Frequently Asked Questions
Portsmouth Ice Rink is located in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB. The square is a pedestrian area in the main city centre close to the Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and overlooked by the Guildhall.
For all sessions, unless otherwise stated, the minimum age for children to skate is 3 years old. All 3 to 7 year olds must be accompanied onto the ice by an adult (someone 18 years old and above) in skates, with up to a maximum of 5 children per adult. We recommend that children aged 7 to 11 are accompanied by an adult although the adult need not be skating. If you are pregnant, have a heart condition or any serious illness we would recommend you seek medical advice if you are unsure as to whether you can participate. While anyone ice skating will need a ticket, Portsmouth Ice Rink welcomes everyone. Whether you are with a group who is skating or not, there is lots to see and do at our rink and the site is not restricted to skaters only. Entry to the Ice Rink site, to spectate, is free of charge.
Yes the rink is wheelchair accessible, however you will need to be accompanied by a carer, who will be able to skate free of charge. The ticket should be booked for the wheelchair user’s ticket category.
Prices start from £11.50 for an adult, or £11.50 for an adult and toddler. Concessions and group booking discounts are available.
Contact us with any queries. Toddlers skate for free with an accompanying adult, family tickets, concessions are also available. Keep an eye on social media for special offers and giveaways!
We strongly recommend that all sessions are pre-booked online to avoid disappointment and avoid queues on site during busy periods. Tickets can be printed at home or a QR code can be presented at the Box Office via smart phone. Tickets for future sessions can be purchased at the Box Office.
All ice skating tickets are non refundable. No refunds will be made unless the management has found it necessary to close the Ice Rink due to Health & Safety or technical concerns. If you are unable to make your session and would like to change it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before your session and the team will endeavour to move your session.
Please be advised movement of tickets are discretionary and subject to availability. To view our full T’s and C’s click here.
There are no toilets onsite but there are local council toilets within a short walk. Please ask a member of staff if you need directions. Some of the local eateries are happy skaters use their facilities, especially if you are purchasing a drink or some food, but out of politeness we’d please remind visitors to ask permission first.
Each ice skating session lasts for one hour on the ice. Please arrive at the Box Office at least 15 minutes before your session to allow ample time to put your skates on and store belongings if needed. A limited number of free lockers are available on a first come first served basis and our Box Office staff will assist on arrival. We suggest you just bring with you, what you are able to skate in unless you have someone watching who can hold bags for you.
Our skate sizes go from a child size 9 through to an adult size 12. Please note skates do not come in half sizes. A limited supply of over the shoe, two bladed children’s ‘bob skates’ are available for our younger skaters and are available on a first come first served basis. Please ask at Skate Exchange and be sure to arrive in good time.
Yes we have skate aids, available for hire for £5.00 per session. Due to health and safety we only have a limited number of skate aids available per session so pre booking is advised as they are available on a first come, first served basis. Skate aids can be collected at the Skate Exchange area. Skate aids can be booked online, in advance, and there may be skate aids available to hire on the day of your skate but please not that this is subject to availability.
Yes, figure skates and hockey skates are allowed. But the organisers reserve the right not to allow skates deemed to be unsafe. Please be aware that there is no change to the pricing if you bring your own skates.
Please see our ice rink opening times below.
Sunday – Wednesday: 10:00 – last session starts at 20:00
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – last session starts at 21:15
Dedicated family sessions: 11:00 – 12:00 every weekday
Dedicated SEND sessions:
- Sun 27th Nov from 11:00 – 12:00
- Weds 30th Nov from 15:30 – 16:30
- Weds 7th Dec from 15:30 – 16:30
- Weds 14th Dec at 10:00 – 11:00
- Sat 17th Dec at 10:00 – 11:00
NEW FOR WINTER 2022 – DJ NIGHTS:
We are excited to announce our new for Winter 2022 DJ nights! These are longer sessions that will include live music as follows:
- Sat 3rd Dec from 20:00 – 22:15 (Soul Train)
- Fri 9th Dec from 20:00 – 22:15 (Pride Ice)
- Sat 31st Dec from 17:45 – 22.15 (New Years Eve Skate Party)
Unless stated, the site will be open from 10:00 every day and will close after the final ice skating session. Please note there may be occasions where the rink is closed to the public due to a school group skating sessions or for private functions. Please note that weekday, term time, morning sessions are recommended for anyone wishing to skate during a quieter period.
Yes, a first aider will be available to assist as required. There is also a dedicated area for anyone who may require first aid. In the event you or a member of your party should need first aid treatment, please alert a member of staff.
Beverages and a range of snacks and treats will be available to purchase rink-side from vending machines. We encourage visitors to use Portsmouth’s surrounding outlets including Starbucks, 7Bone and JD Wetherspoon pub Isambard Kingdom Brunel, for food and drink.