Natural History Museum Ice Rink

  • 19 October 2019 - 12 January 2020
    Open 10.00-22.00 (times vary)

    Closed 25 December

  • Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80 and families from £39.60 during off-peak sessions. Members save 10% when tickets are booked onsite.
    Transaction fees apply.

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter.

Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

Access

Find out about step-free access to the Ice Rink, Café Bar and viewing platform, and check when accessible sessions take place.

Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. Remember, you may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven't booked your session in advance, especially during peak times.

Adults and toddlers

Bring your toddler for a skate on weekday sessions up to and including 15.00 and you'll both enjoy a free hot chocolate, tea, coffee or soft drink for just £10, plus transaction fees. 

Valid on weekday sessions until 13 December, and weekdays between 6-10 January. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Café Bar and balcony

The Café Bar has a bird's-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes.

Warm up with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine. Or take your pick from a range of delicious meals and cakes, and a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks.

We sometimes close the Café Bar for private functions. Please check back here for up-to-date closure information.

To plan your own party or event at the Ice Rink, contact skating@img.com for more details or visit the Parties and private events page.


Special sessions and offers

Champagne on Ice New Year's Eve Party

Eat, skate and be merry at our New Year's Eve party. Enjoy extended skate sessions from 21.00-22.45 and 23.00-00.30, a complimentary glass of champagne in the Café Bar and a DJ bringing the party until 01.00. 

31 Dec, £30.00

Students

Students with a valid TOTUM (NUS) card can get a free drink along with their skating session for just £10.50, plus transaction fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

This offer is available for any session on Mondays to Thursdays, up to and including 12 December 2019, and Mondays to Thursdays from 6-9 January 2020. 

Museum Members

Natural History Museum Members are able to buy adult tickets for £9.00 and child tickets for £6.00 (excluding handling fee) during weekday sessions in November. Members get a 10% discount on skating sessions. Simply show your membership card when booking tickets at the box office. This offer is valid on tickets for named Members only. Non-members in your party will need to purchase full-price tickets. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Group bookings

Book in advance for a group of 10 or more and receive a discount
Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on off-peak tickets.
Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on standard tickets.
Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on peak tickets.
To book a group visit call Ticketmaster on +44 (0)844 844 2121.

School groups

Pre-book a school group of ten students or more (16 years and under) for £7 tickets for each student. Teachers and helpers accompanying the group skate for free. Ticket prices are subject to change.

See our FAQ to check the required adult to student ratios before booking.

For information and to book call +44 (0)844 847 2491. The offer is valid up to and including the 15.00 session, Monday to Friday, up to and including Thursday 13 December.


Packages and lessons

Skating lessons

Perfect your skills on the ice with our highly-skilled skate instructors.

At the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, we offer 30-minute lessons for individuals and pairs that are specifically tailored to your needs.

We also offer Ice Marshal group bookings (up to five skaters per booking) who can help guide you around the ice for the entire session.

Please contact skating@offtowork.co.uk to book.

Penguin Skate Club

Calling all little ones looking to perfect their skating skills - the Penguin Skate Club will be running lessons for children aged four to eight.

Penguin Skate Club is held on Saturday mornings from 2-16 November at 10.00 and 11.00 and from 23 November-04 January at 9.00 and 10.00. Check the event page for specific session dates and times.

The cost is £16.50 plus transaction fees*, per child, per lesson. Each lesson has a limit of 15 children and places must be booked online in advance. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Bubbles and skate

Add a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake to your skate session for a touch of indulgence. Just £28 plus transaction fees.

This offer includes free use of the cloakroom and is available for all skate sessions, but must be booked online in advance. 

Scoff and Banter packages

Scoff & Banter skate and dine package

Fill up with a two or three-course meal at Scoff & Banter Kensington before or after your skate session. View a sample menu.

Tickets start at £28.50 plus transaction fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Your meal must be claimed on the same date as your skate session and this offer must be booked in advance. To reserve a table at Scoff & Banter, please call 0207 666 1891.

Book now

 

Scoff & Banter afternoon tea package

Indulge in a fabulous afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Kensington before or after your skate session. View a sample menu.

£38.50-£43.50 plus transaction fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Your meal must be claimed on the same date as your skate session and this offer must be booked in advance. To reserve a table at Scoff & Banter, please call 0207 666 1891.

Book now
 

Scoff & Banter winter cocktails and small plates package

Enjoy winter cocktails and small plates for two at Scoff & Banter Kensington before or after your skate session. View a sample menu.

£39.50-£43.50 plus transaction fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Your meal must be claimed on the same date as your skate session and this offer must be booked in advance. To reserve a table at Scoff & Banter, please call 0207 666 1891.

Book now

 

Private photographer

Hire one of our professional photographers who will spend 30 minutes capturing your great memories out on the ice.

Included in this very special package will be ten photo booklets with your ten favourite photos. Alongside this, all of your images will be available to download.

Please contact richard.h@imageinsight.com to book, limited availability.

Booking fee

You will be charged a booking fee of 10% of the face value of the tickets purchased.

Bad weather conditions

The Ice Rink is outdoors and operates in nearly all weather conditions, so please dress accordingly. We do not refund skating sessions because of bad weather. In the unlikely event that the Ice Rink must close, alternative sessions will be offered.

FAQ

Got a question? Discover everything you need to know about visiting the Ice Rink including arrival times, skate hire and other frequently asked questions.

Contact

Find opening times and information about booking tickets, group visits and a dedicated session with an ice marshal.

Access

Find out about step-free access to the Ice Rink, Café Bar and viewing platform, and check when accessible sessions take place.

Parties and private events

The Ice Rink is the perfect setting for children's parties or to entertain clients, colleagues or friends.

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