As most locals will already know, the Leeds ice rink, or Ice Cube as it’s otherwise known, is set up for just one month every year, in the city centre location of Millennium Square. Open from the end of January until the end of February, those who wish to enjoy all of the fun that the Leeds ice rink can offer need to be pretty quick to get in before it’s dismantled and packed away again – so while you can buy tickets on arrival, booking in advance is advisable if you want to be sure of an hour on the ice.
The Leeds ice rink has been a popular feature in the city for 14 years now, and this year it also includes the Capital FM snow slide – an exhilarating 40 meter long dry slope course which you speed down in a large rubber ring. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Well it really is, so make sure you have a go when you visit! The winter fun also includes a snowball adventure and ice dragon roller coaster to make your trip out even more exciting.
Leeds ice rink opening times and tickets
Leeds ice rink is open every day of the week from 9.30 in the morning until 8.00 in the evening, with a slightly later opening time of 10 am on Sundays. If you haven’t booked, it’s worth arriving half an hour earlier when the ticket office first opens to try and secure your place on the ice. The cost to skate (including equipment hire) is £7.50 for adults, £6 for ‘Leedscard’ carriers, concessions and 13 to 17 year olds and £5 for children up to 12 years. Parent and toddler, family and Breeze Card discounts are also available. If you’re under 13 you’ll need to have an adult with you to gain access and if you’re 8 years or under, this adult will need to stay with you at all times while you’re on the ice.
For beginners, stepping onto the ice for the first time can be quite daunting – but once you relax and get into your stride, you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before! The great thing about the Leeds ice rink is that there’s always help on hand in the form of friendly ice marshals, who will glide by and offer you tips and help you to find your feet on the slippery surface.
For younger skaters, there’s a separate nursery rink available and there are also double bladed skates ready for those who feel diving straight into a single blade is a bit too much to ask! You can even hire safety helmets for just £1 per session and store your valuables in a locker for £1/£2 depending on the size required.
The Leeds ice rink is a fantastic way to have some fun and a good laugh with your friends and family – but as it’s an outdoor event, if the weather is really bad it’s worth giving them a call to check that the rink is open.
Leeds ice rink car parking
Car parking in Leeds can be pretty expensive, so we recommend parking at Trafalgar Street car park and taking the short walk to Millennium Square. The advantage of parking at Trafalgar Street is that if you want to make a whole day of it (and who wouldn’t want a spot of lunch and a chance to hit the shops after all that fun?) the parking tariff is just £6 on a week day, £4 on Saturdays and just £3 for all day Sundays.
So what are you waiting for? Head down to the Leeds ice rink and see how long you can last before the laughter takes over! You better get your skates on though, as it closes its doors on the 23rd of February!