The centre makes use of the huge atrium space built into one of Exeter’s largest and iconic industrial buildings – formerly the city’s electricity works. The climbing arena is full of space and light. Within the arena we have 85 hangers each with up to 3 lines of climbing making for well over 200 routes to try at any time. There’s a 14.5 metre lead wall, top roped walls from 7 to 11 metres, 5 auto belays for solo climbers and a dedicated novice zone as well as two boulder caves and training room. The Workshop Café offers a daily menu of home cooked food prepared on site by Chef Paul, including his famous pizzas, as well as cakes, coffees and Panini’s for you to enjoy after your climb.
If you’ve never climbed before and want to have a go, our friendly instructors will show you the ropes and have you scaling the wall in no time. Check out our beginner’s page for more information. Our courses page lists all our courses for novices right up experienced climbers. For those that want to head outdoors once the days get longer, we run a range of outdoor courses and sessions. Check out our outdoor page for more information. For younger rock monkeys we run taster sessions, birthday parties and climbing clubs in term time and holidays. You’ll find more information on our young climbers page.
We also use our large space to house other activities that are related to or of benefit to climbing! Clip ‘n Climb Exeter, an exciting themed climbing adventure for everyone aged 4+ is based in the centre, we also have a space used by freelance osteopaths and sports massage therapists, including the team at Quay Kinetics, and we are the HQ for Exeter Riverside’s weekly parkrun. For more information on all the other groups and activities based at the centre please check out our other activities page.
We look forward to seeing you at the centre very soon!
Routes are changed regularly by our in house team led by one of the region’s leading setters, Mikey Cleverdon, together with Gavin Atkins, Neil Empringham and Lainy Budden. We also have regular visits from some of the UK’s leading route setters including Gav Symonds, Yan Gennouf and Mark ‘Zippy’ Pretty.
Find out more about the climbing challenges on: The Quarry, The Buttress, The Big Corner, The Arch, The Pillar, Billy’s Wall and the The Prow and our Auto Belays please look at our climbing page.
Our new Training Room located next to Boulder Cave 2 enables climbers to complete their training programmes in house with two fingerboards, campus boards and pull up bars with lots of toys to strengthen your grip on different types of holds.
Free wifi is available throughout the café – just ask at reception for the password.
Click here for The Workshop Cafe Menu