Climbing Centre's Near You
Where can I go climbing in Ireland?
You know what type of climbing you want to try, but you don't know where to go or what the different climbing centre's can provide. Well you have come to the right page, below will detail out all the climbing centers in Northern Ireland and Ireland. This is a working page so more and more centers will be added over time. If your centre is not listed here and you want it to be, reach out and let me know!
Gilford Community Centre
5 Stramore Rd, Gilford, Craigavon BT63 6HL
This Community Centre is part of the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council. If you have gym membership through ABC the wall is free to use. You must complete an induction with the council staff before using the gym. This needs to be booked in advance with the centre. The centre only provides harnesses, no shoes or chalk is available to rent or buy. There is a small bouldering wall at the centre and a midsized climbing wall complete with 8 auto belays and the ability to top rope and lead climb. The grades range from 5A to 8A. You can also hire the wall for birthday parties and events.
Gilford Youth Climbing Club runs out of the centre on a Tuesday night from 6.30 to 8.30 for all youth and children under 18. The club runs with a family policy where parents are required to stay on site with their children if under 15, the parents are encouraged to learn about climbing too and participate in the sessions. To join the kids club you are required to be a member of Mountaineering Ireland. The membership costs £35 per adult, £10 per youth who has an adult member in the same household (under 15s) or £20 per youth with no accompanying adult member (16-18) . It costs £5 per week to participate. To join the club contact Peter Mckibben on 07827299153 or email Gilfordyouthclimbingclub@gmail.com.
In addition to indoor climbing this club also partakes in hiking, outdoor climbing and annual camping trips. It is a great friendly atmosphere and amazing space to learn from other like minded families. This club had harnesses, shoes, chalk etc available for rent and a variety of outdoor equipment.
Gilford climbing club (adults) also runs out of this centre on a Tuesday night from 8.30-10pm for over 18s. If you have been part of the youth club you are able to start your transition into the adults club from 17 years old by staying after the kids session ends.
The adult club runs as a social club, they do not take any fees from their members. Instead the £3.50 entry must be paid directly to reception and if you are an ABC gym member you can attend for free. However all members must be a Mountaineering Ireland Member and complete a registration form when joining and have completed their centre induction. This club has harnesses, shoes, helmets etc available for use at club activities and a variety of outdoor equipment.
As a social club they tend to visit different climbing centres in Ireland and Northern Ireland, they also organise a variety of outdoor climbing activities all over the country weather permitting. To join the club, contact Ciera Clayton on 07704052252, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ormeau embankment, Belfast. Bt6 8LT
This is Belfast's highest climbing wall at 40 metres, including bouldering, top rope and lead Climbing from grades 4A+ to 6C+. This centre offers classes for complete beginners through to independent climbers for both youth and adults. To find out more email email@example.com
This centre is used by Belfast Climbing Club on Thursdays at 19.00 - check their Facebook group on the day to confirm: https://m.facebook.com/groups/340771469453182
To participate at the Ozone with this club, you need your own harness and climbing shoes and you must have experience in tie-in and top rope belaying as they do not provide instruction.
Belfast Climbing Club also meets at Boulder World on Tuesday nights at 19.00 see more info below. No membership is required for these indoor meet ups however you are required to have insurance, which is available via Mountaineering Ireland Membership, and the BCC membership to participate in any outdoor club trips. Contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Unit 1, Boucher Business Cent4,Apollo road, Belfast BT12 6HP
A premier indoor bouldering facility, this centre is used by many climbing clubs for social climbing nights as well as being open to the public. Before attending you must complete a first time registration form which can be found on their website. Once registered you will be provided a Boulder World card, don't lose it as you need it every time you come to this centre. You can hire shoes from this centre which is great if you're a beginner and you want to try the sport out. The centre also has a small shop where you can buy climbing related items such as chalk, chalk bags, clothing, guide books etc. They also sell some snacks and tea and coffee. In the upstairs area there is a moon board and training area, complete with campus boards, a great area to warm up or even sit down to have your lunch. This centre also hosts a climbing competition called the Boulder Bonanza, as well as coaching and training nights, check out their website for more information on this.
