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Hampton court ice skating – royal winter fun with kids

Hampton court ice skating has been one of our favourites for London winter fun with the kids – atmospheric, royal, not too crowded and so much fun!

Our boys are now 5 and respectively 2.5 years old, so one has a couple of skating seasons under his belt and comfortable manoeuvring and whizzing around by himself with a penguin; the little one, just about his second time iceskating with add ons.

Iceskating at Royal Palaces: HCP

Why do we say our favourite? I’ve been iceskating since a toddler, so it brings sweet memories of happy crowds and winter.

But iceskating at the former residence of Henry the VIII, with the gorgeous illuminated Tudor facade, brings the winter fun to royal magic as one speeds in the open air icerink overlooking the changing lights of the palace.

Hampton court palace ice rink - festive changing area & kids

Hampton court palace ice rink – festively illuminated

What would Henry the VIII make of the red lights and colourful shades projected in the evening of Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink? The 5 years old asked. He would probably have skated on the frozen Thames by the Palace with the unnerving risk of breaking through the ice. And maybe loved the festive colourful display and risk free Hampton Court ice skating currently?

Hampton court ice skating

Hampton court ice skating

Such speculations go best over a hot chocolate with marshmallows on top and mulled wine for parents – Hampton Court ice skating experience nails the regular winter treats at the Cafe! Henry VIII iceskating abilities?

History testifies about Hampton Court Palce being one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII; about King Henry VIII six wives and his gout. But little about his iceskating skills!

Hampton court ice skating - changing area

Hampton court ice skating – changing area

With 500 years of history to discover at the palace, why not arrive in the morning and explore all that the Court has to offer, from the gorgeous state apartments to 65 acres of formal gardens and its world-famous maze? We raved about it extensively in here, don’t let the cold weather put you off or enjoy just Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink! Tthe palace has an array of events, including a festive fayre!

For more winter family fun in London, check our article on Christmas in London with kids. For more ice skating open all year around, head to our dedicated post on funky Queens Skate Bowl Dine and stunning Alexandra Palace Ice Rink.

PS: Many thanks to Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink for the invite! As usual, pics, little clips, impressions and naughty kids entirely ours.

17 comments on “Hampton court ice skating – royal winter fun with kids

  1. onemillionphotographs
    December 7, 2018

    Awesome photos-thanks for sharing!

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  4. Lydia C. Lee
    December 10, 2018

    Looks pretty #MondayEscapes

  5. Angharad Paull
    December 11, 2018

    Wow, this looks totally magical. Definitely one to add to my festive ice skating rinks bucket list (Natural History Museum is another!). Fab! #MondayEscapes

  6. typicalmummy
    December 12, 2018

    I would love to do this one year! It looks amazing! #MondayEscapes

  7. museummum
    December 14, 2018

    I love the way they’ve lit the palace, it really does look festive. I think Henry VIII would have loved a skate! #CulturedKids

  8. Scarlett Roitman
    December 14, 2018

    I always love going to the Hampton Court ice-skating rink. And they do a mean grown-up hot chocolate!

  9. Cultural Wednesday
    December 14, 2018

    I’m sure Henry would have been an expert skater! I love a Hampton Court hot chocolate #CulturedKids

  10. Nancy | MapandFamily
    December 14, 2018

    It looks so beautiful! I love the idea of Henry taking to the ice too!

  11. the Curious Pixie
    December 14, 2018

    We went to the Tower of London this year, so much fun. Definitely want to go to Hampton Court next time. #CulturedKids

  12. ushasita
    December 18, 2018

    Beautiful photos. I have not been to Hampton Court during Winters. A good reason to visit 😄. Thank you so much for sharing this post and inspiration. #culturekids

  13. Kids of the Wild
    December 20, 2018

    This looks stunning all lit up and I can’t help but chuckle at the thought of Henry VIII going through the ice on the river after a mince pie too many! Glad no such mishaps occurred during your visit! Wild wishes for a happy Christmas #CulturedKids

  14. Nicky@ Go Live Young
    December 20, 2018

    What a lovely thing to do at Christmas time #CulturedKids

  15. WanderMum
    December 28, 2018

    I love Hampton Court and going ice skaing in its grounds definitely appeals! What fun! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. Happy new year! Thanks for hosting #culturedkids

  16. otisandus
    January 27, 2019

    We absolutely love the festive iceskating opportunities and Hampton Court looks absolutely wonderful I am going to remember this next year! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes.

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