Climber on wall

Climbing at Ravelin Sports Centre

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

Ravelin Sports Centre is opening in October 2022 with early access for students and current members

Ravelin Sports Centre will open on:

Saturday 3 September to students, staff, associate (including all UOP graduates) and current public members

Saturday 1 October to new public members

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 Core Plus, 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 Core Plus membership.

With Climb as part of Core Plus 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

Booking your sessions

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

All sessions will be supervised by one of our climbing instructors, who will be there to offer advice and guidance.

Book today

You can book this activity on the UOP Sport app, or through our online booking system.
  • 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 novice session - 45 minutes Free £6.25 £9.50
Junior novice session - 45 minutes N/A N/A £5.25
Equipment hire - per item N/A £2.25 £3

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