Department of Sport

Climbing Wall

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 and 2 auto belays. The bouldering wall is 3.5m high with over 30 graded problems.

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

Opening hours

Climbing sessions

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Who can use the climbing wall?

Students, staff, alumni and associates:

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

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


Children aged 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. 

Do I need to register? 

Experienced climbers:

Please arrive 10 minutes before your first climbing session to complete our registration documents. Once completed, you will be able to climb unsupervised.

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 a Learn to Climb course before using our climbing wall unsupervised. Please click here for the next available course.

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. 

When can I climb?

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

In order to guarantee space, you may wish to book online (members only) or by contacting the David Ross Sports Village

Our climbing wall team also organise a range of sessions for different levels of climber - please click here for details, dates, times and costs. 

Is there a club I can join?

Both the University of Nottingham Climbing club and the University of Nottingham Caving club hold regular sessions on the wall open to students at the University of Nottingham.

Please note, the wall will be closed to casual users during these club sessions (term time only).

Birthday parties

We are pleased to offer climbing birthday parties for children aged 8 - 16 years old. Our expert climbing team will show your group all the basics of climbing in a fun friendly enviroment.

  • 6 people - £48.00 - 1.5 hours
  • 12 people - £96.00 - 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
  • catering options can also be added with our on-site Clubhouse Cafe 

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

Corporate climbing sessions 

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

Your Questions

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.

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.


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 climbing registration or bouldering registration 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. You must sign both novices in with the David Ross Sports Village reception before climbing and ensure that you supervise them at all times when using the wall. 

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

Yes, if you are able to declare upon arrival that you are a experienced climber (i.e. you can put a harness on correctly, tie in, belay, and boulder safely) then you can start climbing with and supervise up to two novices or under 16s. You will have to fill in a separate form upon arrival at the David Ross Sports Village reception. 


Additional Information

Please download the David Ross Sports Village climbing wall terms and conditions

Please note, by joining as a climbing wall member, you consent for your personal information to be hosted onto our leisure management system. Your details will be held securely and never passed onto third parties. Members receive our Stopwatch E News, from which you may unsubscribe at any point.

University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000