Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Things to do , Ice skating
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Henry VIII's sixteenth-century pad makes a mighty picturesque backdrop for this 900-metre-square outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark. Those who aren't too confident on skates can hire an ice guide, and younger visitors can book skate lessons in advance. Any unsteady nerves can be soothed with a mulled wine from the Ice Bar and Café, so there's no reason not to wrap up warm and take a turn on the ice in this regal back yard.

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We arrived for the first session on a Friday in mid December expecting it to be packed, but we were fortunate to be two of the ten people there in total. The pre-skate tent was well equipped with a cute wintery cafe, viewing space, a cloakroom etc, with a wide selection of skates available for free hire. Due to the warm weather this year, the rink itself was unfortunately very waterlogged and flooded in places but dry and rough in others, which meant people were falling over all over the place...but staff were quick to come and check people were ok!!! Despite this, I would definitely pick Hampton Court for skating over the over-crowded ice rinks in central London! 


Absolutely delightful venue! We went to the Sunday 14:45 session, the sun was setting while we were skating, the lights adding to the already magical backdrop of the palace. Unfortunately though the rink itself was waterlogged under at least an inch of water and there were so many skaters on the ice, it was difficult to get around - as if the challenge of staying upright was not enough already;) But if you're prepared to get severely wet, it's worth every penny!