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.
Special sessions & offers
News and events
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Tickets are now on sale!
The ice rink will be closed on 25 December (Christmas Day).
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.
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.
To enquire about a private event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.