The Castle Climbing Centre

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Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London, GREATER LONDON N4 2HA

020 8211 7000



Registered Climber: £12. Novice Climbers: £13.00. Concessions: £7.50. Novice Concessions: £8.00. Direct Debit:unlimited climbing for £47/mth. Annual, 6 monthly, Quarterly, Monthly payment plans and Punch cards available.

Opening times
Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00, Weekend 09:00-19:00, Bank Hols 10:00-22:00

One of the UKís largest indoor climbing centres, The Castle houses over 450 routes serviced by more than 100 roped and lead lines, from 8m to 13m in height. The extensive range of bouldering is covered by 11 separate areas including an outdoor boulder field. The climbing is spread over five floors of this unique atmospheric building. Quickdraws are in-situ for all lead lines but you need to bring your own rope. Lines are graded with the French System (4 to 8a).

The Castle is constantly looking to grow and improve its facilities for customers. In the last few years we have completed some major development works which has seen some areas refurbished and 3 new areas developed:

- The Comp Wall replaced the Feature Wall in April 2013

- The Feature Wall was relocated outdoors with 2 new Outdoor Boulders - opened June 2013

- The Loft bouldering area opened in Sept 2013

- Wells 1&2 12.5m lead walls opened July 2014

- The Catacomb bouldering roof was refurbished in Dec 2014

Developments to the climbing areas continue with Wells 3&4 - a number of auto belay lines and more lead lines due to open late in 2015.

In addition to the climbing walls there are also training areas including a gym, campus and systems boards, stretching areas, dedicated traverse walls and an abseil tower.

The centre caters for all levels from beginners through to experienced climbers, providing courses and private tuition for all abilities, from one hour taster sessions, beginnersí courses through to advance courses and bespoke coaching sessions.

If you donít fancy learning the ropes you can still register to climb at The Castle with our Bouldering Only Registration .

For kids we run school group sessions and kids school holiday tasters. Children as young as 5 years old, up to 17 can join our N4 clubs and discover climbing, get active, learn new skills and develop socially.

We have specialist instructors who have experience with rehabilitation and working with all kinds of physical and mental disability. The ground floor is completely wheelchair accessible and we provide an accessible toilet/baby-changing facilities. We are happy to assist with access to our non-step free facilities.

The award winning Castle Garden, designed using permaculture principles, is a source of organically grown produce for use in the Castle Café. The café offers organic, Fair-trade and home-grown food prepared with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables grown onsite, plus a wide variety of herbal tea blends, also cultivated from the garden.

Our one acre garden acts as a venue for events and an educational resource for local schools and groups. When the sun is shining it is also a very pleasant place to enjoy a cuppa, sat in the round wood shelter with its stunning wildflower living roof.

The Castle Shop can provide all the necessary equipment to start climbing including shoe and harness hire. Plus we sell a full range of climbing kit, including the largest choice of climbing shoes in London.

Busiest times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and weekend afternoons.

Driving directions to The Castle Climbing Centre with Google
Manor House Tube (Piccadilly line)is best. Take the southeast exit (EXIT 3) then walk straight ahead for about 5 mins slightly downhill. Finsbury Park Station is also about 10 mins walk. Buses 141, 341 or 106. As you get closer it looks like a big castle from outside. Limited car parking facilities plus some street parking. Dedicated Bike Parking Area in the main building.

Gear shop
The Castle Shop

Nearby pubs
Brownswood Park Tavern over the road

YES, a dedicated climbing centre

ABC wall?
YES, this wall is a member of the Association of British Climbing centres

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These details were last updated on 23/Apr/2015

User Comments

I think this wall is a little expensive at £11.50 a go, however it is by far my favourite wall. There is loads to do, a good spread of grades and a variety of angled walls. I find all the staff pleasant and friendly, unlike my experience of the Westway. The only real downside is the lack of parking
Big Steve - 12/Dec/09

I like this place a lot, and I strongly recommend you to give it a try if you have never been there. If you are looking for a partner to do some ropes in there you might want to visit this page, it is suppose to create a way for people to hook up for climbing:
dobrek - 08/Jul/07

Been looking for a wall just come down to London from Birmingham for a 8 month work placement. Been looking around the internet. Castle seems to get a thumbs up from this reviewer. I think i will check it out now. Or should i try Westway first?
Debs Debs - 18/Sep/06

Ok, so it does pong a bit, it's a former Victorian Water-Pumping station..................what do you expect?? But lets face it, when you are sweating through a problem (and there are many...good ones too!) do you really stop and sniff...or do you concentrate on stopping your leg from shaking???....ahh..thought so! :P
Jay - 04/Sep/06

more expensive @ £9:50, registration £4.....but a nice lot of bouldering and a warm up traverse wall, interesting walls, lots of lockers and a caff. bit dirty (ahh, bless!) & the staff seem a bit overwhelmed/sulky. can get a bit crowded on the walls, but bouldering seems to be OK: has even got sofa's. Pongs bigtime. I blame people sweating.
thin bob - 17/Mar/06

I found the atmosphere to be very friendly and the price compares well to any other London based activities! It is worth going for the monthly direct debit option if you are going to climb here regularly. The new boulders look very exciting too, I'll try to get some pictures on here when they are finished.
soveda - 05/Jul/05

Great place to climb. It's not expensive if you get a pass, and although it can get pretty busy there's always stuff to climb. Weekends are pretty quiet - only problem is that the courses are pretty pricey. they do a free instructor-led session three times a week though.
Hugo - 12/Nov/04

Just completed a starter course. It was fun and well run. Lots of follow up support to help you get into the sport. Free and frendly casual training events through out the week. Can be packed at peak times but always routes avalible. £32 a month seems good value in London terms. Recomended for anyone looking to try out climbing.
stuart - 12/Nov/04

as my experience goes would not recommend for beginners course. i was very disappointed and dismayed that on the first day for beginners at the Castle the instructor failed to mention anything about warming-up/stretching, the ommision of which i consider very unprofessional and irresponsible practice.
yvonne - 01/Jul/04

This is one of the worst climbing centers imaginable - for £8.50 [membership rate] you recieve surly treatment from the staff; a foul stench in most areas of the building and disgusting conditions throughout. There is also a overpriced cafe. Avoid.
Nick - 11/May/04

A great building too - with a tower which I have seen used for internal abseiling once? Coffee bar snorts out steam and espresso all the time in the upper room, as you would expect in Stoke Newington.
Tom CBury - 18/Oct/03

"Babe city, they're everywhere, top totty"?. You arse.
Alex - 05/Jul/03

Quite simply the best dedicated centre that I have climbed at. Very good facilities, well marked and realistically graded routes, fantastic traverse wall and at £25 a month direct debit, awesome value as well. A bit busy at peak times but they have recently added a whole new section of lead and top roped climbs and there is more room to expand
Ben - 03/Jan/03

Babe city, they're everywhere, top totty. The walls are good, the grades I'd say are a little harder than the Westway. The staff are really nice especially Dave the Jock, very helpfull. Nora makes a wicked cap and the feel of the place is good. However, those pesky belay police really are assholes.
John - 12/Nov/02

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