Winter in the United Kingdom may be dull and gray for the most part, but a trip to one of the many outdoor skating rinks will make you appreciate the coldest months once more.
If you are in London, take a trip to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park to shop for stocking fillers, entertain younger members of the group and warm up with a skate on the spectacular outdoor rink. Across town at Somerset House the rink is an altogether classier affair, housed in the central plaza of a historic building on the banks of the Thames.
Outside of London, a number of rinks bring ice skating to unique locations, such as the Eden Project in Cornwall. The project is better known as a series of biodomes housing exotic plants from around the world, but the festive period sees skaters wheeling around the futuristic dome.
On the south coast, Brighton offers a huge number of independent shops where you can buy unique gifts before a skate in front of the gorgeous Royal Pavilion. Ice skating fans who find themselves in Wales should head to Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, which offers live music and a Ferris wheel alongside the rink.
For those who are in Scotland over the festive period, Glasgow is running a six-week festival called Glasgow Loves Christmas. Among the many attractions is an ice rink situated in George Square, surrounded by some of the most amazing architecture in the city.
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