Britain's best ice rinks for top winter days out

The best locations to get your skates on this Christmas


Nothing gets you in the festive mood quite like a romantic skate on the ice. Providing winter fun (and a few falls!) for all ages, the UK's top ice rinks offer fantastic days out in the winter.

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With the help of, we've rounded up the best outdoor ice rinks across the UK and great places to stay nearby. So whether you're a pro skater or would simply prefer to sip mulled wine and watch in amusement, these festive ice rinks are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Natural History Museum, London

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Natural History Museum, this open-air ice rink is a firm favourite for the whole family and is open now. Take the chance to look around the incredible exhibitions before putting yourself and your family on ice for certified hilarity. When? 27 October 2016 - 8 January 2017.Stay: The Cheval Harrington Court

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

This year, discover why Brighton is a top destination for families and friends all year round. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful outdoor skating rinks in the South East, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton is the perfect setting for an outdoor skating adventure. When? 5 November 2016 – 15 January 2017.Stay: The Griffin Guest House

Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and with its beautiful, Gothic architecture is a wonderful place for a Christmas skate. Opening for the 10th year, the rink has a glass roof so you can get your skate on in rain or shine. When? 18 November 2016 – 2 January 2017.Stay: Hannah's

Winter Wonderland, London

The ultimate destination for all things Christmas, London's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park offers everything from a Bavarian beer garden, market stalls, circus attractions and of course, an open-air ice skating rink. With live music from the bandstand and a fluttering of fairy lights, nothing else will make you feel quite as Christmassy as a trip here. When? 18 November 2016 - 2 January 2017.Stay: 9 Hertford Street Apartments

St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh

This year, Edinburgh is going all out for Christmas with a Scottish Market at George Street, a European Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens and a large, open-air ice skating rink in St Andrew's Square. When? 18 November 2016 - 7 January 2017.Stay: Destiny Scotland St Andrew's Square Apartments

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Get your skates on! Best ice rinks for winter fun

Get your skates on! Best ice rinks for winter fun