Natural History Museum Ice Rink

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.

After an incredible 16 years, this will be the final year of the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum. The Museum will be transforming our five-acre gardens into a hub for urban wildlife, as part of a national campaign to encourage people to help nature on their doorsteps. You can read more about the Urban Nature Project here.

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.

The Museum Ice Rink will be operating with enhanced hygiene and safety measures. For a full list of measures, please see our FAQs.


  • Open 11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)

  • 22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022

    Closed 25 December

  • Adults from £12.65

    Children from £8.80

    Family tickets and Museum Member discounts are available.

    Ticket prices are subject to change. Transaction fees apply.

  • Visit and booking info

    Opening times

    The Ice Rink's main operating hours are 11.00-22.00. The Rink may open earlier or close later on weekends and during the holiday period.

    The Ice Rink will be closed on 25 December (Christmas Day).

    Museum Members save 10% when tickets are booked onsite or online through their Membership offer.

    Transaction fees apply. Ticket prices are subject to change.

    Booking fee

    You will be charged a booking fee of 10% of the face value of the tickets purchased. Ticket prices are subject to change.

    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.

    Ticket prices

    • Adult off peak: £12.65
    • Adult standard: £15.95
    • Adult peak: £17.05
    • Child off peak: £8.80
    • Child standard: £10.45
    • Child peak: £11.55
    • Students: £12.65 with a drink
    • Family off peak: £9.90 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
    • Family Standard: £10.73 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
    • Family Peak: £11.55 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
    • Adult and toddler: £11.50 with a drink (valid on weekday sessions up to and including 14.00 until 3 December 2021 and weekdays up to and including 14.00 on 10 - 14 January)

    Child tickets can be purchased for those aged 12 and under. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Adult tickets can be purchased for those aged 13 and over. 

  • COVID-19 safety measures

    We continue to follow the latest guidance and we will adhere to all relevant restrictions in place at the time of your skating session. At this current time visitors are encouraged to wear a mask indoors. NHS track and trace QR codes will be present, and we encourage visitors to check-in using the NHS app. Sanitiser is also available throughout the event.

    Full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page. You must comply with any entry requirements at the time of your visit. Entry will be refused should you fail to comply, and no refund will be offered.

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have to self-isolate, please do not attend your session. Contact the Customer Service Team (at least 24 hours ahead of your planned visit) at and they will try to book you on to an alternative date, subject to availability. We may request proof or further documentation of a positive test result from the NHS. We are unable to offer rebooking if you contact us after your session has taken place.

Special sessions & offers

  • Adults and toddlers

    Bring your toddler for a skate on weekday sessions up to and including 14.00 and you'll both enjoy a free mini hot chocolate, tea, coffee or soft drink for just £11.50, plus transaction fees. Ticket prices are subject to change.

    This offer is available now until 3 December 2021, and 10-14 January 2022.

  • Students

    Students with a valid student ID card can get a free drink (any hot drink, any soft drink, house wine or house beer) along with their skating session from £12.65, plus transaction fees.

    This offer is available Mondays to Thursdays until 9 December 2021, and 10-13 January 2022. 

  • Museum Members

    Museum Members can buy adult tickets for £9.00 and child tickets for £6.00 (excluding booking fee) during weekday sessions in November. Members also get a 10% discount on all skating sessions. 

    This offer is valid on tickets for named Members only and tickets are limited to four tickets per booking. Non-members in your party will need to purchase full price tickets. Members will need to present their membership card on arrival.

    Ticket pages for Member discounted tickets are regularly provided in Member e-newsletters, or Members can contact

  • Schools and group bookings

    Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on peak and off-peak tickets.

    To book a group visit please email


    Pre-book a school group of 10 students or more (16 years and under) for £7.00 tickets for each student. Teachers and helpers accompanying the group skate for free. Ticket prices are subject to change.

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

    For information and to book please email The offer is valid up to and including the 15.00 session, Monday to Friday, up to and including 9 December 2021.

News and events

Get the latest news about special events at the Ice Rink, sign up to our newsletter and hear about special offers.

Tickets are now on sale!

For all the latest Ice Rink news, tips and special offers, follow @NHM_IceRink on Twitter and @NHM_icerink on Instagram.

Closure information

The ice rink will be closed on 25 December (Christmas Day).



Natural History Museum Ice Rink 2017

Food and drink

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

The Café Bar has a bird's-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes. Even if you are not skating, you are more than welcome to pop up for a drink and a bite.


Accessible skate sessions

All sessions are now wheelchair accessible with a maximum of 10 wheelchair users per session. We also offer exclusive skate sessions for wheelchair users and those with additional needs.


People skating at the ice rink
Ice rink

Parties and private events

The Ice Rink is the perfect setting for children's parties or to entertain clients or colleagues. You can enjoy exclusive use of the Ice Rink and Café Bar for your private event or take to the ice for an event your guests will remember. 

Download the hospitality brochure to find out more.

To enquire about a private event, please email or complete this form to register your interest.

  • Children's parties

    Organise a children's party at the Ice Rink for a celebration with a difference.

