Outdoor Ice Rinks in the UK
Posted on October 01, 2015 by David
In an earlier article we rounded up what are, in our humble view, the crème de la crème of the UK's outdoor rinks. Now, for those 'completists' out there, we've pulled together a directory of all the outdoor ice rinks in the UK.
The last few Christmases have seen an explosion in the number of outdoor ice rinks popping up around the Country. It's part and parcel of our love affair for all things festively continental - witness the growing numbers of us choosing to sip Glühwein at one or other of the German markets dotted around the UK. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of the UK's outdoor rinks. If there's one that we have missed, drop us an email and we'll add it.
Edinburgh Ice Rink
St Andrew Square features the Spiegeltent, this is where the shows take place. There will be a Scottish Market, the helter skelter, carousels, a brand new ice rink! There's no reason to worry about getting cold, as the bars will serve drinks which will warm you up.
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (edinburghschristmas.com)
Glasgow Outdoor Ice Rink
Glasgow’s ice rink, will be the scene of a variety of different ice-related activities for all ages. This ice rink accommodates the needs of everyone, so everyone will have a good time.
George Square, Glasgow (
Brighton Ice Rink
At Brighton Pavillion the 800 square-metre rink uses green energy to freeze ice and supply its power. Brighton Ice Rink is not only the most eco ice rink in the UK, but it's possibly one of the most atmospheric, too.
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton (
South West & London
Winterville returns to East London located at Winterville Clock Tower with another packed programme of entertainment, attractions, food and drink. This little festive town offers seasonal classics and dazzling alternatives for all ages.
Victoria Park, London (visitlondon.com)
Broadgate Ice Rink
Broadgate Ice Rink returns to Exchange Square, however this years special events are still to be announced! So visit their website for updates.
Exchange Square, Broadgate, London (londontown.com)
Windsor on Ice
All levels of skaters are welcome, experienced and inexperienced, so dont feel ashamed if you aren't the best skater! Non-skaters and enjoy the festive food court and some attractions which are under cover, so non-skaters can relax and stay warm while watching their family or friends have fun on the ice rink.
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead (windsoronice.com)
Skate at Somerset house with Fortnum & Mason
A 900 metre square ice rink within courtyard of the neo-classical Somerset House in London. Skate either day or night, and visit the Christmas arcade!
Somerset House Strand London ( somersehouse.org.uk)
Natural History Museum Outdoor Ice Rink
Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by smell of mulled wine, fairy lights wrapped around trees, and toasted marshmallows in the air. This creates the perfect Christmas atmosphere.
Natural History Museum, London (www.nhm.ac.uk)
The Eden Project Ice Rink
The Christmas ice rink at the Eden Project is unusual amongst our pick of the best outdoor ice rinks – in that it’s not actually outdoors, it'll be held inside one of the bio domes.
Eden Project Cornwall (
Winchester Ice Rink
The Inner Close is transformed by our Christmas Market and open-air real ice rink, for five weeks over the Christmas period. Experience an exhilarating skate under the stars with friends and family, and make the most of the Christmas holidays.
9 The Close, Winchester, Hampshire (
Canary Wharf Ice Rink has an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. A perfect event for a family day out, the ideal special date venue, guaranteed a fun night out with friends.
Canada Square Park, London (icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk)
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Henry VIII's sixteenth-century pad makes a mighty picturesque backdrop for this 900-metre-square outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark. This ice skating venue will provide great views, which will make your ice skating experience more enjoyable.
East Molesey, Surrey, London (hamptoncourticerink.com)
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015. If you want to do more than just ice skating then dont worry, there will be plenty of festive activities for you to do.
Ice Skating at Wembley Park
Slide around under Wembley's arch on this huge outdoor ice rink before shopping at the German Christmas market.
Wembley Park, Wembley, Greater London (iceskatingatwembleypark.co.uk)
Tower of London Ice Rink
Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical, and beautiful setting for seasonal skating sessions, along with views of London's ancient fortress.
Tower Hill, London (toweroflondonicerink.com)
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink is an ideal place for a Christmas skate. Don't worry about the weather as it is indoors, so you'll be guaranteed to stay stay and warm. - not least because it's indoors so you don't have to rely on the weather to ensure a skating session.
Alexandra Palace Way, London (londontown.com)
Westfield London Ice Rink
There will be a lot going on at this ice rink such as family entertainment,DJs, themed sessions, and live performances. Younger kids are looked after by a seal and deal stabilisers, to help them skate.
Ariel Way, London (uk.westfield.com)
Manchester Ice Rink
Spinningfields will once again be home to one of the most inviting open-air ice rinks in the UK for the fifth year.
Spinningfields, Hardman Boulevard, Off Deansgate, Manchester (
Selfridges Trafford Ice Rink
Head to the covered ice rink attached to Selfridges Trafford in Manchester, to experience the joy of ice skating no matter what the weather is like!
Selfridges, Trafford Centre, Manchester (
The Ice Factor
The Ice Factor in York is opening its doors once again year alongside York Christmas Market and the city's Winter Wonderland.
York Designer Outlet, St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York (
Cardiff Ice Rink
A festive highlight in Cardiff is its wonderful annual Winter Wonderland with a range of attractions and colourful rides around the site. Perfect if you really want to get into the Christmas spirit!
City Hall Lawn, Civic Centre, Cardiff (
Christmas Kingdom at the Celtic Manor
Do you fancy a winter adventure? Of course you do, so visit Christmas Kingdom at the Celtic Manor Resort. Skate with your family and friends, whilst listening to Christmas songs to get you into the Christmas Spirit. If that isnt enough, why not visit Santa at his grotto!
Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport (celtic-manor.com)
Bath on Ice
Beautifully lit up after dark city centre location makes us the ideal choice for a great festive activity. Celebrate Christmas in style along with friends, family, or Christmas parties.
Bath on Ice, Royal Pavilion, Royal Avenue, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (
Birmingham Ice Rink
Get your skates on - Birmingham is once again hosting the popular outdoor ice rink just along from the German Christmas Market. So why not do some Christmas Shopping, and then visit the ice rink and enjoy yourself.
Centenary Square, Birmingham (birminghammail.co.uk)