The Foyle Arena
2 limivady road, Londonderry Bt47 6JY
This is a council-owned centre, it is Ireland's highest indoor climbing wall, with 39 independent lines, a small IFSC Speed climbing wall, and a dedicated bouldering wall with a variety of angles including a 45-degree board and campus and fingerboards.The centre is complete with a few auto belays, a top rope set up, and lead climbing, with the smaller routes being around 15 meters on the vertical walls and much higher on the overhanging Areas. Personally, this is my favorite climbing centre in Ireland and I happily drive the 1hr and 45 mins each way to go to it!
To use the facilities you must complete an induction where you will be required to prove your competence in tying in and lead belaying if using the lead walls. There is also a bouldering-only registration. A fully registered member can supervise up to 2 people on the wall. If you don't have the skills to complete the registration you can complete a beginner's course through the centre.
This centre is also Northern Ireland's only primary NICAS centre that offers all 5 levels of the course. To book a course contact reception.
Hotrock Climbing Wall
Tollymore National Outdoor Center (TNOC)
32 Hilltown Rd, Newcastle BT33 0PZ
Telephone: +44 (028) 4372 2158
Hotrock is a climbing wall owned by Mountaineering Ireland and is situated inside TNOC.
Unlike the usual indoor climbing walls, this centre's climbing walls are made of a texture fiberglass which resembles rock-like features such as pockets, cracks and general feeling. The centre has a separate training area and the main room has a lead wall with 4 x auto belays and top rope ability with over 40 routes and a separate wall for bouldering.
You are required to complete a membership form to access the wall and participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult wall user. Those under 18 can complete a competency test to allow them to climb independently. The centre is able to facilitate training and have an array of qualified staff who can aid you in your development. The wall also hosts climbing competitions and other events. For prices and more information visit Climbing Wall Prices Northern Ireland - Tollymore Outdoor Centre
Awesome Walls- Dublin
Unit 6, North Park Business Park, Finglas, Dublin,D11 YP40
This Climbing centre is part of the Awesome Walls Brand - you will find another Awesome Walls Center down in County Cork.
The Dublin centre is one of the largest indoor climbing centres in the EU, and boasts a large climbing wall with an amazing overhanging section, with facilities for 18m lead climbing and top rope and 250 + routes. There are 2 levels of bouldering as well, meaning you will have your fill of climbing. They also provide coaching sessions if necessary. The centre has a small shop which sells harnesses and shoes etc- it's actually where I bought my very first harness!
To climb here you must register online : Dublin Register - Awesome Walls
They have climbing inductions for bouldering as well as roped climbing.
For more information on this climbing centre, visit their website on Dublin - Awesome Walls
Dublin Climbing Centre
The Square Industrial Complex, Belgard Square E, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland
Contact 01 558 2800
This facility has an array of lead climbing, top roping and 5 auto belays, including a training room with a 30 degree wall, moon board, weights and finger boards.
The Dublin Climbing Centre also offers its own internal climbing courses for all abilities as well as offering the NICAS climbing program for juniors from 7 years to 17 years old.
In addition to this on Tuesday nights they run a bouldering coaching session (19.00-22.00) designed to ensure your technique and help you socialise with other like minded climbers. This is in an open format- no booking required.
On a Thursday night they do a women's only coaching session (19.30–21.30) which is designed to enhance your climbing skills- note a prerequisite is that you must be able to belay. This is also in an open format- no booking required.
For more information visit Dublin Climbing Centre – The Dublin Climbing Centre
Gravity Climbing Centre
Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, 6a, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Ireland
This gym is strictly for bouldering only with hundreds of problems to entertain you and a training area. The centre provides 1-1 coaching sessions at cost as well as drop in sessions for free (note this is for members only) In addition to this they have a kids club, teens sessions and winders club for those looking to compete! They also have a pretty good shop too- but you can only purchase in store currently, why not drop in and check it out and go for a climb while you're there!
To access the gym you must watch their induction video and register. As an adult you may supervise up to 2 juniors over 7 years old, but you must be an experienced boulderer.
For more information visit their website- Gravity Climbing
This is an ever growing list so if you are a member of any other climbing centres in the island of Ireland and you want me to add them to the list, please send me an email to email@example.com with a blurb about the centre including key information such as facilities, location, courses or clubs they have etc and I will be happy to add it to the list!