Free Parking in Bolton

Free Parking in Bolton

If you are looking for free parking in Bolton, we will show you exactly where to park without restrictions when visiting Bolton, whether you want a secure car park, or on-street parking.

13 places to park for free in Bolton 2024

Whether you are heading into the city for a spot of shopping or you are commuting into nearby Manchester, if you need to drive into Bolton city centre, you can save money by finding a free parking spot instead of using council run car parks.

If you were searching for free parking in Bolton, it can be assumed you are looking to save money rather than find the most convenient parking space.

Luckily, there is no shortage of free parking spots in Bolton, it’s just knowing where they are – which is why we have done all the research so you don’t have to.

You can park for free in Bolton on the following streets near to the city centre:

West of Bolton

  • Ruth Street
  • Davenport Street

North of Bolton

  • Cross Street
  • Cable Street
  • Crompton Street
  • Bangor Street

South of Bolton

  • Moncrieffe Street
  • Coe Street
  • Nile Street
  • Cochrane Street

East of Bolton

  • Devon Street
  • Radcliffe Road
  • Elton Street

What to know about parking free in Bolton

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

Cheapest all-day parking in Bolton

We found the cheapest car park in Bolton to be Morrisons, Bolton car park, which can be pre-booked, even if you are not a customer.

You book this car park all day (9am – 5pm) for just £2, so it’s a great option for commuters or those visiting Bolton for the full day.

Cheapest monthly parking in Bolton

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Bolton to be Morrisons, Bolton car park, which costs £45 per month, making it ideal for commuters.

You can use this car park 7 days a week, including overnight, and leave and re-enter the car park as many times as you need to, although this must be pre-booked.

Free car parks in Bolton

You can park for free in Bolton at any of the following car parks which offer un-restricted parking all day:

Car ParkSpacesFree Parking
Back Fletcher Street Car Park20Free all day
Blackburn Road Car Park25Free all day
Bolton Road Car Park53Free all day
Bury New Road Car Park43Free all day
Bury Old Road Car Park5Free all day
Cannon Street Car Park30Free all day
Darley Street Car Park19Free all day
Grecian Street Car Park19Free all day
Latham Street Car Park24Free all day
Penrose Street Car Park31Free all day

Free on-street parking in Bolton

You may prefer to park in on-street bays rather than a car park so you are closer to your location.

Most on-street parking is pay and display but you can park for free at these on-street parking bays in Bolton between 6pm and 8.30am and all day Sunday. Here’s some of the on-street parking locations:

StreetSpacesFree Parking
Bark Street66pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Cheadle Square246pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Church Bank386pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Clive Street206pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Crook Street376pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Dawson Lane116pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Gardside Street226pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Le Mans Crescent566pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Queen Street156pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday
Silverwell Street146pm – 8.30am daily
All day Sunday

Free Parking at Bolton Park & Ride Sites

Bolton is connected to the Greater Manchester transport links where you can take advantage of free parking at any of the railway stations providing you have a valid train ticket.

Prices for an adult train ticket costs around £5.40 for a day return.

Park and Ride SiteAddressSpaces
Horwich Parkway Rail Park and RideBolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6LB259

Overnight parking in Bolton

If you are looking to park your car fo free overnight in Bolton, we recommend using one of the on-street parking locations which are free to park between 6pm and 8.30am. These spaces are at the following locations:

StreetSpacesFree Parking
Bark Street66pm – 8.30am
Cheadle Square246pm – 8.30am
Church Bank386pm – 8.30am
Clive Street206pm – 8.30am
Crook Street376pm – 8.30am
Dawson Lane116pm – 8.30am
Gardside Street226pm – 8.30am
Le Mans Crescent566pm – 8.30am
Queen Street156pm – 8.30am
Silverwell Street146pm – 8.30am

Free disabled parking in Bolton

There are dedicated on-street parking bays in and around Bolton for Blue Badge holders. These include:

Ashburner Street6
Back Mawdsley Street6
Grosvenor Srreet7
Newport Street3
Queen Street3
Victoria Square North9
Victoria Square South8

Free Motorcycle parking in Bolton

Dedicated motorcycle parking is available in Bolton at Victoria Square and South Central Street car park.

You may park your motorcycle free of charge at these locations without any time restrictions.

If you park in any other pay and display location, you will be required to purchase a ticket, either to display on your motorcycle or by using the RingGo parking app.

Residential parking in Bolton

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

You can see whether your street or zone requires a parking permit before you apply.

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 Bolton, UK

Bolton is conveniently located north of Manchester but it really is a hub of it’s own.

With easy access to plenty of green space and countryside, the town is thriving with people looking to visit the vicinity.

For history buffs, there’s a whole host of places to visit to get your juices flowing, including the Smithills Hall, Hall i’ th’ Wood Musuem and Turton Tower to name a few.

If you’d rather get out into the fresh air, you can visit Jumbles Country Park and Moses Gate Country Park, which are ideal for family walks or a quick jog.

Other towns and cities nearby

If you’re visiting the area for a short trip or just looking for things to do nearby, you can explore these towns and cities that are near to Bolton:

About the Author

Hi, my name is Amber and I’m here to help find you suitable free parking in towns and cities across the UK.

When I visit new towns and cities, I always take note of where you can (legally) park for free, whether this be on-street parking bays or council run car parks, which offer free parking during certain hours of the day.

Although I take every effort to ensure this information is up to date and correct, if you notice an issue, please get in touch so I can rectify it for everyone.


Information was last updated on January 8th, 2024