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Top UK outdoor ice rinks

Skate at some of the UK’s most famous landmarks

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Britain’s seasonal ice rinks welcome everyone from experts to absolute beginners and those of us with two left feet and a fear of the cold. Here are some of the most beautifully located.

Tower of London, London, England
Get your skates on and head to London and one of Britain’s most famous icons. Skate beneath the ramparts, towers and battlements of this spectacular Norman fortress, home of the crown jewels, historic arms and armour and nearly 1,000 years of British history.

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Somerset House, London, England
One of the most beautiful skating backdrops in Britain, Somerset House is the neoclassical arts venue sitting between the River Thames and the Strand in London. You’ll find the ice rink in the courtyard. This year you can enjoy spiced mulled wine, late-night shopping at the Christmas Arcade and even winter-themed club nights with live DJs.
 
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Eden Project, Cornwall, England
Warm up in Eden’s mighty greenhouses before chilling out on the ice at Cornwall’s Eden Project, one of Britain’s most spectacular gardens. This year there’ll be skating lessons, an ice disco and delicious rink-side food and drink.
 
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Winchester Cathedral, England
Winchester’s ice rink is set in the atmospheric surrounds of Winchester’s Christmas market next to the 11th-century cathedral. Show off your moves on the ice then enjoy hearty mountain casseroles, sweet and savoury strudels, homemade soup, mulled wine and hot chocolate at the Ice Rink Café.
 
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Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff’s outdoor ice rink is the centrepiece of Cardiff’s Christmas celebrations. And if you’re not keen on the skating you can always take refuge in the heated spectators’ terrace, ride on the Ferris Wheel and fill up on mulled wine from the ice café bar.
 
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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Skate on one of Europe’s biggest open-air ice rinks below Edinburgh’s ancient castle and take in Edinburgh’s unique skyline lit up for Christmas. You can also enjoy a whole host of wintry activities including festive music, theatre and seasonal food and drink.

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Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, England
You won’t find many ice rinks in a more romantic location than Hampton Court Palace. Skate beneath the stars outside Henry VIII’s favourite royal palace and savour the historic flavour at this Thames-side icon.
 
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Brighton Royal Pavilion, Sussex, England
Strap on your skates at the elegant Royal Pavilion, one of Britain’s most unusual buildings. This exotic fantasy was built in the 18th century by the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

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