Quay Climbing Centre

Haven Road, Haven Banks, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8AX

Tel: 01392 426850

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Quay Climbing Centre


Enjoy climbing with your family or friends at the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The Quay Climbing Centre is located in the heart of Exeter’s Quayside in the Old Electricity Building. The building formerly house the generators powering Exeter’s tram network and is now provides a majestic arena in which to climb.

The Quay is the perfect all weather destination, whether you are a committed outdoor sports enthusiast seeking shelter from inclement weather or simply seeking something different to do in the city. It is within walking distance of the city centre and quayside.

We run taster sessions for beginners and novices – they are a great way to have a go at climbing. Our instructors will guide you through the basics of climbing in our dedicated instruction zone – they will soon have you scaling your first wall. We run group sessions for larger groups as well as birthday parties - the perfect fun packed celebration.

For committed climbers we offer routes for all levels on our top roped and lead walls which range from 7 to 14 metres high. For those seeking the ultimate challenge bring your 50 metre rope – you will need it on the lead wall! If high walls are not for you, have a go at bouldering where you can climb without ropes on much lower walls. With two boulder caves, we have challenges for those who just want to give it a go and those who can’t stay away from the rock.

The Workshop Cafe overlooks the climbing arena and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of the action. We serve a range of hot and cold drinks, cakes and a daily menu of specials including Chef Paul’s famous burgers, pies, panini’s, wraps and a selection of hot food during the winter months.

We also offer outdoor courses for climbers wanting to make the most of sunny days and the fabulous locations offered on Dartmoor and local crags. Outdoor tasters are great fun for all the family – half day climbing and bouldering sessions start from as little as £37.50 per person. We offer a range of courses for all levels of climber, including rope work sessions and guided days for those looking to challenge themselves further.

Check online for details of special events, holiday sessions and competitions that run throughout the year or for more information on courses and taster sessions.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Induction Courses£30.00 per ticket
Taster Sessions, 1 hour£12.50 per person per hour

2016 Guide Prices
Guide Prices

Taster Session - £12.50 for a one hour taster session with one of our qualified instructors. Tasters are a great way to have a go at climbing under the supervision of our instructors. You will have a chance to climb plenty of routes and anyone aged 7 and upwards can take part. The price includes all safety equipment - just wear comfortable trainers or shoes to climb in.

Induction Courses - £30 for two one hour induction sessions designed to teach you everything you need to know to climb in the centre. Suitable for anyone age 18 and upwards. The price includes all safety equipment and centre registration, plus a package of discount vouchers from the Quay and our partner, Taunton Leisure

Registered climbers can use the centre for as little as £6.00 (daytime/off peak rate) or £8.00 during the evenings and weekends.

We now offer outdoor climbing sessions on Dartmoor. Come and try climbing or bouldering on the moor. Outdoor days are suitable for anyone aged 7 and above. Prices start from £37.50 for a half day introduction to outdoor bouldering and climbing.

A full price list for climbing, courses and gear hire is available on our website.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • 1770furbs
      Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Part one day out in Exeter
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 8th November 2018
      2 grandparents, 2 twenty somethings and 1 grandson (aged 5) turned up to a clip and climb session. After the initial instructions and a quick safety video we were let loose in the clip and climb... Read full review
    • J4980BVvaleriam
      Trip Type:
      Great experience!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th November 2018
      We felt most welcome and received a great 1 hour taster session. The instructions we received from Jack were clear, precise, considerate. All the way through we felt safe, confident and curious. We... Read full review
    • Simon D
      Trip Type:
      Great Fun
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 13th February 2019
      I went with my wife and Dad (aged 70), we all had a fantastic time. We went on an hours introduction course. The coach was very friendly and helpful and we always felt like we were in safe hands. Read full review


    Road Directions

    By Car
    The centre is within easy distance of the M5 (junctions 30 or 31) and the A377.
    The centre is located in the Haven Banks part of the city. Follow the A377 over the River Exe and take the 2nd exit for Alphington Street. Turn left into Haven Road. The centre is located on Haven Road, directly opposite the Piazza Terracina. Drive past the centre and take the first right where you will see the Haven Banks Public Car Park on your right, or continue another 100 metres to find the second Haven Banks car park. These are long stay car parks with space for over 300 cars. If you reach Maritime Court you have gone too far. There is additional parking at the Cathedral and Quay Car Park located on Western Way and Lower Coomber Street (post code EX1 1DD - approx a 1km walk from the centre). This is a medium stay, pay and display car park with spaces for over 400 cars. To walk to the centre, follow the signed walking route to the Quay. Once on the quayside, turn right along the river and walk over Cricklepit Bridge, turn left and walk along the river path until you reach the Piazza Terracina. Walk across the Piazza towards Haven Road. You will see the centre directly in front of you.

    Public Transport Directions

    By Bus
    The centre is close to the Matford Park and Ride. Bus Route B (Marsh Barton) stops at Alphington Road, close to the centre. A PDF bus route map is available on our website.

    By Train
    The nearest train station is St Thomas Station which is approximately half a mile from the centre on foot.


    Children & Infants

    • Facilities for children

    Establishment Features

    • Open All Year
    • Tea / Coffee Shop
    • Toilets

    Key Features

    • In town/city centre - Exeter Quayside
    • Indoor Attraction

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge) - Nearby public car park

    Payment Methods

    • Booking essential

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun

    Opening Times

    Quay Climbing Centre (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    Monday - Friday10:00 - 22:00*
    Saturday - Sunday12:15 - 20:00*

    * Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm
    Saturday and Sunday 12.15pm to 8pm during term time; 10am to 8pm during school holidays

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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