Bristol Ice Rink opened as part of a huge Mecca entertainment complex in the 60’s known as the ‘New Bristol Centre’. At the time it was the biggest entertainment complex in Europe boasting a dozen licensed bars, an ice rink, bowling lanes, a casino, a night club, a grand cinema, a sumptuous ballroom and a multi story to accommodate all the visitors.  At a cost of £2m pounds to build no expense was spared.   By the turn of the 21st century the glam and glitz of the 60’s were long gone.  A large part of the building had been knocked down to make way for student flats, the cinema had closed and while still profitable the ice rink itself was in a desperately run down state.  In 2012 despite public dismay the owners of the building decided to serve notice on the ice rink and it closed for the final time to make way for more student flats.  Above the ice rink the remains of some of the bars and clubs are still apparent amongst the mess of years of neglect.


  • Michael W Walling, March 1, 2021 @ 17:02

    1st March 2021. My gf (later my wife) & I went to the Mecca ice rink a couple of times in 1964/5. We had good fun, even though we couldn’t skate very well. Afterwards we went to a dance nearby in the complex – all very new then it’s a shame to see it closed and converted to Student Flats. We were living in Exeter then.

  • Silver, June 19, 2019 @ 06:50

    I went to Bristol Technical College studying for an HND in Building. In 1965, during my six months in industry, I worked on the Bristol Entertainment Centre site for John Laing Construction in the Production Control Department calculating the weekly bonus for the bricklayers and concrete gangs. For a young guy still at college very interesting days. The picture of the ice rink unfortunately brings back dark memories for me as I witnessed my first site fatality there when a steel erector fell from the steel roof structure on to the ice rink concrete slab. The site shut down for the rest of the day in a mark of respect for the dead person.

  • Steve I, January 5, 2017 @ 14:41

    I met my wife at the ice rink,we went there from 1968 until getting married in1972 and then later with our children

  • Andy, March 25, 2016 @ 13:27

    Used to love that place and used the cinema many times. Living in Basingstoke now and it seems we have more here in the little town than a big city like Bristol!! We still got an ice rink (with an ice hockey team) and we’ve got reliable buses!! Its a shame that a city like Bristol has so many MUPPETS running it!!

  • Amada, March 4, 2016 @ 19:21

    Went to the very first opening day of this and learnt to skate pretty well – I was 13. I met Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding skating around one Saturday morning and got their autographs. They had been playing at the Colston Hall the night before and stayed at the Royal Hotel – now the Marriott. Jimi Hendrix was still in bed. Happy days.

  • tumbles, May 19, 2014 @ 17:18

    About the same age as me. Wonder if we’ll ever see this proposed new rink?

  • Jen, May 14, 2014 @ 13:21

    I spent so many fun Saturday mornings here with friends when I was 12-15 (1994-1996) last went for a laugh aged 21 and it was exactly the same.

  • tumbles, January 31, 2014 @ 10:46

    Yep pretty much gone now.

  • Proj3ct M4yh3m, January 27, 2014 @ 20:26

    This place looks really cool! sad to hear its now demolished?

  • tumbles, December 9, 2013 @ 11:49

    It’s pretty much all gone now

  • tumbles, December 9, 2013 @ 11:46

    Closed on 31st October 2012 according to the BBC News article here:

    I think the closest is Swindon or Cardiff.

  • Matthew, December 3, 2013 @ 23:03

    So sad :'( Beautiful pictures though. It seems I caught it just in time, as the last time I skated here was 2012. Do you know the exact date it closed.
    I was really looking forward to skating here again. Where is the nearest proper rink to central Bristol now?

    Thanks and well done on the photos. x

  • J23, November 27, 2013 @ 22:24

    Is this still there or has it been made into flats? Is it accessible?

  • Alex, November 6, 2013 @ 20:08

    Nice work mate. Didn’t think it would still be that intact. Better get myself down there quick.

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