Ice skating is the perfect winter treat for the whole family, as it gets you out doing some exercise in the great outdoors, but is so fun you won’t have to ask the kids twice. Some of the best temporary ice rinks in the UK can be found in London, so it’s worth planning a coach trip to the capital for some festive cheer.
Here are the top three to check out at landmark locations:
Natural History Museum - until January 6th
The most iconic of London’s seasonal rinks has to be the one that pops up in front of the Natural History Museum every year. It’s impossible not to be enchanted by this vast rink, which features a fir tree at its centre and the stunning backdrop of the museum’s historic facade. Post-skate, follow the twinkling lights around the edge of the rink to find tasty food and drink to refuel and warm up.
Tickets start at £12.65 for adults, £8.80 for children and £39.60 for a family. If you’re members of the museum, don’t forget to claim your ten per cent discount.
Somerset House - until January 13th
Another impressive place to skate in front of is Somerset House, which will once again be hosting its own rink. The 900-square metres on ice are found right in the 18th-century courtyard of this grand mansion, making it a truly special experience. When you’re done, you can indulge in the finer things in life, with champagne and upmarket food, as well as live music and DJ collaborations being staged.
Prices begin at £11 for adults and £8.50 for children under five, with concessions available.
Tower of London - until January 6th
There’s nothing much cooler than skating around the ice in the moat at the Tower of London. Obviously, you get views of the historic landmark and you can also see the River Thames, making it a constant reminder that you’re skating in a world-class location. The rinkside cafes and bars will be offering warming snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout your skate.
Adult tickets cost £14.50 and under-15s get in for £12.50, while under-12s are £10.50. There are two types of family ticket available, depending on the number of children, as well as several concession options.
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