and a wonderful location to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the city. With its later opening hours, this is another top spot for a romantic date with many couples choosing to stay late and skate under the stars.
Opening times: Open until January 3rd, the Manchester ice rink offers 45 minute skating sessions from 10am until 9pm daily.
Price: Prices start from £9 for adults, £8 for students, £8 for children and family tickets are available from £24.
Contact: www.manchestericerink.co.uk; 01618 209718
Winter Wonderland Ice Rink: Cardiff
As the centre piece of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, this ice rink gets a lot of attention and whether you’re skating or just observing, there are plenty of laughs to be had by everyone. Advertised as an essential winter experience, this ice rink is a must for anyone in the Cardiff area.
Opening times: Open from now until January 3rd, the Winter Wonderland ice rink offers a variety of skating sessions throughout the week. Please see website for further information.
Price: Prices start from £9 for adults, £7.50 for students, concessions and children aged 13-16, £6.50 for children ages 9-12, £6 for children aged 3-7 and family tickets are available from £28.
Contact: www.cardiffwinterwonderland.com/en/ice-rink/; 02920 230130