Ice Village Manchester

The UK's Biggest Ice Attraction

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The Christmas period seems to get earlier and earlier each year.  Tempting as it is, I usually try to refrain from getting swept up into the festive spirit until around mid November / early December.  Thankfully that time has finally rolled around, and it’s so exciting – especially because it provides justification for the daily consumption of mulled wine and mincers!

Manchester Ice Village - Christmas 2018

Visiting the Manchester Ice Village was the first event in my festive calendar this year.  Located in the city’s Cathedral Gardens, it is the first of its kind for Manchester.  Inside the frosty cavern are a collection of impressive ice sculptures, comprising of 250 tonnes of ice.

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I really love how they have included references to Manchester’s history and culture – it’s a fantastic touch that makes this attraction all the more special for those who live locally.

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The experience itself takes around 20 minutes to walk through, which is just as well because the temperature inside is in the region of minus-10º.

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The centrepiece was definitely the impressive and painstakingly detailed steam train.

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At there end of the attraction, there is an ice bar where you can thaw yourself out with a warming tipple, not to mention an ice throne, where you can take a snap or two, which is all good fun!

Manchester Ice Village - Christmas 2018

When it comes to Christmas, Manchester is a city that does it well.  Each year, its award-winning Christmas markets get bigger and better, with them sprawling out further across the city centre and providing a wider array of festive eats and treats.  Manchester is well worth a visit during the festive season and the Ice Village is just another reason for doing so.

For more information on tickets and opening times, check out their website.

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