Ice Rink

Experience an exhilarating skate under the stars with friends and family. For five weeks over the Christmas period, our Inner Close is transformed by our Christmas Market and open-air real ice rink. See how the Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to these exciting events.

View our events calendar for details of this year’s event.

About the ice rink


Our open-air real ice rink can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. We have a team of trained ice stewards who ensure that our rink is safe and well maintained. Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to fit your skates so expect to have approximately 50 minutes on the ice. Free skate hire is included in the ticket price.

Opening times

The ice rink will be open from 20 November 2014 to 4 January 2015

Mon – Fri: 10.00am (from 15 Dec), 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
Sat – Sun: 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm

Tiny tots sessions: Mon – Fri (20 Nov – 12 Dec) at 9.45am

Further price options and booking information

Ticket Type Off Peak Peak internet Off Peak internet Peak
Adult £7.60 £9.50 £7.60 £9.20
Child 4 – 7 £4 £5 £4 £4.80
Child 8 – 18 £6 £7.50 £6 £7.20
Family Ticket £25 £30 £25 £29
School Group 25+
school skating recommendations
£4 N/A N/A N/A
Adult Group 25+ N/A £7.50 N/A N/A
Children Group 25+ N/A £6.50 N/A N/A
Student £6 £7.50 £6 £7.20
Senior £6 £7.50 £6 £7.20
Adult 11+ (11th cheapest ticket free) N/A £9.50 N/A N/A
Children 11+ (11th cheapest ticket free) N/A £7.50 N/A N/A
Parent and Toddler Parents £7.50, one toddler free per adult*
Exclusive Use £1200 £1400 N/A N/A

Off-peak sessions are as follows: Monday – Friday 11am – 4.15pm inclusive, up until Friday 12 December. All other sessions outside of these times are peak prices.

*Parent & Toddler sessions are at 9.45am Monday-Friday until 12 December.

Booking fees:
A booking fee of 75p per ticket (capped at £5 per transaction) is payable for all online transactions. Booking over the phone incurs a booking fee of £1 per ticket (capped at £5 per transaction)

All prices quoted are subject to availability.

Exclusive use sessions are only available Monday – Wednesday 8.30 – 9.30pm
Group rate of 10+ is available only from the box office and each booking receives the 11th ticket free.

The ice rink is open come rain or shine; refunds and exchanges will not be given for inclement weather.

Tickets are now on sale from the Cathedral Box Office.

Corporate bookings

We welcome groups to the ice rink and can offer exclusive use of the rink for groups of up to 180 people. We can also offer a range of catering packages and venue hire.

Email our Catering Team or call 01962 857 258 to find out more and discuss your requirements.

Fun skate penguins

We will have 10 Fun Skate Penguins available for hire. They will not be bookable in advance and are sold on a first come first served basis. Penguin’s are hired out at the management’s discretion and may not be available on certain sessions. The Penguins are designed for children under 10 years of age as a “fun” item and not an aid to skating.


Find out more

Read our terms and conditions (PDF)

Includes information about restrictions, cancellation and refunds

Read our safety guidelines (PDF)
Find out how to have fun on the ice and stay safe

View our Christmas gallery
Experience the Christmas Market and ice rink through a selection of Christmas images