Free Parking in Bedford, UK

It can be difficult to park in the centre of Bedford, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area. You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of free parking spots without restrictions in and around Bedford.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Bedford
  • Where to park for free in Bedford
  • Cheap parking options in Bedford
  • Free parking near Bedford Hospital
  • Free parking near Bedford Train Station
  • Free council car parks
  • Free on-street parking in Bedford
  • Bedford park and ride sites
  • Free overnight parking in Bedford
  • Disabled parking in Bedford
  • Free motorcycle parking in Bedford
  • Residents parking in Bedford
  • About Bedford

What to know about parking free in Bedford

When parking, please be considerate of others:

  • Ensure you don’t block any driveways
  • Tuck your car as close to the kerb as possible.
  • Don’t double park as you may be parked on a bus route

Here are our list of available free parking in Bedford, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days.

Where to Park for Free in Bedford, UK

You can park for free in Bedford on the following streets near to the town centre:

North of Bedford:

  • Salisbury Street
  • Park Road North
  • Turner Way
  • Gainsborough Rise

West of Bedford:

  • Marlborough Road
  • Cutcliffe Grove
  • Westfield Road

East of Bedford:

  • Rosamond Road
  • Denmark Street
  • George Street

South of Bedford:

  • Melbourne Street
  • Redwood Grove

Free Parking near Bedford Hospital

Bedford Hospital does have its own car park, but you can expect to pay higher parking charges. If you are visiting Bedford Hospital, you can expect to pay around £4.50 to park, so we recommend using one of these free parking spots and making the short walk:

  • Melbourne Street
  • Redwood Grove
  • Marlborough Road
  • Cutcliffe Grove
  • Westfield Road

Free Parking near Bedford Train Station

There is a car park located at Bedford Train Station, but you can expect a daily charge of around £9.20, which can make commuting quite expensive.

Use one of the recommended free parking spots when using Bedford Train Station:

  • Marlborough Road
  • Cutcliffe Grove
  • Westfield Road

Cheap Parking in Bedford

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Bedford from just £4 per day and these spaces are available to book in advance.

Free Car Parks in Bedford

You can park for free in Bedford on Sunday’s, 2 hours on Saturday and after 6pm daily at the following car parks:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Allhallows multi-storey car parkMK40 1LX430All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
Lurke Street multi-storey car parkMK40 3HZ790All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
Queen Street multi-storey car parkMK40 2HA634All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
River Street multi-storey car parkMK40 1UH465All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
Duckmill Lane surface car parkMK42 0AU11All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
Greyfriars surface car parkMK40 1JD143All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm
St Peter’s Street surface car parkMK40 3NG110All day Sunday, 2 hours on Saturdays and after 6pm

Free on-street parking in Bedford

If you would rather park in one of the on-street parking bays in Bedford, you can park for free in all zones between 6pm and 8am. Specific zone information can be found here.

These parking zones are central to Bedford town centre so ideal if you are heading out shopping or for a meal.

Park and ride sites in Bedford

Park and ride is a great way to travel into Bedford without having to battle through traffic. It’s also a much cheaper option than paying car parking charges. There’s one park and ride site in Beford, with free parking and low cost bus travel:

Park and Ride SiteAddress
Elstow Park and RideMK42 9XF

Free overnight parking in Bedford

If you are visiting Bedford during the evening either to catch a movie or to enjoy a meal, you can park for free between 6pm and 8am at council run car parks in Bedford:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Allhallows multi-storey car parkMK40 1LX4306pm – 8am
Lurke Street multi-storey car parkMK40 3HZ7906pm – 8am
Queen Street multi-storey car parkMK40 2HA6346pm – 8am
River Street multi-storey car parkMK40 1UH4656pm – 8am
Duckmill Lane surface car parkMK42 0AU116pm – 8am
Greyfriars surface car parkMK40 1JD1436pm – 8am
St Peter’s Street surface car parkMK40 3NG1106pm – 8am

Alternatively, if you don’t want to be watching the clock, you can use one of our recommended free parking spots.

Free disabled parking in Bedford

If you have a Blue Badge, you can park for free in the following car parks in Bedford for any period of time:

Car ParkAddress
Allhallows multi-storey car parkMK40 1LX
Lurke Street multi-storey car parkMK40 3HZ
Queen Street multi-storey car parkMK40 2HA
River Street multi-storey car parkMK40 1UH
Duckmill Lane surface car parkMK42 0AU
Greyfriars surface car parkMK40 1JD
St Peter’s Street surface car parkMK40 3NG

Free motorcycle parking in Bedford

Motorcycle parking is free of charge and without time limit at any council owned car park or on-street pay-and-display parking bay in Bedford. The only caveat is that you park perpendicular to the kerb subsequently using minimal parking space.

Residential parking in Bedford

If you are a resident in Bedford where permits are required, you can apply for a residents parking permit.

Cost for the first vehicle is £25, the second £73 and third is £94. Each change to a permit will incur a charge of £5.

In order to apply, you will need to prove you are a resident, so will be required to provide proof of address and proof of vehicle.

About Bedford, UK

Bedford has plenty to offer for both families and those living locally.

There’s Bedford Park if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some green space. In the park you’ll find a duck pond, a pavilion and a fountain as well as plenty of space to enjoy a picnic or walk the dog.

If you want to experience some heritage, you can visit the Panacea Museum where you’ll go back in time and see what life used to be like.