Natural History Museum's Ice Rink Opens In October... But This Is Its Final Year

Natural History Museum's Ice Rink Opens In October... But This Is Its Final Year
NHM's ice rink opens in October but will close for good after this season's outing

The Natural History Museum's ice rink opens for the festive season on 22 October — but this is the last time it'll operate.

A favourite on the festive calendar, the rink invites people to skate around a 30-foot Christmas tree, with the splendid backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's gothic revival museum building, and the general waft of mulled wine.

There'll also be lessons for novice/nervous skaters, and the return of the Penguin Skate Club for kids.

16 January is the very last day the ice rink will be open

The rink has become a staple of Christmastime in London since it opened in 2005, but now the museum is planning to transform its five-acre outdoor site into a 'biologically diverse green space' as part of its Urban Nature Project. That means after the rink closes in January, it's not coming back. Better get your skates on.

The new gardens are set to open in 2023.

Natural History Museum ice rink, 22 October 2021-16 January 2022. From £11.50 for adults and £8 for children.

Last Updated 01 October 2021