Department of Sport

Climbing Wall

The Climbing wall is now open for casual climbing. Bookings can be made via our online booking page. Due to Government Guidelines maximum capacity is 12 climbers. 


The David Ross Sports Village includes a state-of-the-art climbing and bouldering wall.

Our climbing wall is 12m high with over 40 routes, permanent top ropes, space for lead climbing and 3 auto belays. The bouldering wall is 3.5m high with over 40 graded problems.

Climbers can climb independently or join in our popular instructor led sessions. 

There are also opportunties to book corporate team building days or birthday parties for the kids.



If you are a new user you first need to register with University of Nottingham Sport. Once you have joined you can complete an Acceptance of Risk form (Registration) which are available from DRSV reception. This will allow you to climb un-supervised.

  • Adult unsupervised climbing
  • Adult unsupervised bouldering
  • Adult unsupervised auto belay
  • Supervised climber must be accompanied by a registered climber.

Once you have completed the form a member of DRSV reception staff can allocate you eligibility to use the climbing wall. Bookings can be made on the membership area. Please note that from time to time parts of the wall may be out of use for maintenance or route setting.

We strongly recomend all customers watch the short BMC video below before registering:

Climbing sessions at David Ross Sports Village

We offer a range of climbing sessions for all levels of climbers at David Ross Sports Village.

Our expert climbing team can run you through the basics of climbing with either our Learn to Climb sessions or Bouldering and Auto Belay inductions - no experience is required for any of these sessions. For intermediate and advanced climbers we offer Improver sessions and Learn to Move sessions where we can teach the fundamental skills of climbing movement and suggest improvements to your technique and demonstrate more advanced skills. All sessions are subject to the availability of our instructors.

New climbers are required to complete Acknowledgent of Risk Form prior to using the wall. Beginners can enroll on our popular Learn to Climb session before climbing unsupervised as an independent climber. If you have never climbed before there are various taster sessions available where you can just try climbing for the first time. 

Select one of the opportunities below to find out more about climbing at David Ross Sports Village.




Climbing Wall Sessions (Term 3  2021) 


1.30 - 2.30pm

Bouldering Induction 2 x 30min sessions 

2.30 - 3pm Auto Belay Induction (30mins)
3.30 - 4.30pm Climbing Taster (60mins)
6 - 8pm Inclusive Climbing - Engage 2 x 60min sessions - Book at reception


TimeSession name
9 - 10am

Climbing Taster (60mins)

10 - 10.30am Auto Belay induction (30 mins)
11 - 12am Bouldering induction 2 x 30min sessions
2 - 5pm Learn to Climb (3hr session)
8 - 9pm  Engage Climbing (60mins) - Book at reception


TimeSession name
10am - 1pm

Learn To Climb (3 hours) (10th Jun cancelled)


TimeSession name
9 - 12am

Learn To Climb (3 hours)

1.30 - 2.30pm Bouldering induction 2 x  30 min sessions
2.30 - 3pm Auto Belay induction (30min session)
3.30 - 4.30pm Climbing Taster (60 min session)
8 - 9pm Engage Climbing - Book at reception


TimeSession name 
9am - 4pm Route setting on main wall
6 - 8pm Inclusive Climbing - Engage 2 x 60 min sessions - Book at reception


TimeSession name 
9.30 -10.45am Childrens Tasters - Book at reception
11 - 12.15am Childrens Tasters - Book at reception
2 - 3pm Climbing Tasters (60 min session)
3.30 - 4.30pm Climbing Tasters (60 min session)


TimeClass name 
9.30 -10.45am Childrens Tasters - Book at reception
11 - 12.15am Childrens Tasters - Book at reception
2 - 3pm Climbing Tasters (60 min session)
3.30 - 4.30pm Climbing Tasters (60 min session)


Who can use the Climbing Wall?

Student, staff, alumni and associate UoN sport and fitness members may access the climbing wall free-of-charge as part of their membership. 

Students, staff, alumni and associates of the University of Nottingham, who do not hold a UoN sports and fitness membership may use the climbing wall at a cost of £6.50 per session.

Public Members

If you hold a current  UoN sport and fitness membership, you may access the climbing wall at a charge of £7.50 per visit.


Public Non-Members - PAYG Community

Members of the local community can use the climbing wall as a Pay As You Go (PAYG) customer. After activating an account online you will be required to complete a registration form to confirm you are competent to use the wall. If you are unable to complete the form you can book onto our Learn to climb, Boulder induction, Auto-belay induction or taster sessions. Access will be available from Friday 21st June. After Sun 22 Sep the wall will continue to be available but there will be Off Peak and Peak timings. Charges for these will be:  

PAYG Off Peak Open untill 3:30pm - £6.50

PAYG Peak 3:30pm until Close - £7.50

Child - £2.50 (free if with a paying adult during non-term time)

Anyone who is new to climbing can complete the 3hr Learn to climb course for £20.00, Bouldering induction £5, or Auto belay induction £5 (no experience necessary) Current sessions are published on the calendar.

Once registered PAYG users can book climbing wall sessions at the David Ross Sports Village reception or online. 

