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"Just wanted to thank you and all the fab people - café, front desk, instructors, all - at the Castle for a super day. We were so well looked after and everyone enjoyed it immensely. I'd have no hesitation at all in recommending it to others".  (Charlotte)

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Bouldering is one of the fastest growing areas of the sport. It requires minimal equipment – just shoes and a chalkbag- and you don’t need to have a climbing partner. If you don’t top-rope or lead climb you can still register to climb at The Castle with our Bouldering Only Registration . If you're new to the sport and never bouldered, you will need to have an induction on your first visit to the wall. We also offer a Discover Bouldering course  which is suitable for novice climbers who want to get started or for more experienced top-rope/lead climbers who want to get the most out of their bouldering sessions.


We use the V-grading system with a few tweaks. The easiest graded blocs are 'VB' and then it goes V0, V1, V2, etc...

In addition to set problems in each area we also have 4 circuits that are set across all the bouldering areas:

Kids: (yellow/purple swirls)
Beginner: VB (white/red spots)
Easy: V0-V1 (green)
Intermediate: V1-V3 (grey)
Hard: V4-V6 (yellow)

Bouldering Area Setting Schedule

Bouldering Areas Reset Schedule

A copy of the current setting schedule is usually posted on the Bouldering Notice Board by the Catacomb.

100% quality assured

Led by chief setter Mike Langley our team tests every bloc for maximum fun and quality.  The Castle’s bouldering is generally accepted as some of the best in the UK. Why? We have eight massive bouldering areas and several traversing areas, the quickest turnover of blocs, a great variety of new climbing holds and plenty of celebrity setters.

If, however, you think we could improve please send your feedback to

Social Climbing

Whilst you don't need to have a partner to come bouldering and you'll inevitably get chatting to others, maybe swapping tips with those trying the same problem, it's sometimes nice to climb with others rather than on your own. It is a very social sport after all. So, if your climbing friends are working late/going out, or you don't know anyone else who climbs, we offer a free drop-in service called The Session so you can meet like-minded others. Visit the Session & WWA page to find out more.


Throughout the year we will host bouldering competitions- check our Events blog and Competitions page for more information.


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What's On

The Castle is turning 20!!!!

So we've decided to have a Halloween themed UV fancy dress party!
Saturday 24th October - from 3pm
9pm - 1am: A mix of UV lights, funky costumes & amazing Halloween decor this promises to be a huge party with DJ's & licensed bar


Sunday 18th October - from 2pm
Top rock climbers James Pearson & Caroline Ciavaldini will be running masterclasses before presenting a special screening of Redemption: The James Pearson story. More information available on our Events Page



Castle Tour

Take a tour of the Castle Climbing Centre and discover what we're all about!

Castle Climbing Center - A Day in the Life from Tim Ewins on Vimeo.




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