The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open from 25th October – 6th January ⛸
For more information on ticket delivery, age restrictions, ticket limits, accessible tickets, booking confirmations & changing your address, and more, continue reading.
Ticket Delivery ✉️
Please click here for our up to date delivery information! Be aware that the latest to expect them is 5 days before the event. Tickets for this event are provided directly by the promoter and not printed by Ticketmaster and may not be dispatched until ten days before the event.
Age Restrictions 👶
There is no minimum age, but children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We advise parents to use their discretion on whether very young children will enjoy the experience.
Ticket Limits ⛔️
There is a ticket limit of 9 tickets per person and per credit card on this event. If you would like book 10 or more tickets, please contact our groups department on 0844 844 2121 or email email@example.com.
Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster at its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number or other information.
Accessible Tickets ♿️
There are quieter sessions suitable for disabled audiences, including wheelchair users and skaters with other disabilities and additional needs. Access tickets are also eligible for a free personal assistant ticket on request.
Quieter session dates are as follows:
Tuesday 29 October 21.00
Sunday 24 November 09.00
Monday 02 December 15.00
Thursday 02 January 10.00
To book one of these quieter access friendly sessions or to book an accessible ticket with a personal assistant for any other date in the season, please call the Accessible Bookings Team on 0800 988 4440 (or 00 44 161 637 2697 if you're outside the UK).
Wheelchair user pays – personal assistant goes for free (up to 2 personal assistants) – family and friends pay general prices
Booking Confirmation 👍
Once you've made your booking you will receive your booking reference number to give us if you have any queries about your booking. You will also get a booking confirmation emailed to the email address you gave us at the time of booking, but this can take up to 72 hours to receive.
**Please make sure that your e-mail address is up to date before making a purchase.**
Changing Address 🏡
When you are booking we need to take the address that your card is registered to for our security checks. However, we can change the address to a non-billing address 72 hours after the booking has been made.
If your address has been changed with the card issuer already and you've just entered the incorrect address, just let us know as soon as you realise the error and we'll correct it for you.
How do I buy tickets? 💸
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.
Transaction fees apply
When should I arrive? 🤔
The Ice Rink will be open 20 minutes before the first session each day. For all other sessions please arrive at least 40 minutes before the start of your session.
How long do skating sessions last? ⌛️
Each skating session lasts 50 minutes.
Is skate hire included in the ticket price? ⛸
Yes, skates are included in the price of your ticket.
How small/large are your skates? 📏
Skates are available from child size 9 up to an adult size 15. Bob skates are also available for toddlers. Bob skates are double blades that strap onto the shoe.
Can I bring my own skates? ⛸
Yes, figure skates and hockey skates are allowed. But the organisers reserve the right not to allow skates deemed to be unsafe.
What security measures are in place at the Ice Rink? ❗
The Ice Rink has a robust security management plan, which is coordinated by event security and the Metropolitan Police. Security checks will be in place, including bag searches, which may result in delays when entering the site. We ask all guests to be vigilant and not to leave bags or belongings unattended.
What do I do if the ice is wet? 💧
UK weather can be changeable - rain, warm temperatures and strong winds can make the surface of the ice wet.
The Ice Rink is prepared for changing weather conditions, and wet ice is safe to skate on.
Check for any weather warnings on the day of your booking and, if in doubt, bring waterproof clothing.
What should I wear? 🧥
Whatever the weather, we recommend wearing suitable outdoor, waterproof clothing. It’s quite normal for there to be a degree of surface water on any outdoor ice rink. For this reason, visitors should be aware that they may get wet even if it isn’t raining.
Is there somewhere to leave bags and coats? 👜
We have a cloakroom for bags and coats. It costs £2 per small item which includes coasts, purses and backpacks (under 22cm x 35cm x 56cm) and £4 per large item which includes suitcases and pushchairs (22cm x 35cm x 56cm and above). The cloakroom is free for school groups to use. For safety reasons, bags are not allowed on the ice. All items left in the cloakroom are done so at the owner's risk.
Where can I collect lost property? 😱
Lost property will be held at the ice rink. If you think you may have lost something please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will sessions be cancelled in bad weather ☔
The Ice Rink is an outdoor event and operates in nearly all weather conditions. However, please bring suitable outdoor clothing whatever the weather. Ice is, of course, made from water - rain or dry there is always a risk of getting wet. In the unlikely event that the Ice Rink must close, alternative skating sessions will be offered. We regret that no refunds can be given due to bad weather.
Can I book a penguin skate aid? 🐧
We have a limited supply of penguin skate aids, which cost £6 available on a first-come first served basis from the skate hire counter. Skate aids cannot be booked in advance. Please note that we also have children’s bob skates available free of charge, these are twin bladed skates that fit over a child’s shoes. Please speak to any member of Ice Rink staff if you wish to hire a skate aid or require bob skates.
Are wheelchair users allowed onto the Ice Rink? ♿
All sessions are wheelchair accessible, please see the ice rink Access page for more information. We also run dedicated accessible skate sessions at the Ice Rink. You can get more information about this on the Accessible skate sessions page.
Accessible wheelchair users on the ice must be in control and skating within their own ability. A disability personal assistant should be present and assisting any accessible user where appropriate on the ice. Motorised wheelchairs with the motor engaged are not permitted on the ice. The Café Bar and viewing platform are accessible to wheelchair users at all times using the lift.
What can I do if I don't want to skate? 😩
If you don't want to skate you can warm up with a hot drink in the Café Bar, watch skaters from the open-air balcony or go for a spin on the fairground carousel which is open throughout the day. You don't need a ticket for the Café Bar or the open-air balcony. You can also visit the rest of the Museum, which is open every day until 17.50 except 24-26 December.
How many adults need to accompany school groups? 🙋
Minimum and recommended teacher to student ratios apply to different age groups:
Infants (Years 1-2): We require a minimum of 1 adult to every 8 children but we recommend 1 adult to every 5 children.
Juniors (Years 3-6): We require a minimum of 1 adult to every 10 children but we recommend 1 adult to every 8 children.
Secondary (Years 7-11): We require a minimum of 1 adult to every 10 children.
Ages 16 and over: We require a minimum of 1 adult per booking but we recommend 1 adult to every 30 children.
How do Museum Members book with a discount? 💳
Museum Members are entitled to 10% off tickets. To receive this discount, Members must book their tickets with a valid membership card onsite at the Ice Rink box office.