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The Climbing Academy

Belvedere House Charlton Street | Lawrence Hill, Bristol BS5 0FD, England
+44 117 907 2956
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Bouldering evening out

Great local bouldering centre. Can get busy, but that's an indication of how good it is. It's got... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Mr J
via mobile
Inattentive staff, unclear grading system, lots of routes.

On arrival, my girlfriend and I asked about concessions. I asked if they offered a military... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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The Climbing Academy is Bristol's purpose built bouldering facility! Bouldering is a branch of rock climbing, performed at low level, usually above crash mats, and without the hindrance of equipment normally associated with climbing. This allows the participant to fully focus on the techniques and movements and makes it easier for those wishing to climb to gain a safe entry into the activity. We make getting started easy. All you need to do is to come on down, watch our 10 minute safety video and you're climbing. You can then progress through classes and coaching or just by teaching yourself. Kids can get started through Boulder Club, starting with a Taster session (which adults can attend too) and then working up through Levels 1-5 bouldering awards. If you want to climb with your families then the family inductions session is for you. Please see TCA web site for more information and contact details.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Belvedere House Charlton Street | Lawrence Hill, Bristol BS5 0FD, England
+44 117 907 2956
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Great local bouldering centre. Can get busy, but that's an indication of how good it is. It's got all you need no matter your level and good coffee too. Plenty of parking nearby.

Thank Mr J
Reviewed 16 January 2017

On arrival, my girlfriend and I asked about concessions. I asked if they offered a military discount which was met with an expression of confusion and almost disgust. Once she had stopped turning her nose up, she just said "no", turned to my girlfriend, sniggered...More

Thank Matt_Cdo
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a great center for climbers of all abilities. We had a great day learnt loads and really enjoyed the friendly relaxed vibe.

1  Thank IanBarneyBarnes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

TCA is the mothership of bouldering in Bristol and the southwest. They have a brilliant variety of routes which are all fantastically mapped out and even show you which are the higher/lower in the range. The routes are updated and changed regularly so every other...More

Thank OriginalNathan
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Plenty of interesting and varied routes for toddlers and beginners - even "ladies routes" for that balancy touch (it's not all about biceps you know!). Good bouldering, nice staff, nice caf, and friendly regulars (in a clean and safe environment). Well done TCA.

Thank Ellen H
Richard E, Owner at The Climbing Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2016

HI Helen, glad you enjoyed it, hope you can get down again.

Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

We visited on Saturday afternoon and not being a regular i didn't know the opening times. The staff were very unfriendly and didn't think to mention to a new customer that they would be closing within an hour. When I challenged the staff about it...More

Thank Sonia M
Rosa S, Owner at The Climbing Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

Hi there, I'm really sorry to hear about your experience at TCA. We're confident that our staff are always positive and friendly and that you experience was very unusual. Please can you contact me on rich@theclimbingacademy.com so that I can understand more about what happened....More

Reviewed 25 May 2015 via mobile

After reading the previous reviews I was excited to visit the climbing academy. Although the climbing is vast and varied our whole experience was ruined by a very unfriendly member of staff who made us feel entirely unwelcome from the word go. He was extremely...More

3  Thank alex t
Reviewed 4 March 2015

TCA has a great atmosphere, the bouldering there is varied and interesting! Not only this but it is the climbing community surrounding it that really makes it special. From competitions to parties and raising awareness of paraclimbing you really do experience the true spirit of...More

Thank Cristina B
Reviewed 31 January 2015 via mobile

A bit since I've been but this is a great place with friendly people. Constantly changing routes makes it interesting best place to climb in Bristol

Thank Jacob M
Reviewed 1 January 2015

Quality setting, good atmosphere, friendly staff. From beginner to advanced climber this centre can cater to all.

Thank Vanessa99999999
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