Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Night time skate with Swarovski Christmas tree lit up

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: £9 with a drink
  • Family off peak: £9.90 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
  • Family Standard: £10.73
  • Family Peak: £11.55
  • Parent and toddler: £11 with a drink*
  • 25 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
    Open 10.00-21.00 (times vary)
    Closed 18 December and 25 December

  • Tickets from £8.80 - £39.60. Members save 10% when tickets are booked onsite.
    Transaction fees apply
     *Valid on weekday sessions until 13 December 

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 and toasted marshmallows 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.

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.

Soak up the atmosphere from our Café Bar and balcony

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 slice of cake.

Make it an essential stop during your visit to meet friends and warm up with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine. Or take your pick from a range of delicious meals and a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks.

We sometimes need to close the Café Bar for private functions. When planning your visit, please check News and events for any closures

Opening times

The Ice Rink's main operating hours are 10.00-22.00. The Rink may open earlier or close later on weekends and during the holiday period.

Check our What's on calendar for opening hours on specific dates.

Special sessions and offers

Parents and toddlers

Bring your toddler for a skate on weekday sessions up to and including 15.00 and you'll both enjoy a free hot chocolate, tea, coffee or soft drink for just £11, plus transaction fees.

This offer is available until 14 December 2018.

Accessible skate sessions

We run a number of quieter sessions throughout the season which are suitable for disabled skaters, including wheelchair users or people with other access requirements.

Check out our What's on calendar for session dates and times. 

For access enquiries please email

To book tickets, call the dedicated Ticketmaster booking line for wheelchair sessions on +44 (0)80 0988 4440 for UK customers and 0044 161 637 2697 for overseas customers.

For further access information please click here.


Students with a valid NUS card can get a free drink along with their skating session for just £9, plus transaction fees.

This offer is available Mondays to Thursdays until 13 December 2018.

Natural History Museum Members

Members are able to buy adult tickets for £9.00 and child tickets for £6.00 (excluding handling fee) during weekday sessions in November.  Members get a 10% discount on skating sessions. Simply show your membership card when booking tickets at the box office. This offer is valid on tickets for named Members only. Non-members in your party will need to purchase full price tickets.

Group bookings

Book in advance for a group of 10 or more and receive a discount
Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on off-peak tickets.
Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on peak tickets.
To book a group visit call Ticketmaster on +44 (0)844 844 2121.

School groups

Pre-book a school group of ten students or more (16 years and under) for £7 tickets for each student. Teachers and helpers accompanying the group skate for free. 

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

For information and to book call +44 (0)844 847 2491. The offer is valid up to and including the 15.00 session, Monday to Friday, up to and including Thursday 13 December.

Packages and lessons

Penguin Skate Club

Calling all little ones looking to perfect 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 November to January. Check our What's on calendar for specific session dates and times.

The cost is £16.50 plus transaction fees*, per child, per lesson. Each lesson has a limit of 15 children and places must be booked online in advance.

Bubbles and skate

Add a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake to your skate session for a touch of indulgence. Just £28 plus transaction fees.

This offer includes free use of the cloakroom and is available for all skate sessions, but must be booked online in advance. 

Scoff and Banter skate and dine package

Fill up with a two course meal at Scoff & Banter Kensington before or after your skate session. £30-£32 plus transaction fees.

Meal must be claimed on the same date as skate session and this offer must be booked in advance. To book a table at Scoff & Banter, please call 0207 666 1891.

Scoff and Banter afternoon tea package

Indulge in a fabulous afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Kensington before or after your skate session. £38-£40 plus transaction fees.

Meal must be claimed on the same date as skate session and this offer must be booked in advance. To book a table at Scoff & Banter, please call 0207 666 1891.

Other events

Acoustic lates

Join us for Acoustic Lates, live every Thursday evening in the Ice Rink Café Bar – brought to you by Ticketmaster.

Come along to experience a showcase of emerging talent, while enjoying a mulled wine or glass of bubbles.

Acoustic Lates are free. Check the Acoustic Lates page for specific dates and times.

*Transaction fees

Booking fee

You will be charged a booking fee of 10% of the face value of the tickets purchased.

Handling fees

There is a handling fee of £2 per order

Tickets can be posted to you for the following fee:

UK (incl Northern Ireland) - £2.95
Republic of Ireland and other countries - £4.95

Event is subject to planning permission.

Christmas gift vouchers

Are you buying ice skating tickets as a gift for Christmas? You can download a printable gift voucher to give alongside your booking.

Contact us

For any questions or comments, please email us, or call Ticketmaster on +44 (0)84 4847 1576 for all booking questions.


Find out about step-free access to the Ice Rink, Café Bar and viewing platform, and check when wheelchair sessions take place.


Discover everything you need to know about visiting the Ice Rink including arrival times, skate hire and other frequently asked questions.


Please make sure you read these important Natural History Museum Ice Rink terms and conditions before buying your ticket.