Free Parking in Bournemouth, UK

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.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Bournemouth
  • Where to park for free in Bournemouth
  • Free Parking near Bournemouth Beach
  • Cheap parking options in Bournemouth
  • Free council car parks
  • Motorhome parking in Bournemouth
  • Coach parking in Bournemouth
  • Residents parking in Bournemouth
  • About Bournemouth

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

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

Where to Park for Free in Bournemouth, UK

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

  • Dean Park Road
  • Benellen Avenue
  • Walsford Road

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. Here’s where you can park for free in Bournemouth:

  • Dean Park Road
  • Benellen Avenue
  • Walsford Road

Free car parks in Bournemouth

Unfortunately there are no free car parks in Bournemouth so if you want a secure car park, you will have to pay their charges. The closest car parks to the seafront are:

  • BIC Car Park
  • Central Car Park
  • Exeter Road Car Park
  • Terrace Road Car Park

Cheap Parking in Bournemouth

Whilst there are plenty of free parking options, you may feel more comfortable parking somewhere with added security, especially if you are leaving your car for a longer period of time. Luckily, there are other options, such as booking private car parking spaces in and around Bournemouth, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

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 in the following car parks:

  • Kings Park Car Park
  • Queens Road Car Park

You can expect to pay around £4 for 4 hours of parking here, unfortunately, coach parking is not free. 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: