At Reading Climbing Centre, we pride ourselves on providing top quality facilities for all our customers.
Alongside the impressive climbing & bouldering facilities, the onsite Picnic Cafe is a great place to relax and watch the action with a panini and a latte, and the Urbanrock climbing shop are here to sell you any shiny new gear you may need and offer expert advice on your next climbing trip!
The industrial heritage of the ex-forge, provides an impressive backdrop to activities in the centre, whether you’re high on the climbing, bouldering or training walls, or taking time out from your day with friends.
For those seeking roped climbing, Reading Climbing Centre hosts 91 climbing lines, which are a mixture of top roped and lead lines. Our main lead wall is an impressive 14 meters high, with a complete roof arch extending routes to a possible 20m. Surrounding this are a wide range of other fantastic climbing lines of all shapes and sizes, specially designed to cater for climbers of all abilities. We re-set all our routes regularly to make sure there is always something new to try.
Our climbing hall is in the main area of a converted steel forge, and we have retained the original crane and gantry which provides an interesting link to the buildin’s industrial past. It’s a great place to climb, meet new people and socialise.
If you’ve not climbed before or would like advice on the best way to access the centre or improve your climbing, give one of our friendly staff a call to discuss your options, we have something to suit everyone.
Alongside roped climbing, bouldering, or climbing without ropes over a crash mat, has gained in popularity over the last few years. Each move between handholds is designed to test and climbs are known as problems, designed to be solved!
Reading Climbing Centre offers two dedicated bouldering areas and a traversing room, so there is plenty to do even if you don’t fancy taking to the ropes. Our recently developed training area has given us more space, with more problems, to keep you bouldering longer! Our walls are made up of a wide range of interesting angles, from shallow slabs to horizontal roofs.
Bouldering is accessible to everyone and you don’t need any previous experience to come down and have a go. Problems range from very easy to World Cup standard, set by our team of professional routesetters including TeamGB members, so there really is something for everyone!
Anyone from the age of 5 can come and have a go at bouldering, but under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless they hold a Blue, Green or Yellow Card.
This is the place to be when you’re not hanging out on the walls in the South’s premier indoor climbing centre.
Enjoy a steaming latte and hot panini as you watch the action from the best viewing gallery in town.
Set on the mezzanine the café offers the best view of the climbing action so you can watch your friends and family in comfort. We have a large range of confectionery, cakes and hot snacks as well as specialty coffees, teas and cold drinks. If you’re here to watch the kids, why not bring your laptop and take advantage of our Free WiFi availability and get an hours work in over lunch.
We also offer a catering option for birthday party groups and on site corporate events. For the Kids, after they have scaled a few walls and swung on a rope they can get together for a buffet of snacks and drinks to get their energy back!
Urban Rock are on site at Reading Climbing Centre for all your climbing kit and clothing needs!
Opening hours are 12.00-10.00, Monday to Friday, and 10.00-6.00 Saturday and Sunday.
At Urbanrock we are proud to call ourselves The Climbing Experts. Our aim is simply to be your first choice for climbing equipment. What sets us apart from other outdoor shops is that we are an independent dedicated climbing store. We are confident that our selection of climbing equipment cannot be bettered and our product expertise is some of the best in the business.
Our products are carefully chosen to ensure that they will do the job they are supposed to do. Whether you are looking for clothing, footwear, a rucksack or a full set of winter climbing hardware you can be sure that the products we stock will do the job you require. We are also well aware that you would rather be climbing than shopping, and with our stores based in the UK’s premier climbing centres this should no longer be a problem.
Conference and corporate meeting facilities in a stunning and unique setting
Situated on the mezzanine, our meeting room can accommodate up to 15 delegates in a boardroom style layout, or 25 in a lecture hall layout. The meeting room is also available for private business meetings or product launches. There is secure off road parking for up to 50 vehicles. The room is available to community groups and charitable trusts as well as commercial organizations.
Whilst located in a busy and vibrant climbing centre, our meeting room is a quiet and private area, giving you the perfect location for a dynamic and stimulating event.
Along with the standard provision of a whiteboard, flipchart and pens, the meeting room also boasts free Wi-Fi Internet access, allowing you to make the best use of your laptop or tablet for your event.
With tea and coffee served on arrival, and at regular intervals throughout the day, as well as an excellent buffet lunch provided by our on-site caterers at the Picnic Café, you will find that Reading Climbing Centre provides a unique and memorable venue for your business meeting.
Reading Climbing Centre’s meeting room is situated within minutes of the M4, A329(M) and A33, within easy reach of Reading centre. We are also a 10 minute taxi ride from Reading railway station.