Indoor climbing and bouldering have exploded in popularity in recent years, and thankfully several venues in Dublin have opened up to cater to this new fitness trend. Whether you want to tackle a traditional indoor climbing wall using a top rope climbing system, or want to try your hand at bouldering, a form of climbing without a rope and harness, there is a venue in Dublin to suit you. All of the venues cater to climbers of all levels of experience, from complete beginners to experienced rock climbers looking to hone their skills in an indoor setting.
In this post we share our ultimate guide to climbing walls in Dublin.
Map of Climbing Walls
This map shows the location of every climbing wall highlighted in this post:
The first climbing wall on our list is Awesome Walls climbing centre in North Dublin. This venue is one of the largest indoor climbing centres in Europe, with approximately 250 climbing routes to try. This venue provides both top rope climbing and bouldering walls.
For beginners, Awesome Walls provide excellent first time packages providing gear and coaching followed by unlimited wall access. The venue also caters to groups.
The Dublin Climbing Centre
Our second venue is The Dublin Climbing Centre in the Tallaght neighbourhood of North Dublin, which also provides bouldering walls as well traditional top rope climbing walls. While this venue caters to climbers of all ages and abilities, it is particularly well suited to children looking to climb for the first time, and can also host children’s birthday parties.
Conveniently located beside the The Square shopping centre, The Dublin Climbing Centre is close to many excellent local restaurants and has ample parking available.
Trinity College Dublin Climbing Wall
For those looking for a climbing wall in the heart of the city centre, the gym at Trinity College Dublin has a climbing wall that is open to members of the public. However, it should be noted that individual access is restricted unless the climber has completed a course with or has a valid license to climb.
The Trinity climbing wall can be booked by groups for corporate events, birthday parties, or school tours.
More information can be found here.
Gravity Climbing Centre
Situated in Dublin’s Inchicore neighbourhood in the west of the city, Gravity Climbing Centre is home to bouldering walls exclusively. The great advantage of bouldering is that unlike traditional top rope climbing, a harness, safety rope and belay partner are not required, as the walls are limited in height. However, at 4.5m, the bouldering walls at Gravity Climbing Centre are certainly not small. The ‘problems’ (bouldering speak for routes) on offer are colour coded, and range from easy problems for those starting out, to difficult test pieces to challenge even the most experienced climber.
Gravity Climbing Centre pride themselves on being a welcoming community, and provide introduction sessions for complete beginners, both individually and in groups. There is also excellent coffee available on site.
The Wall Climbing Gym
Our final climbing wall on the list is The Wall Climbing Gym in Sandyford in South Dublin. This is another excellent bouldering venue that provides 10 circuits catering to beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers.
The Wall Climbing Gym offer a number of options for children interested in climbing, as well as hosting children’s birthday parties. In addition, an introductory package for beginners is available, with gear, coaching, and unlimited climbing following the session.
The video below offers an insight into the thrills on offer: