Get your skates on…

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As temperatures drop, snow falls, windows frost and pavements glisten – it’s almost impossible to think of anything else but ice.

But, with open air ice rinks popping-up in some of Blighty’s most breathtaking locations it’s easy to fill yourself with festive cheer by swapping the bothersome, step-slowing street ice for the glistening and festive ice rink.

With magical rinks set by Edinburgh castle, London’s iconic landmarks and Cornwall’s Eden project, there’s sure to be a destination, near or far, that will fill your winter nights with Christmas sparkle – whether you’re looking to amuse the children on a family friendly Christmas break or to romance a special someone as you swirl hand-in-hand across the ice.

I’ve listed my top festive ice-picks below, so you’ve every reason to get your skates on this winter!


With open-air skating rinks appearing by London’s iconic landmarks, there’s every reason to indulge in a little festive skating when visiting the cosmopolitan capital. Whether you’d like to skate by canary wharf, the London Eye, the Natural History museum, the Tower of London or historic Somerset House, you’re sure to find a winter wonderland waiting.

Don’t forget to check London hotel offers when planning your merry-making in the capital this Christmas!


Set in the shadow of Edinburgh’s historic hill-top castle, there’s sure to be something magical about taking to the ice on Edinburgh’s Princes Street ice rink. And with a traditional Christmas market on-hand serving warm mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate and Scottish shortbread along with crafty Christmas presents, there’s plenty to occupy the skate-shy too.

Please remember to check our Edinburgh hotels before sloping off to bonny Scotland this Christmas.


Whether you’re looking to shop or indulge in a glass of bubbly or two, Manchester’s Spinningfields ice rink is the place to hot-foot to. With an open air rink on Hardman Boulevard, twinkling Christmas trees, a two tier log-cabin themed pop-up bar and boutique shops aplenty nearby, a visit to Spinningfields is sure to feel like an early Christmas present for even the most winter-weary of adults.

And with our sparkling Manchester hotel offers, you’re sure to feel even more care-free as you spin and glide across the ice or shelter from the cold in the lively Lodge bar.


Find your own Christmas skating paradise at Cornwall’s eco-haven, The Eden project, and whizz by tropical plants and greenery from inside its soaring white geodomes. Parents taking skating-shy little ones or toddlers to the Eden project can shun the skates and walk across the ice in special children’s sessions, where the excited little things can make-believe they’re in giant, domed igloos – not far from Santa’s North Pole workshop.

Don’t forget to check our Cornwall hotels for winter-warming deals.

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