The Alpine Club is the only national club for Alpinists and is the World's first mountaineering club. For a century and a half its members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. We aim to be the club of choice for all mountaineers. We provide a forum for sharing experiences and information. We welcome all mountaineers.


The AC promotes a code of climbing ethics, which seeks to protect mountains, mountain regions and their people from any harmful impact by climbers. The club is globally recognized as influential on these issues. Your membership will add to the weight of influence that we can bring to bear and allows you a voice.


The club includes, and always has, most of the leading British mountaineers of each generation. It now has members in more than 30 countries worldwide and acts as a focal point for contact with foreign alpine clubs.

The Library

The Library was founded in 1858, in the first year of the Club. In 1972 it was established as a separate charitable trust, managed by trustees appointed by the British Mountaineering Council, the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. Diaries, correspondence, and press cuttings are welcomed as gifts or deposits to the Archives. The Honorary Treasurer of the Library will readily advise on procedure for making bequests and tax-effective covenanted donations.

Available in paper format are a number of 1:50,000 maps of the Indian Himalaya. These are only available for use in the AC Library, but may be copied.

The Club House

The office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. It is closed for Bank Holidays, over Easter and Christmas, and for staff holidays.. The Administrator is also at the Club to assist members until 7pm on evenings when there is a lecture.

Please telephone or email in advance if you wish to visit the Club on a Monday or Friday since the Library is closed and it is helpful for the Club office staff to be aware of your intention to visit, tel. 020 7613 0755; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We regret that staff holidays and sickness can also result in the office being closed, occasionally at short notice, particularly on a Monday or Friday. 

For more information on the Club's location, please see how to Find Us