This aritcle was produced by National Geographic Traveller (UK).
The most magical Christmas experiences are made of ice and snow. So wrap your loved ones up and hit the ice at these ice skating rinks across the UK.
1. Winter Wonderland, Cardiff, Wales
16 November 2023 – 2 January 2024
Part of the city’s sparkling Winter Wonderland funfair, this covered rink is see-through, allowing views of Cardiff Castle while being sheltered from the elements. For further fun on the ice, travel down the Ice Walk that extends through the grounds for 150m with a breathtaking backdrop of the Norman Keep.
2. Somerset House, London, England
15 November 2023 – 14 January 2024
The capital positively glitters with skating rinks over the festive season. The most magical is at Somerset House, where a skate school with over-8s slots and wheelchair sessions make the ice accessible to all. Treat yourself post-skating with the Skate Extras at the Chalet Suisse in the West Wing of Somerset House, including a sharing gourmet hot chocolate and chocolate fondues.
3. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton, England
28 October 2023 – 7 January 2024
Those summer scorchers at the seaside might be a distant memory, but there’s still reason to head to the coast this Christmas. Set against the city’s Indo-Saracenic-style former royal residence, Brighton’s green-energy ice rink has special free sessions for under-5s, and warming offers at the Rinkside Bar & Kitchen range, from hot chocolate with marshmallows to ginger wine and craft beers.
(A guide to Brighton.)
4. Edinburgh Winter Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
18 November 2023 – 6 January 2024
When you’ve had your fill of the Christmas Markets along Princes Street, make your way to West George St to enjoy a glide across the ice. Fixed between Castle Street and Charlotte Square, the covered rink makes its mark with its scenic backdrop of the City Chambers.
5. Bath on Ice, Bath, England
17 November – 3 January 2024
After a stroll through Bath’s Christmas Market, slip away to their uncovered ice rink that perfects the festive atmosphere with real ice and a backdrop of the glittering night sky overhead. This Winter Wonderland comes with seasonal favourites, including spiced mulled wine and cider at their heated outdoors bar.
Published in the December 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
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