Climber on a bouldering wall

Climbing at Ravelin Sports Centre

We have brand new lead climbing and bouldering walls for all levels of ability

Ravelin Sports Centre will open soon.

Ravelin Sports Centre will open soon. Facilities and activities on this page will be available when the building has fully opened. Visit our Memberships pages for pricing information.
Whether you are an experienced climber, or completely new to the sport, our climbing wall at Ravelin Sports Centre has everything a climber could need. As well as being open to University of Portsmouth students and staff, we are also open to the local community. Our qualified climbing instructors will always be present during your sessions to ensure the safety of all climbers.
  • 10 metre wide auto-belay wall up to 10.85 metres high, with an overhang up to 2.9m
  • Approximately 120 square metres of bouldering up to a height of 4 metres
  • 8 auto-belays with two routes each
  • Difficulties ranging from F5a - F7a on the Lead Wall
  • Difficulties ranging from VB (Beginner) - V7 in the bouldering tunnel
Our impressive climbing wall goes from the basement to the roof of the building and offers a total of 242 square metres of high quality climbing. The wall has been carefully designed to include a range of angles and features including slab, vertical and overhanging climbing. Challenge yourself at all levels.

View our membership options and sign up, then get climbing! Climb is an option in Super, and is included in Ultimate.

A quick preview of our climbing walls

Check out a preview of our climbing wall and bouldering area in Ravelin Sports Centre.

How to access our climbing wall

The Climb option is included in our Ultimate membership and is also an option within our Super membership.

With Climb as part of Super or Ultimate, simply book into sessions on the app. You can also pay as you go outside of memberships.

Who can access our climbing wall

The minimum age for a climber using our climbing wall is 7 and anyone under the age of 18 will need to be supervised by an adult who is deemed competent at climbing, unless they have been registered and assessed by our climbing instructors to engage in unsupervised climbing. You can find our more information in our rules and regulations

Types of sessions

When it comes to booking your sessions, you will have the option to choose between competent and novice sessions.

  • Novice sessions - If you are inexperienced when it comes to climbing, you will need to book onto novice sessions, you can attend as many of these sessions as you require. Once you have gained experience on the wall and feel comfortable, you can then book onto competent sessions. 
  • Competent sessions - If you are an experienced climber, you can book onto a competent session. Your competency will be assessed on your first session. Once you have demonstrated your competency, you will be able to attend any competent sessions in the future.

If you are deemed a competent climber and are visiting with someone who is inexperienced or under the age of 18, you will also be able to sign a supervisor waiver, which will specify that you are able to supervise and be responsible for the person accompanying you to your competent session. 

Prices are displayed below.

  • Harness hire is included for any climbing session.
  • Climbing shoes are available to hire for £2 per session (£3 for non-members), or you can bring your own climbing shoes.

Chalk bags (£8) and chalk (£3) are available for purchase from reception.

Looking to climb as much as possible? You may be interested in joining the University of Portsmouth Climbing Club, who are regular users of the Ravelin Sports Centre walls.

Climbing Full member* Member PAYG fee
Adult competent/novice session - 45 minutes Free £6 £9
Junior competent/novice session - 45 minutes N/A N/A £5
Equipment hire - per item N/A £2 £3

*Any member that has selected climbing as an activity within their membership package.