5 Beginner Climbing Walls in the UK | Work Free World

If you have read out previous blog posts already, we have introduced you to the different facets of climbing and also provided all the information you need to start climbing.

In this post, we will give you 5 climbing walls in the UK that should take your climbing itch and turn it onto a bug, warning…You may become obsessed with your new hobby.

It is worth mentioning that as well as our list here, there are many great climbing centres throughout the UK and others are definitely worth visiting.

Vauxwest & Vauxeast

Located in Vauxhall in London, the two bouldering walls pretty much have climbing in London covered. Where height is restricted but you don’t want to travel further afield for your fix, these two are a must-try for any budding climber.

Catering for all levels of bouldering these walls will not only progress you to the next level of climbing but also keep building your skills and technique along the way.

They also have longer opening hours to cater for busy city lives.

Check out more and take their virtual tour here.

Newcastle Climbing Centre

Located in an old church, the premier venue for climbing in the north-east certainly has the height.

They also have a strong sense of wanting to get people involved in the sport delivering taster sessions, introductory courses and instruction for ages 5 and upwards.

With lines from 5m up to 18m and a bouldering area as well, there will be more than enough to lines test your abilities and keep you tested as you improve.

Find more information on Newcastle Climbing Centre here.

The Foundry

Located in the outdoor city, Sheffield, the Foundry has more than enough options to choose from with 6 auto belays, 22 top rope lines and 24 lead lines. Should you want to venture further afield or jump straight into outdoor climbing, you can hire an instructor to take you out into the peak district national park. With one instructor for up to 8 people, this sounds like a great day out with friends. More information about the foundry can be found here.

Glasgow Climbing Centre

Glasgow climbing centre sports a mixture of climbing features to suit all abilities and will definitely you excited to go back for your second session. With slabs, vertical walls, overhangs, to boulder problems.

They have 7 auto-belays over 40 top rope lines and 20 lines for lead climbing more can be found out about the centre here.

Kendal Wall

One of the most extensive climbing and vertical adventure centres in the UK. The Kendal wall has more than enough to keep you occupied. With a dedicated family room for new and intermediate climbers, two bouldering rooms and a wall called the King Kong wall…which just sounds intimidating! As a little extra they also have Europe’s first indoor Via Ferrata, which sounds like great fun. You can find out more about them here. When you visit the website, it may look familiar if you have also visited the Vaux Walls. Kendal Wall is owned by the same company, which guarantees it’s going to be good!


We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. If you have been to another climbing centre, which has excellent facilities for beginners, please share in the comments.