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Welcome to The Climbing Academy

Our passion for climbing has inspired us to develop climbing walls that enable anyone and everyone to access the sport and develop the next generation of climbers.

The Climbing Academy started in Bristol in 2008 when The Mothership opened. We delivered on our vision to build a bouldering wall that would appeal to as many people as possible, giving them the opportunity to take part in what we think is the best sport in the world.

Soon after, we opened The Newsroom in Glasgow – based in an old newspaper printing works – bringing the city its first dedicated bouldering centre. In more recent years we took over Undercover Rock AKA The Church, Bristol’s original roped wall in St Werburghs. In late Autumn 2018, we opened a brand new climbing centre in Glasgow. The Prop Store came to life in an old BBC prop store and offers both bouldering and roped climbing.

In 2022, we opened The Arc in Chippenham. Owned and built by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, the centre is operated by TCA providing an activity hub for the local community.

All of our climbing walls offer the very best in climbing facilities and courses, designed for climbers of all abilities. Our staff are always on-hand to offer advice to help you get the very best out of your experience climbing.

Click ‘locations’ to find your closest wall and discover some of the great sessions we have available. If you are a member of one centre, you are a member of all TCA centres.

TCA is committed to maintaining the very best practices and is a proud member of the Association of British Climbing Walls.
The Association of British Climbing Walls