The 10 Best: Outdoor ice rinks
Wednesday 30 November 2011
From £8.50 child and £9.50 adult, theicefactor.co.uk
The Ice Factor is a festive 900-square-metre rink – part of York's Winter Wonderland village square.
2. Winchester Cathedral
From £5 child and £9.50 adult, Winchester-cathedral.org.uk
This rink is located next to the 11th-century cathedral and set in the atmospheric Christmas market.
3. Hyde Park, London
From £8.50 child and £10.50 adult, hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
This new rink – the biggest in the UK – has been built around Hyde Park's Victorian Bandstand.
4. Spinningfields, Manchester
From £5 child and £8.50 adult, spinningfieldsicerink.com
Returning to Spinningfields for its fourth year, this rink hosts more than 200 skaters per hour.
5. Tower of London
From £8 child and £10.50 adult, toweroflondonicerink.com
Skate beneath the ramparts, towers and battlements of this spectacular Norman fortress. If you start to feel chilly, simply head for the café.
6. Hampton Court, Surrey
From £8.50 child and £10.50 adult, hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.com
You won't find a more romantic location than Hampton Court Palace, so grab your hat, gloves and scarf to skate beneath the stars.
7. Edinburgh Castle
From £6 child and £8.50 adult, edinburghschristmas.com
Get your skates and head for one of Europe's biggest open-air ice rinks, below Edinburgh's ancient castle.
8. Eden Project, Cornwall
This magical rink is back with a new look and skating sessions for all ages and abilities. It's a glittering winter wonderland.
From £6 for child and adult, cardiffswinterwonderland.com
Winter Wonderland returns to Cardiff this year with the Admiral Open Air Ice Rink next to City Hall.
10. Somerset House, London
From £7.50 child and adult, somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink
A rink in the courtyard of the neoclassical arts venue located between the Thames and the Strand.
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