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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

26th November 2018

What to expect

The ice rink at the Natural History Museum offers a truly magical experience during London’s wintertime. The rink is found against the backdrop of the museum’s Waterhouse building, which is beautifully lit up after dark. The ice rink itself has a Christmas tree to skate around and lots of fairy lights to capture the wintry spirit.


There’s also more going on than ice skating here. When you visit the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, you can:


Opening and closing times

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open between 25 October 2018 and 20 January 2019. The rink is open daily between 10:00 and 21:00, except Christmas Day when it’s closed.


Where is the Natural History Museum Ice Rink?

The Natural History Museum is located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington and the ice rink is in front of the building. The nearest rube station is South Kensington, although Gloucester Road and Knightsbridge are also within walking distance.

The easiest way to get there from The Athenaeum is to get on the Piccadilly Line from Hyde Park Corner to South Kensington – the journey takes 15 minutes door-to-door. Or if you like to take in London on foot, it takes around 30 minutes to walk the 1.5 mile distance from The Athenaeum to the Natural History Museum, and you can walk part of the way through Hyde Park.



Adult tickets start from £12.65, tickets for children start from £8.80 and family tickets start from £39.60 for a family of four. Parent and toddler tickets are available from about £11 for both individuals and are available until 15:00 on weekdays until 14 December. Ice skating lessons are also available for children aged between four and eight at the Penguin Skate Club, which costs £16.50 per child. All fees include the cost of skate hire too.

Skating sessions last 50 minutes and prices vary depending on the date and time you want to skate.

Additional packages are available which include a glass of bubbly, afternoon tea or a two-course meal. We recommend you book tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment on the day – although be aware booking online incurs a small transaction fee.

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