The Best Ice Rinks In The UK
If you are thinking of getting your mates together to do something fun and festive, then why not try out a bit of ice skating. It is such a wintery feeling, wrapping up warm, getting your ice skates on and showing off your skills (or landing on your bum if you’re anything like us). Whether you are a super skater or a bit of a novice, ice skating is worth a try especially if you are in a beautiful setting.
Outdoor ice rinks have become a bit of a UK favourite in the past couple of years, and now they are sure to be popping up in a town near you. If you fancy someplace special then check out our guide to the best ice rinks in the UK!
Natural History Museum, London
Off the top of our heads we count three ice rinks in London alone, but this one at the Natural History Museum is truly beautiful. 2014 is its tenth year of being open and it is clear to see why people come back year after year. An impressive skating space of 1000 square metres means that you can pick up some speed, but there’s a smaller rink for children, so you won’t have to worry about knocking anyone over. After you have had your session, head over to the bar for some mulled wine and minced pies, mm perfect.
The Eden Project, Cornwall
If you are in Cornwall then head down to The Eden Projects ice rink. There is no need to worry about the weather as the ice rink is indoors. When you get a bit peckish head to one of the many stalls selling traditional pasties or you can get crafty by making your own edible Christmas decorations.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Skate till your heart’s content at the Royal Pavilion ice rink. Of an evening the Asian inspired building is beautifully illuminated, giving it that little something extra. If you are not one for skating then soak up the atmosphere on the terrace or grab something to eat in the restaurant. The Asian themed design has been kept throughout the bar, terrace and restaurant which makes this ice rink very different to others around the UK.
Winter Wonderland, Cardiff
Winter Wonderland has made a return to Cardiff and along with it comes the open air ice rink. Often named as Cardiff’s Christmas highlight the Winter Wonderland is definitely worth a visit. After you have gotten a little tired from ice skating, you can take a wander around the Alpine Village and check out the tasty treats on offer. For all the thrill seekers out there that still want adventure, then go and take a ride on some of the funfair attractions that are available too.
- Subscribe to The Student Pocket Guide for exclusive competitions, deals, discounts, tips and advice!
- Read The Student Pocket Guide.