Make the most of the winter season at Britain's most scenic ice rinks
This wonderful open-air ice rink enjoys jawdropping views of Henry VIII’s mighty palace, especially when it is lit up in the evening. Open until 4 January 2015, it is priced from £11.50 per adult per session. For more information, see thehamptoncourticerink.co.uk.
This year, London’s most iconic ice rink has teamed up with one of the most celebrated department stores: Fortnum & Mason. Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason combines atmospheric skating in the courtyard of the stunning Neo-Classical house with a stylish Christmas Arcade – a Fortnum & Mason pop up shop brimming with festive treats – and the exquisite Fortnum’s Lodge for delicious food, warming drinks and indulgent cocktails. Open until 11 January 2015, it is priced from £7.50. For more details, see www.somersethouse.org.uk.
Festive skating rarely gets more magical than at the Eden Project, where a winter wonderland of hanging stars, snowflakes and twinkling lights surrounds the spectacular rink. Open until 22 February 2015 and priced at £6 per session. For more details, see www.edenproject.com.
Set at the foot of the Cardiff City Hall, this open-air ice rink stands at the heart of the Christmas Alpine village and oozes festive cheer. Open until 5 January 2015, it is priced at £9 per adult per session. For more details, see www.cardiffwinterwonderland.com.
Winchester’s breathtaking Cathedral towers above this fabulous open-air ice rink, which is set at the heart of the festive German market. Skating gets particularly atmospheric in the evening when the Christmas lights are switched on. Until 4 January 2015, from £7.60 per adult per session. For more information, see www.christmasinwinchester.co.uk.
Stretched at the foot of the London Eye, this striking ice rink offers the best in panoramic skating with beautiful views of the giant wheel, the SouthBank lights and the Thames beyond. Open until 4 January 2015, it is priced from £9.45 per adult per session. For more details, see www.londoneye.com.
The Royal Pavilion is the magnificent backdrop for this stunning, beautifully lit ice rink. A fabulous ringside bar is perfect to enjoy a bite and soak up the festive atmosphere. Open until 18 January 2015 and priced at £10 per adult per session. For more information, see www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk.
This scenic ice rink sits at the foot of the Natural History Museum, bordered by a pretty crafts market and trees bedecked in twinkling lights. Now it its tenth year, it has become established as one of London’s best Christmas traditions. Open until 4 January 2015, it is priced from £12.65 per adult per session (including booking fee). For more details, see www.nhm.ac.uk.