Ice Skating: 6 Of The Prettiest Ice Rinks In The UK

13/11/2014 17:10 | Updated 20 May 2015

From ice skating next to Edinburgh castle to sliding around at London's Somerset House, here's our pick of the best rinks this season.

Winter Wonderland

Best for: Mainlining Christmas spirit

With a vast Christmas market, Santa's Grotto and international street food vans, Winter Wonderland is an unashamed celebration of the cheesier elements of Christmas. But the ice-rink, surrounding the Victorian bandstand, still has stockingfulls of charm, and we know no quicker way to get your fill of the Christmas spirit. When you've slid back into your (amazingly comfortable) shoes post-skate, head to the Carousel Bar, which serves up mulled wine as it gently revolves. Head-spinning stuff.

21 November 2014 - 4 January 2015

Edinburgh ice rink

Best for: Gothic cityscapes

This brand new circular ice-rink surrounds the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, allowing you to lap up the views of this elegant historic square bang in the heart of the Scottish capital. Afterwards, walk to the Scottish Christmas Market for comfort carbs and a local brew.

21st Nov 2014 - 4th Jan 2015

Somerset House Ice Rink

Best for: Style on skates

Simply one of the prettiest ice-rinks in the UK, filling the courtyard of the elegant landmark building Somerset House, all topped off with a twinkling Christmas tree decorated with mini Fortnum & Mason's hampers. The neoclassical surroundings might be the main draw, but we suggest coming early to make the most of the Fortnum's Lodge, for a bespoke Bees Knees cocktail, a gin-based treat blended with honey from bees housed on Fortnum's Piccadilly rooftop.

11 November 2014 - 11 January 2015

Ice Rink with Cardiff City Hall

Best for: Rustic kicks on city streets

From the cute chalets of the alpine village to the prettily-list ice-rink, Cardiff's winter land transforms the heart of the city during the winter months. Your best apres-skate bet is the Bierkeller Bar for gluhwein or a locally-brewed beer, along with German bratwurst cooked over the grill.

13th November 2014 - 5th January 2015

Eden Project

Best for: Feeling Like You're In A Sci-Fi Movie

The Eden Projects vast biosphere domes, and the lush vegetation within, makes for a spectacular, futuristic ice-skating sesh. Lanterns and fairy lights twinkle and add to the glacial theme, choirs sing carols and post-skate carbs are to be found at the Eden Bakery - go for a classic Cornish pasty with warming pumpkin soup.

18 October 2014 - 22 February 2015

brighton ice skating

Best for: Bollywood-esque Bling

We love the brilliantly barmy Royal Pavilion, built as a decadent seaside retreat for the Prince Regent in 1787 with echoes of the Taj Mahal. This extravagant Regency pleasure palace, domes illuminated by coloured floodlights and strings of fairy lights, makes a thoroughly melodramatic backdrop to any afternoon on the ice.

8th November 2014 - 18th January 2015

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