The 10 Best: Outdoor ice rinks


1. York

From £8.50 child and £9.50 adult,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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.

9. Cardiff

From £6 for child and adult,

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,

A rink in the courtyard of the neoclassical arts venue located between the Thames and the Strand.