It is traditional for Brits to take to the ice during the winter months and we’ve shortlisted the best places to go ice skating in the UK for you to try out.

The experience is magical whether you decide to skate or not because there is so much to do and see. For one thing seeing what people are wearing can be entertaining in itself. And don’t worry if you’ve never ice skated before either because you will definitely not be the only person hanging onto the railings for dear life.

Almost every town and city will erect an ice rink at this time of year. To find one nearest to you check out the interactive map here. Click on your region and it will suggest the nearest rinks. Many of them will offer lessons if you want a professional to show you the ropes.

Whilst you will find an ice rink near you there are a few that are very special and are well worth a visit, here are our favourites:

Brighton Royal Pavilion – Sussex, England

Royal Pavilion in Brighton is one of the best places to ice skate in the UK
Photo credit: Hugo Philpott

The ice rink at the Royal Pavilion is certainly one of the most beautiful in the country. The Palace mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China and was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV.

Dates: Open until 13th Jan 2019

Cost: Starting at £14

Cardiff Winter Wonderland – Cardiff, Wales

The historic civic centre of Cardiff has been transformed into an ice kingdom, complete with an Alpine Village, a fun fair, an ice rink and amazing ice sculptures

Dates: Open until 6 Jan 2019

Cost: Student concession ticket costs £9.50

St Andrew’s Square – Edinburgh, Scotland

Imagine skating around history itself and that is exactly what you would be doing in St Andrew’s Square when you take a turn around the Melville Monument. It was erected in 1823 to honour Viscount Melville who was dubbed the “uncrowned king of Scotland”

Dates: Open until 5th Jan 2019

Cost: Starting at £5

Somerset House – London, England

Somerset House in London is one of the best places to ice skate in the UK
Photo credit: James Bryant

The ice rink at Somerset house is one of the most beautiful in the country. By day you can skate whilst taking in the stunning courtyard that will transport you to a bygone era. After dark the vibe, however,  changes and you could be in a swanky night club as a host of international DJs pump out the coolest sounds.

The experience can be finished off at the super luxe Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge and shop at the pop up Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.

Dates – Open until 13th Jan 2019

Cost: from £11

Tower of London – London, England

Take in the dramatic surroundings of the 1,000-year-old Tower of London as your glide around on the ice. The backdrop is as beautiful by night as it is by day as this world heritage site is washed in hundreds of snowflakes that light up the wall of the fortress after dark.

After you’ve enjoyed ice skating wrap up in one of the insulated coats provided and step inside Eis Haus bar, the pop-up bar and lounge made entirely of ice, and enjoy a drink in a chilled ice glass surrounded by crystal-clear ice sculptures.

Dates: Open until 6th Jan 2019

Cost: From £12.50

Eden Project – Cornwall, England

The Eden Project is well known for housing plants from around the world under ginormous dome like greenhouses. Whatever the weather is like outside visitors can bask in the warm eco-system but once a year things get a bit nippy with the arrival of the ice rink.  This is a great ice rink to visit because when you have had enough of being cold you can pop into one of the domes to warm up!

Dates: Open until 24th Feb 2019

Cost: Starting at £7