Offering extreme outside abseils of 400 feet, the National Abseil Centre is the tallest permanent abseil tower in the world. Located in Northampton, this unique venue is easily accessible by rail and road.
Individuals or smaller groups can book their abseils from this page with a credit card, debit card or Paypal account. Before you book, please make sure you have read the FAQs (below) and the Terms and Conditions before booking. These are available as a link from the booking form on the right hand side of this page.
Gift vouchers are also available and can be booked in the same way (just choose "Gift Voucher" from the bottom of the list of dates). Follow your booking up with an email containing the address it is to be sent to, along with a personalised message, and we'll pop the voucher in the post.
Charities looking to host their own day with a maximum of 50 people should get in touch by phone or email.
If you are raising money for a charity, please get in touch with them directly for assistance with fundraising.
Directions to the site can be found here. And please have a look at our Facebook page - it has a lot of photos and videos so you can see what you'll be getting into.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: £95 per head
Q: What about photos?
A: Photos are £15 for a pair (printed and emailed) taken from the top as you go over. See our Facebook page for examples. We also sell Extreme Abseil tee-shirts. Both items are completely optional obviously.
Q: Is there a minimum age?
A: Yes - 14. You will need signed parental consent if you are younger than 18. There is no maximum age and the current record is
79 89 years old.
Q: Are there weight limits?
A: Yes - there is an upper limit of 136kg (21st 5lb). There is no minimum weight.
Q: Where is the National Abseil Centre?
A: At the National Lift Tower in Northampton. Directions can be found here.
Q: What happens in the event of bad weather?
A: For outside abseils this is a weather dependent activity and in the event of high winds we may have to move the activity indoors. Abseiling on the inside is not dependent on the weather but unfortunately are not able to accommodate spectators.
Q: How fit do I need to be to abseil?
A: This is an extreme abseil and is hard work!! You don't need to be an Olympic athlete, but a reasonable level of fitness will make it a lot easier and more fun. Please give us a ring if you have any concerns about this.
Q: Do I need to have abseiled before?
A: No - we'll give you all the instruction you need on the day.
Q: What are the risks?
A: On the outside of the building, there is a small risk that if the wind picks up while you are abseiling you could be blown away from the building and hit it on the way back in, possibly resulting in bruising and other injuries.
Q: Can I bring spectators?
A: Spectators are welcome to come and support abseilers on the outside. Unfortunately we are unable to allow spectators inside the buiding to watch internal abseils.
Q: Can I pick a time to abseil?
A: Arrival times are normally sent out about 3 weeks before the event when we know what groups and individuals we have coming and can allocate times appropriately. If you have a preference for a specific time, please get in touch before booking so we can see what we can do.
Q: How long does it take?
A: Barring delays, which are sometimes inevitable, you can expect to be here for about an hour in total. The abseil itself takes anywhere between 8 and 20 minutes depending on the individual.