Skate under the sun, moon, and stars this Winter at the enchanting Cathedral Gardens in Manchester.

Whatever the weather, enjoy the festive season and skate at the new clear roofed ice rink at Cathedral Gardens, offering an enchanting atmosphere for couples, families, and groups looking for some festive fun. Visitors can pre-book tickets online as well as penguin skate aids for those needing a little extra help.

Celebrate the festive season with your loved ones, and make a day out of it! Enjoy the rink with your friends followed by a sweet treat and hot drink, and then a walk through the impressive Ice Village.

Skate Manchester is part of the Ice Village experience which includes Christmas Markets, Santa’s Grotto, Ice Tiki Bar, and the Ice Cavern.

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Couples, families and groups looking to plan the perfect festive day out in Manchester can now enjoy a skating session whatever the weather, owing to the rink’s transparent roof cover. And with the spacious rink holding up to 180 people, there’s plenty of space for gliding on the ice.

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Opening Times & Prices

We are open daily from 8th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 excluding Christmas Day

8th November – 5th January 2020
11:00 – 21:00

14th November 2019 & 31st December 2019
11:00 – 22:00

Skating sessions start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. The ticket price includes skate hire. We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before your session to get ready to take to the ice!

Please note that the last skating session is 20:00-21:00

Purchase your tickets online now or at the Box Office open 8th November.

Click here to view the pricing table

From £11.00

13 years and over

From £9.00

3-12 years old

From £35.00
Family Ticket

1 Adult + 3 Children or 2 Adults + 2 Children

Skate Aid

Limited skate aids are available per session and must be booked in advance

10% Off
Group Discount

Groups of 10 or more are entitled to 10% discount (applied automatically on check out)

Pre-book skate aids

For those who need a little extra help on the ice, penguin skate aids are available to pre-book here. Limited skate aids are available per session and should be booked in advance!

Private Hire

We offer exclusive private hire for those customers wanting something extra special. Offering complete privacy in a magical, festive setting. Whether it’s a brand activation, corporate event or a private party, we can tailor an event package to meet your needs.

Choose from Tower of London Ice Rink, Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival, The North Pole Cambridge, or Skate Manchester for your private hire venue.

Contact for more information.

The Ice Village Experience

Skate Manchester is part of the Manchester Ice Village experience. Home to a wide selection of festive activities including Christmas Markets, Santa’s Grotto, Ice Tiki Bar, and the Ice Cavern. The Ice Village is the hub for Christmas celebrations in Manchester this festive season.

Admire the impressive ice sculptures of the Ice Cavern, enjoy refreshments at the Ice Tiki Bar. Or, visit Santa’s Grotto, where all the Christmas magic happens, and afterward stop at the Christmas Market for some seasonal food, drinks, and gifts.

How do I book for the Ice Cavern?

You can book tickets through the Ice Village website

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I have further questions that have not been answered here, please email our customer services who will be happy to assist you:


How do I buy tickets?
Book your skating session online through our website.
From the 8th November you will be able to book in person at our box office

I have booked online… what happens next?
You will receive a confirmation email with your unique barcode which will be scanned by a member of staff on arrival. You can bring this email as confirmation on your phone, tablet or printed.

Can I change my booking?
Yes, login to your account and follow the simple instructions to change your booking. Your account was created and login details emailed when you originally purchased your tickets (please check your junk).

I haven’t received my ticket?
Please check your spam mailbox as our email may have gone there. Not there? Please email our customer service team on and we will assist you.

How long is the session on the ice for?
Sessions last for 45min on the ice and 15min for skate exchange and session change. Please arrive at the Skate Exchange 30 minutes before your session time to allow ample time to put your skates on and store belongings.

When should I arrive?
Please arrive at the Skate Exchange 30 minutes before your session time to get ready to take to the ice and store belongings.

Should I pre-book a session or can I turn up on the day?
We recommend that all sessions are pre-booked online to avoid disappointment and avoid queues on site at busy periods. Tickets can be printed at home from the online system. This will guarantee your selected session time. The box office on site is open daily, although will have varying lengths of queue at peak times. Tickets can be purchased for future sessions at the Box Office in addition to the website.

