Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Here you will find all of our climbers most asked questions.

What is bouldering? Is it different to climbing?

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing which takes place on boulders and other small rock formations or indoor walls that typically measure less than 20 feet (6.1 m) from ground to top, but in some cases can measure up to 30+ ft. Unlike top rope climbing and lead climbing, no ropes are used to protect or aid the climber.

Do I need to bring my own shoes and chalk-bag?

No, you can hire them on site for a small fee. If you have booked a lesson, shoes and chalk hire are included in the price.

I've never climbed before. Can I come to Stronghold?

Yes. We welcome climbers of all abilities, including the ‘never-evers.’ We have a special Induction Lesson that we highly recommend – no equipment necessary, just bring yourself. Click here for more info. If you’re climbing for the first time, you’ll need to either be in a lesson, join our Induction, or be with a supervisor.

I’ve climbed before, but could do with a refresher – can you help?

Yes. We have a wide range of lessons available for climbers of all experience.

I’m an experienced climber, can I just come and climb?

Yes. After registering, there is a range of access from single-entry to annual memberships.

Can I drop my kids off and collect them later?

This depends on the age and experience level of the children. Please refer to our Under 18 policy. To be sure that they are well supervised, you could always book the kids into a lesson with one of out instructors.

I’m coming for a climb before work / school / a date…do you have showers?

Yes, we have fully equipped showers and changing facilities, including some super-cool lockers from the Rio Olympic Village.

I’m not a climber, do you have anything else to do?

We do (are you sure we can’t tempt you with bouldering?). We have a gym area as well as a well stocked café. There are plenty of chill-out and viewing areas around the centre, so why not relax with a drink and get a feel for what we’re about, you’ll be climbing the walls in no time!

Can I park at the centre?

Yes. But we have limited spaces. There is off site parking available but please refer to the local council website for parking times.

I’m an experienced climber, can I teach my friends who are beginners?

On your first visit to Stronghold Climbing Centre, you will be asked to fill in a Supervisor Assessment, which will be checked by a member of our team. On successful completion, you’ll be able to supervise a maximum of 2 people (1 if under 6 years of age).

Do I need to book or can I just come in?

You do not have to make any booking if you do not require a lesson. However, we strongly suggest filling out our pre-registration form before arriving so that you can get climbing as quickly as possible.

What are your terms & conditions?

If you are looking for our T&Cs please click here.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us via our contact page.