For more information on PAYG Community please click here.


Children under 16

If you are an experienced climber, who has registered to use our climbing wall, you may bring up to two children aged under 16. Each session costs £2.50 per child. 


When can I climb?

Experienced and registered climbers may use the wall at any time during opening hours.

Booking a session is mandatory for all climbers. This can be through the online booking system or from any reception. book online or contact the  David Ross Sports Village

Both the  University of Nottingham Climbing club and the  University of Nottingham Caving club hold regular sessions on the wall and these are open to club members. Contact the clubs to find out more.

Please note, the wall will be closed on a Monday evening for exclusive use of the Climbing Club (term time only), and Saturday mornings for Childrens Climbing sessions. 

Climbing Wall Closures. From time to time the climbing wall will be closed for maintenance and external group bookings. On these occasions sections of the wall or the whole wall may be unavailable for booking. We will attempt to give prior notice through various social media channels such as facebook, twitter and signs within the climbing wall. If in doubt please refer to the online booking system. If the space is unavailable it is likely that there is an external booking. If you make a booking within the 30 mins prior to a closure you may be asked to leave the wall before the closure comes into effect.

Feedback. We value customer feedback on either the condition of the climbing area or on the quality or grading of the routes. Please contact us here. 

Find out more about our memberships


Do I need to Register?

Experienced climbers:
Please arrive 10 minutes before your first climbing session to complete our Acknowledgement of Risk form. Once completed, you will be able to climb unsupervised. If you are not currently a member you will need to allow additional time to complete joining documentation.

Experienced climbers (aged 16 and 17 years):
Please contact our climbing team to book a supervisory climb. This will allow our team to check you are safe to climb and once completed, you will be able to climb unsupervised. 

New climbers: 
If you haven't climbed before, you will be required to attend either a Boulder induction, Auto Belay induction or a 3hr Learn to Climb course before using our climbing wall unsupervised. On successful completion of these sessions you will be able to register to use the climbing wall. Please click here for the next available sessions.

Children under 16 years: 
Young people aged under 16 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent / guardian at all times when using the climbing wall. The parent / guardian must have registered as an experienced climber and will need to complete a supervising form for their child before each visit. 



What do I need to wear when using the climbing wall?

Wear loose comfortable clothing - skirts, dresses and tight fitting trousers are not suitable. Layers are recommended to keep warm between climbs.

Clean training shoes (e.g. sports trainers) are required - we do also have climbing shoes available to hire. No hard or leather-soled shoes may be worn when using the wall.

Please note: Bare feet, open toed sandles and flip flops are not allowed.


I've climbed before, can I class myself as an experienced climber?

An experienced climber is someone who is able to tie a figure of eight knot, use a sit harness and belay using an appropriate device. If you meet these criteria, you do not require an induction and may climb unsupervised after completing our Acknowledgement of Risk form. 


I’m an experienced climber, can I bring novices with me to the wall?

Experienced climbers may bring a maximum of two novices with them to the climbing wall. Each time you bring novices to the wall, you must complete a supervision form at the David Ross Sports Village reception before climbing and ensure that you supervise them at all times when using the wall. Novice climbers are not able to belay without direct supervsion.


I'm a parent/guardian, can I bring my child to a climbing session? 

Yes, if you are a registered climber and are willing to able to complete an U18 supervision form. You can start climbing with and supervise up to three novices or under 18s.

You will have to fill in a separate U18 supervision form upon arrival at the David Ross Sports Village reception. 

Children under 16 years of age are not allowed to belay other children or adults unless being supervised by a qualified instructor.


Do you host birthday parties?

Yes - We are pleased to offer climbing birthday parties for children aged 5 - 16 years old. Our expert climbing team will show your group all the basics of climbing in a fun friendly enviroment. Available outside of term times.

  • 6 people - £54.00 - 1.5 hours

  • 12 people - £108.00 - 1.5 hours

  • bookable on Saturdays between 2-3.30pm and 3.30-5pm (please enquire if you require alternative times/days)

  • all climbing equipment is included, please ensure your group are wearing trainers and that no skirts or dresses are worn without shorts or leggings underneath.

  • catering options can also be added with our on-site Clubhouse Cafe 

For more information and to book, please contact our  climbing wall team

Do you host corporate team building events?

For corporate guests, our climbing sessions are excellent team building opportunities. Our team will show your group all the basic climbing skills along with some fun games to get your group working together. 

  • 12 people- £150 - 1.5 hours (please enquire if your group is larger)
  • all climbing equipment is included, please ensure your group are wearing trainers.
  • catering options can also be added with our on-site Clubhouse Cafe. 

For more information and to book, please contact our  climbing wall team


How often do you undertake routesetting?

Route setting on the main climbing wall takes place during holiday periods. Please note that during this time parts of the main wall and bouldering wall will be out of use.

Bouldering routes are reset throughout the course of the term, usually on Fridays. During this time booking won't be possible online or at reception. The main wall normally remains open.



Click here to download the Climbing Wall Rules and Conditions of Use

Click here to download the Helmets Policy for Children 

Click here to download the Novice Policy

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000