Climbing Wall

Pre-Booking Essential - See Below
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Pre-booking of sessions is essential and must be made by calling reception on 021 490 4751. No walk ins allowed.

All sessions will be 1 hour in duration. 8 maximum per session. 

The Mardyke Arena Climbing Wall offers an exciting challenge for complete beginners through to serious climbers. Our qualified instructors will guide you through the use of all equipment, plus give coaching tips on how to improve your climbing – whether it is your first time or have been climbing for years.


The Mardyke wall

The Bouldering Wall

Bouldering is climbing at its most simple. No ropes – just a series of ‘problems’ starting with easy for beginners, through to intermediate up to seriously testing problems for the experienced climber.

The Vertical Wall

The vertical wall is 25ft in height and has 4 lines of climbing offering a wide variety of styles. With grade from French 5a suitable for beginner’s right though to finger testing 7a’s. This section of the wall is always available for bottom roping.

The Overhang

The Mardyke wall has 9 lines of overhanging climbing to challenge all levels of climbers. Grades on the overhang are in the range from French 5c – 7b (approx).

Opening hours

Monday & Tuesday 15:30 – 21:30
Wednesday – Sunday Closed


Climbing Wall Timeslots 

Monday & Tuesday
15:30 – 16:30
16:30 – 17:30
17:30 – 18:30
18:30 – 19:30
19:30 – 20:30
20:30 – 21:30
  • We provide all equipment – harnesses, helmets, belay devices and carabineers.
  • Chalk bags, chalk balls and finger tape are available for sale at reception.
Booking in:
  • If you’d like to book a session on the wall, phone the Mardyke Arena UCC Recepion on (021) 490 4751 to check availability.
  • If you’d prefer a coaching session with an instructor to improve your technique, or to work on any aspect of your climbing – just ask the receptionist when you book in. You’ll have a one hour session with an instructor doing a mixture of bouldering and roped climbing. Coaching sessions – Max 2 people.
Experienced Climbers

If you are already an experienced climber we will ask you to pass a competency test before you climb.

Climbing Classes Adult – Member €8 / Non-Member €10 Child – Member €6 / Non-Member €8
Coaching Session Adult – Member €10 / Non-Member €15Child – Member €8 / Non-Member €10
Yearly Membership Public € 240
UCC Graduate € 140
UCC Staff € 120

Q. What are the opening hours of the wall?
The wall is open Monday’s & Tuesday’s only from 15:30 – 21:30
Q. I’d like to try climbing what do I do?
If you’re a complete beginner, book in for one of our climbing classes.
Q. Can I book in for a coaching session with an instructor?
Yes, if you would like to work on your technique or improve your climbing in some way ask for a coaching session when you book in. You’ll have an hour with an instructor who’ll be happy to discuss your needs. Max 2 people in a coaching session.
Q. Is there a lower age limit for children?
A. Yes your child must be 5yrs old

Q. What should you wear?
A. Loose comfortable clothing and a pair of runners

Q. Do you supply all the equipment?
A. Yes we provide all the equipment except for climbing shoes

Q. Do I have to be a member of the wall?
A. No, you can pay in for each session

Q. Is there membership available?
A. Yes it is possible to take out a year’s membership

Q. If I am an experienced climber do I need to book in?
A. Yes, all sessions must be booked.

Q. What are the opening hours of the wall?
A. The wall is open Mon – Wed 15:00 – 22:00 & Sat – Sun 10:00 – 18:00