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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

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KidRated’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink Top Tips:

  • Warm-up in the ski lodge style cafe
  • Use both entrances: Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road
  • Get your skates on! It’s only open until January

Ice skating and winter go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. At the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, you can skate this winter in a beautiful setting. In the shadows of the great museum, the rink caters to all abilities and ages.


At 1000 metres squared the rink is big enough that confident skaters can whizz past backwards if they so wish but won’t knock into anyone on the ice for the first time. However, if you are a beginner or have young kids with you it might be wise to book a morning session at a quieter time. The closer to Christmas it gets, the busier and busier the ice rink becomes.


The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is not the only place to skate outside in London this winter. You will also find ice rinks at Somerset House, under the London Eye, and at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Why not watch our review of Hampton Court Ice Rink?


Wheelchair sessions are available, but at other times wheelchairs are not permitted onto the ice. Young children can wear two-blade bob skates. There is also a limited number of penguin skate aids to rent at the rink.  If you don’t fancy skating, the cafe is great and serves perfect post-skating snacks like mince pies as well as hot food, hot drinks and alcohol.

Booking Advice:

  • Book in advance (online or by phone) to avoid disappointment
  • Book before the 25th September for priority 2-4-1 bookings! 
  • Lessons can be booked in advance
  • Check the website for special events




Cromwell Rd


27th October 2016 – 8th January 2017

Phone number:

+44 (0)84 4847 1576


How to get there:

Tube: South Kensington

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I did this last Christmas with some friends of mine and it was so magical! I don’t go ice skating very often but this is the time and place to do it. We got hot chocolates and hung out at the cafe there and just had such a good time. It’s nice and central as well so easy to get to for all of us. I’d 100% recommend this to anyone – it puts you in the festive mood!

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