Free Parking in Bournemouth

Free Parking in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is one of the South Coast’s most visited towns and free parking in Bournemouth without restrictions can be hard to come by, but we’ve found some free parking spots in and around Bournemouth for you so you can save money and instead, spend it in the local shops and attractions.

3 places to park for free in Bournemouth 2024

Bournemouth being a popular places to visit during the summer if you are looking to spend the day on the beach, means that traffic can build up in the town as visitors flock.

If you’re here looking for free parking in Bournemouth, you are probably looking for the cheapest option rather than the option closest to the beach.

Parking that is the most convenient option is often the most expensive, so finding a free parking spot in Bournemouth means you are likely going to have to walk a little further than you would when using a council car park.

The following streets offer un-restricted FREE parking spots in Bournemouth:

Dean Park Road
Benellen Avenue
Walsford Road

You should always check for any newly installed restriction signs before leaving your car.

What to know about parking free in Bournemouth

When parking, please be considerate of others:

  • Ensure you leave entrances clear
  • Park your car as close to the kerb as possible.
  • Don’t double park as you may be parked on a bus route

Free Parking near Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach is one of the most popular visitor spots in the seaside town, so parking is going to be difficult, however, you can park for free on Dean Park Road, Benellen Avenue and Walsford Road.

Free car parks in Bournemouth

You can park for free in Bournemouth between 10pm and 8am at the following car parks close to the seafront:

Car ParkPostcodeFree Parking
Western Road Car ParkBH13 7BA10pm – 8am
Durley Chine Car ParkBH2 5JG10pm – 8am
Branksome Dene Chine Car ParkBH13 6JP10pm – 8am

Cheapest all-day parking in Bournemouth

We found the cheapest car park in Bournemouth to be Russell Court Hotel car park, which you can book even if you are not a customer – but it must be pre-booked.

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

Cheapest monthly parking in Bournemouth

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Bournemouth to be Russell Court Hotel car park, which costs £80 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 you must pre-book.

Motorhome parking in Bournemouth

Motorhomes are permitted to park at both Kings Car Park and Queens Road in Bournemouth.

No overnight camping is allowed so you will need to find local accommodation (use our handy hotel finder below).

Coach parking in Bournemouth

Coach parking in Bournemouth is available at Highcliffe Cliff Top Car Park (free for PSV licenced coaches), Kings Park Car Park and Queens Road Car Park.

You can expect to pay around £4 for 4 hours of parking here, unfortunately, coach parking is not free as charges apply 24 hours a day.

If you’d rather drop-off your passengers and park further afield, there are a number of coach drop-off points in the town:

  • Westover Road (BH1 2BU) – located near popular attractions including the famous pier. You are limited to 15 minutes for drop-off
  • Wimborne Road – Maximum stay here is 1 hour
  • College Road (Near Woodland Avenue) – Unrestricted time

Residential parking in Bournemouth

If you are a resident in Bournemouth and live in an area where there is restricted parking, you can apply for a residents parking permit.

Prices start from £50 per annum, but prices depend on your zone. You will need your vehicle details in order to apply for a permit or renew an expired one.

About Bournemouth, UK

Bournemouth is a true gem of the South Coast, with miles of beautiful coastline, stunning gardens and plenty of family attractions.


Alum Chine has an award winning tropical park with plenty of greenery and seating to enjoy some serenity, particularly enjoyable in the Summer months.

Bournemouth is dedicated to preserving their green space, with over 1,000 hectares of gardens and parks to enjoy.


One of the most popular attractions is the fantastic Bournemouth pier, offering spectacular views out to sea and across the coast.

There’s plenty of family fun to be had in Bournemouth, with a host of arcades, indoor adventures and of course miles of sandy beach to enjoy.


For those who want to enjoy some retail therapy, there are a range of shops making up Bournemouth’s town centre, from big high street names to small independent boutiques.

During the Christmas period, the council often offers free parking to shoppers visiting Bournemouth.

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 Bournemouth:

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