Top 5 best places for rock climbing in Dublin, RANKED

No matter your level of experience, there are plenty of places to go rock climbing in Dublin. These are the top five!

The popularity of outdoor rock climbing has led to an increase in indoor gyms and centres offering the likes of ‘bouldering’ (without a rope or harness), ‘top-rope’ climbing, and ‘lead’ climbing.

Each of these facilities offers numerous routes that cater to all ages and abilities, alongside qualified staff on hand to provide help and advice.

With various circuits covering a range of difficulties, experienced staff, and a friendly atmosphere all on offer, it is no wonder that this leisure activity is proving so popular across Ireland.

Here are the five best places for rock climbing in Dublin. Note that some of these places may be closed to to the pandemic but if all fails, you can always try to build your own climbing gym own at home!

5. University College Dublin Sports Centre – great for those on a budget

Don't look down when climbing these climbing walls.

Starting off our list of places to go rock climbing and bouldering in Dublin is the Sports Centre at University College Dublin: a climbing gym offering visitors a wide variety to choose from, including a thirty-degree overhanging lead section, forty-degree overhanging and slab boulder sections, plus multiple top ropes.

At 30ms tall, the gym boasts sixty routes, a third splinter, and a multi-faced bouldering extension.

One of the best climbing gyms in and around Dublin, the UCD sports centre hosts regular courses for adults and juveniles (with memberships to suit all budgets), plus a summer camp and ‘Gecko Club’ both designed for younger climbers.

Cost: differs depending upon age range/membership status

More info: HERE

Address: UCD Sports Centre, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

4. The Wall Climbing Gym – great for all ages and abilities

Stretch your arms by rock climbing in Dublin, specifically in The Wall Climbing Gym.

This gym offers ten circuits – all of which cater to beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers – alongside weights, campus boards, fingerboards, training areas, and a Stõkt training board.

The routes available include those for both kids and adults alike, and starter sessions for beginners are also available.

Plus, with coffee, tea, snacks, and Wi-Fi to keep you refreshed and entertained during your rest periods, it isn’t any wonder that The Wall Climbing Gym makes our list as one of the five best places for rock climbing in Dublin.

Cost: differs depending upon age range/time of season/membership status

More info: HERE

Address: 5 Arkle Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18, D18 DK29, Ireland

3. Dublin Climbing Centre – home of the National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme

Dublin Climbing Centre is another of the top places for rock climbing in Dublin.

One of the best places for rock climbing in Dublin, this centre offers a range of facilities, including a training room, coffee shop, over 1,000 square metres of lead and top-rope, plus 130-square-metres of bouldering with friction coated surfaces.

With climbing courses to suit all (these can be booked in advance), the centre also runs structured weekly programmes for schools and groups (pre-arranged).

It offers the ‘National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme’ (NICAS) teaching programme for juniors aged 7-17.

Cost: differs depending upon age range/time of season/membership status

More info: HERE

AddressThe Square Industrial Complex, Belgard Square E, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland

2. Gravity Climbing Centre – dubbed ‘Ireland’s best bouldering wall’

Gravity Climbing Centre is another of the top places for rock climbing in Dublin.

With sessions tailored to suit your needs, Gravity Climbing Centre is the perfect spot to go bouldering in Dublin.

Whether with friends or family, on a group session, or by yourself, climbers will enjoy a fun yet intense work-out on one of its numerous walls.

Having learned the basics from the qualified on-site coaches, you can then test your stamina on the 4.5m high wall with its colour-coded boulders of varying circuit difficulties.

Cost: differs depending upon age range/time of season/membership status

More info: HERE

Address: Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, 6a, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Ireland

1. Awesome Walls Climbing Centre Dublin – the largest climbing wall in Ireland

If you're looking for rock climbing in Dublin, be sure to check out the Awesome Walls Climbing Centre.

One of the biggest indoor climbing centres in Europe, this popular attraction offers over 2,000 square metres of climbing surface, 1,000 square metres of bouldering, 18m lead walls, and around two hundred and fifty different climbing routes.

Whether in search of the adrenaline rush of attempting something different and new or perhaps looking to up your fitness, the Awesome Walls Climbing Centre is the ideal place for both beginners and those with prior experience alike to try their hand at rock climbing and bouldering in Dublin.

Cost: differs depending upon age range/time of season/membership status

More info: HERE

Address: North Park, North Rd, Kildonan, Dublin 11, Ireland

And that concludes our list of the five best places for rock climbing in Dublin, some of the best in all of Ireland. Did any of them pique your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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