Young climbers aged 14 to 17 may climb unsupervised at The Castle if they pass an assessment. Parents and young climbers must read the Information Sheet (available for download) and complete the registration form and parental consent. Young climbers may not supervise other climbers.
All climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope climb and belay.
14-15 year olds: Climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope and lead climb and belay.
16-17 year olds: Climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope climb and belay. Climbers may pass an optional lead climbing assessment if they want to lead climb.
Young climbers must re-register as adult climbers (either Roped Climbing or Bouldering Only Registration) when they turn 18.
Assessments are conducted by Castle Duty Managers who will judge whether the candidate has the necessary maturity, experience and skills to climb unsupervised. The assessments usually take 30 to 45 minutes and must be booked in advance by phoning Reception on 020 8211 7000. There is a £5 fee for the assessment payable whether the climber passes or is deferred.
We are able to conduct assessments at the following times:
Mon: 2.30 – 5.00
Tue: 1.30 – 5.00
Wed: 1.30 – 5.00
Thu: 1.30 – 5.00
Fri: 2.30 – 6.00
Please note that your child must bring someone to climb for them during the assessment so that they can demonstrate belaying skills.
Parental attendance and consent
14-15 year olds: Parent/guardian must sign parental consent and attend the assessment.
16-17 year olds: Parent/guardian must sign the consent form, but does not need to be present at the assessment.
Training Aid Restrictions
14 and 15 year olds may not use The Castle Gym. 16 and 17 year olds may use The Castle following an induction. Contact Reception to book the free gym induction.
In the run up to the Castle’s Arctic themed Christmas party being held on Saturday 14th December, we’re holding a raffle, with some great prizes on offer to the lucky winners. To stand a chance to win one of the following prizes all you have to do is part with £2 and buy a raffle ticket.
The raffle is being held in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. To find out more please take a look at our blog
Christmas Opening Hours
Tue 24 Dec 10pm - 6pm
Wed 25 Dec Closed
Thu 26 Dec Closed
Fri 27 Dec 10am - 10pm
Sat 28 Dec 10am - 7pm
Sun 29 Dec 10am - 7pm
Mon 30 Dec 10am - 10pm
Tue 31 Dec 10am - 6pm
Wed 01 Jan 10am - 6pm Thu 02 Jan Normal Opening Hrs
No Session running between Tues 24th Dec and Wed 1st Jan. The Session will run as normal from Thurs 2nd Jan.
The first 2014 Women with Altitude bouldering session will run on Mon 6th Jan.