Booking tickets at the box office
Our box office is open from the 8th of November. At peak times (Monday to Friday after 5.00pm and after 12.00pm on Saturday & Sunday), there is likely to be a queue, so advance purchase online is recommended to guarantee your skating session.

Can I book a Skate aid?
Yes, they are £5 each to hire and are available online HERE or at the ticket office.

If I cannot make it to my booked session, will I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refunds for non-attendance. Where it is possible, we will try to accommodate you in another session, with advance notice, this will be subject to availability and ticket category and is not guaranteed.

Is there a transaction fee?
There is a transaction fee of £1.20 per ticket when buying tickets online.  Tickets can also be purchased in person from the box office from 8th of November, for the same day or future dates. Tickets purchased at the box office for same day or future dates do not incur a booking fee. (All tickets subject to availability)


Is skate hire included?
Skate hire is included.

Can I bring my own skates?
Skate Hire is included in the ticket price. You are able to provide your own skates if preferred. Arena Group is not responsible for your skates, shoes or property when skating at our rinks. There is no reduction in price if you bring your own skates.

What are your skate sizes?
Our skate sizes go from size J8 to size 14.

What should I wear?
We recommend wrapping up in warm outdoor clothing and please wear gloves if using the ice rink.



Can I bring my bag on the ice?
Bags of any description are NOT permitted on the ice, so we advise to only bring essentials with you. All bags must be placed in the lockers provided. Lockers cost £2.00 and are non-refundable. Please do not bring large baggage or valuable items to the ice rink as they will not fit into a locker.

Is there a spectator area?
Yes, you will be able to stand around the rink and watch at no charge. This is not a covered area so please also wrap up warm.

Do I have to pay to be a spectator?
Viewing is FREE.

Can I park at the Ice Rink?
Car parking is available near Manchester Victoria station

Is there somewhere to buy food and drinks at the rink before or after skating?
We do not offer food & drink, but there is a wide selection on offer at the Arctic Bar in the Ice Village, as well as the Christmas Market at Cathedral Gardens

Is there wheelchair access?
Yes, the ice rink is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It’s also free for a carer to accompany you on the rink. If you have already paid for the carer to skate don’t worry! Just email and we’ll issue you a refund.
If you are skating with someone who has a disability, please contact us before your session on

Are there toilets at the ice rink?
Yes, there are toilets.

Where can I store my luggage whilst I skate?
We have lockers to store bags and shopping whilst you skate at £2 per Locker (non-refundable). NB 1 x £2 coin is required.


How old do you have to be to Skate on the Rink?
To skate on our rinks you have to be at least 3 years old.
Skaters aged between 3 and 10 are classed as children and must be accompanied by an adult (18+) on the ice. Children between 10-12 years of age must be accompanied at the site with adults who are watching at all times. A ratio of 1 adult to 5 children will be accepted. You can skate on our rink up to any age, although you are responsible for skating safely and it is not recommended for anyone with serious illness, heart conditions or pregnant mothers to be.

Do you have skate marshalls?
Our Ice Skate Marshalls are on the ice rink to monitor safe skating and will assist when possible if you are a novice.

When is the best time for me to skate?
Monday – Sunday:
Sessions between 11am – 7pm are recommended for all skill levels.
The 8pm sessions are recommended for adults. No skate aids will be allowed on this session.
Please be aware that occasionally Mon-Fri 11am-3pm we may have a school group skating, maximum of 45 kids per session.

How tall should you be go on the ice slide?
You need to be 60cm / 2’7ft high.

Where are you located?
We are located in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester

Can I skate on Christmas Day?
Unfortunately, we are closed on Christmas Day but we are open all other days shown on our website.

Do you offer discounts for group bookings?
Yes. We have an automatic discount of 10% off if you have over 10 people (excludes family tickets).

I would like to celebrate a special occasion at Skate Manchester, do you cater for parties?Unfortunately we do not cater for parties, however should you want to go all out and take over the entire rink for a group please contact (private hire is for hire of the ice rink only).

How to find us

Where we are

The Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3BG

Public transport

Multiple train providers have services to Manchester Victoria including TransPennine Express and Northern Rail.


Car parking is available in Chapel Street or near Manchester Victoria Station

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