    We can provide the essentials to guarantee a fun party, including food, drink and a delicious birthday cake. To make the party really shine, why not treat your guests to an ice skating lesson? Our friendly ice marshals will help with skating skills and ensure the children are looked after.

    Only food purchased or ordered from the on-site caterers may be consumed in the Café Bar and on the viewing platform. Birthday cakes should be ordered five working days in advance.

    Please see our Children's Party brochures for further information on a birthday party at the Ice Rink.


Penguin Skate Club

Calling all little ones looking to sharpen 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 6-20 November with sessions at 10.00 and 11.00, and 27 November - 8 January (excluding 1 January) with sessions at 9.00 and 10.00.

£18.15 (plus transaction fee) per child per lesson. Only available online.

A photo of a child at the ice rink


We welcome questions, comments and feedback about the Ice Rink, as well as marketing, press and sponsorship enquiries. 


Find out about step-free access to the Ice Rink and viewing deck, and check how to book an accessible ticket.


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

  • Terms and conditions

    Please make sure you read these important terms and conditions before buying your ticket

    Subject to English law

    1. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse admission to the Ice Rink and/or the venue and shall be entitled to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of all visitors.
    2. The Promoter shall be entitled to request visitors to leave the venue at any time. The Promoter shall be entitled to remove anyone from the venue who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who in the reasonable opinion of the Promoter is conducting themselves in a manner inappropriate to their continued attendance.
    3. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited on the Ice Rink for health and safety reasons.
    4. The use of photographic and recording equipment or mobile phones is prohibited on the Ice Rink for health and safety reasons.
    5. All tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
    6. Tickets cannot be resold, exchanged, refunded or transferred. To do so or to alter or deface any ticket will render it void. It is the patron's responsibility to check his or her tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
    7. The Promoter will not be responsible for any tickets which are lost or stolen.
    8. The ticket holder has a right only to a session of the value corresponding to that stated on the ticket.
    9. Each session is normally 50 minutes long. Ticket holders will not be permitted to continue skating once their allocated session is over. The Promoter has the right to cancel or end a session at any time for health and safety reasons.
    10. In the event any session is cancelled or curtailed, refunds will only be given if such cancellation or curtailment occurs after less than 25 minutes of skating time has taken place in the session, in which case ticket holders will be offered alternative sessions (subject to availability).
    11. By entering the site visitors consent to being photographed, filmed or recorded as visitors attending the Natural History Museum Ice Rink and consent to such photographs, films or recordings being used by the Promoter to publicise the event.
    12. All patrons skate at their own risk and the Promoter shall not be liable for any harm, loss or damage suffered by any patron other than death or personal injury arising directly from the Promoter’s gross negligence.
    13. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any personal property whatsoever. All personal property is at the patron’s sole risk.
    14. The Promoter’s total liability to any patron in respect of all loss or damage not excluded hereunder, shall in no circumstances exceed the amount a patron has paid for their ticket to the Ice Rink.
    15. In the event of any conflict between these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions imposed by any ticket agency, these terms and conditions shall prevail.
    16. With the exception of small soft rucksacks and/or handbags, bags shall be prohibited on the Ice Rink for health and safety reasons.

    In the event of any conflict between these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions imposed by any ticket agency, these terms and conditions shall prevail.


    1. We have introduced specific safety measures at the Event (which may be updated to be in line with government guidelines, local authority guidelines and/or industry standards) in an effort to maintain the welfare, health and safety of all visitors. It is in the interest of all visitors and staff to comply with the implemented safety measures. IMG reserves the right to change any safety measures and/or these Terms in its sole discretion. Should any individual not comply with any safety measures we reserve the right to refuse admission or require you and/or other ticket holders to leave the Site without being obliged to refund. The safety measures in place at the Site are intended to minimise the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus but this risk cannot be completely eradicated. Therefore, anyone visiting the Event acknowledges that they do so at their own risk.

    2. Before arriving at the Site please ensure you are familiar with the latest rules and guidance issued by the UK government regarding COVID-19 ( and you should not act contrary to such rules and guidance. Additionally, all visitors (including any guests) should familiarise themselves with all Event communications from IMG, which will set out what COVID-19 measures are in place at the Event, the steps that IMG encourages all visitors to take at the Event, and the recommendations and expectations of IMG regarding attendance at the Event. For additional information please visit our FAQ Page.

    3. Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please do not attend the Event if any of the following are true:

    • in the last 10 days, you have developed a new and persistent cough, presented with a loss of or change in your sense of smell or taste, or had a high temperature;
    • you have had a test for COVID-19 for which you have not yet had the results;
    • in the last 10 days, you have tested positive for COVID-19;
    • you have lived in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days; and/or
    • you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service and told to self-isolate and have not yet self-isolated for the period recommended by the NHS Test and Trace service.

    IMG reserves the right to revise, update and/or amend these access provisions in its sole discretion. For additional information please visit our FAQ Page.

    4. Admission into the Event is at all times subject to these Terms and the terms, conditions and rules of the Natural History Museum, and the latest rules and guidance issued by the UK government and the Local Authority regarding COVID-19. If you breach any of these Terms and/or any such terms, conditions and/or rules then we may refuse admission or require you and/or other ticket holders to leave the Site without refund.

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