Free Parking in Bowness on Windermere

Free Parking in Windermere

If you are in the Lake District, you will likely be on holiday or visiting for a long weekend, so finding a free parking spot can save you a lot of money compared to public car parks.

Bowness-on-Windermere is a very popular tourist area so finding free parking is going to be hard, however if you are happy with a 10 minute stroll, there are free parking spots in Windermere without restrictions.

7 places to park for free in Windermere 2024

Bowness on Windermere is one of the most visited towns in the Lake District – if not the most visited. The stunning cobbled streets and lakeside promenade make it the perfect place for tourists from all over the world to relax and take in the views.

As you head closer to Lake Windermere, the crowds become heavier and you will notice it’s harder to navigate by car.

Whilst there are car parks located close to the edge of the lake, these do cost and if you’re planning on staying for the full day, or even longer, this can soon add up.

It would be assumed that you are looking to save money on parking in Windermere rather than looking for the most convenient parking spot. I often use Lake Road as it’s incredibly easy to access from the main routes in and out of Windermere, so you don’t need to battle with the busy streets close to the lake itself.

The walk to Bowness on Windermere takes around 15-20 minutes and the walk to Windermere should take between 5-10 minutes.

The following streets offer un-restricted FREE parking spots in Bowness on Windermere:

Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower)
Beresford Road
Thornbarrow Road
Prince’s Road
Craig Walk
Claife Avenue (For Windermere)

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

What to know about parking free in Windermere

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 Windermere, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days whilst you enjoy your holiday. Lots of hotels or B&B’s have limited parking spaces so find a free parking spot before you set off.

Free Parking near Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is one of the most popular spots in the Lake District and is around a 20 minute walk from the following streets: Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower), Beresford Road and Craig Walk.

Free Car Parks in Windermere

Council car parks in Windermere are chargeable between 8am and 8pm, so free parking is available in council car parks outside of these hours.

Car ParkAddressSpacesCharge PointsPayment Options
Broad Street Car ParkWindermere, LA23 2AB94NoPhone, Cash, Card
Rayrigg Meadow Car ParkWindermere, LA23 1BP45NoPhone
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Motorhome parking in Bowness on Windermere

Motorhome parking is available at Braithwaite Fold Car Park in Bowness on Windermere for a cost of £10.

You may occupy your motorhome during these hours, but when the car park opens, you are requested to move elsewhere.

Coach parking in Windermere

There are several coach drop-off only points as well as a coach park in Windermere, including Rectory Road (free if using Lakes Cruises), Bowness Pier (drop-off), Glebe Road (drop-off), Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre.

Overnight parking in Windermere

If you are staying for the night in a hotel or visiting friends, you can use Rayrigg Road Car Park between 8pm and 8am or any of our recommended free parking spots, including Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower), Beresford Road and Craig Walk..

Free disabled parking in Windermere

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can take advantage of 1 hour of free parking when purchasing a parking ticket.

You must display your Blue Badge and clock in order to comply with the regulations. This is available at both Broad Street Car Park and Rayrigg Meadow Car Park.

Residential parking in Windermere

Residential parking permits are available and there are different ones available depending on your requirements.

You will need to provide proof of residence as well as forms of identification and a utility bill in order to apply for a residents parking permit.

About Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria

Bowness on Windermere is a hidden gem in the Lake District, with plenty of cafes, gift shops and attractions to visit, including The World of Beatrix Potter and the Windermere Lake Cruises.

For those who want to see more of the Lake District, we recommend the High Adventure day trip.

If you are using Bownes on Windermere as a focal point for your staycation, you may want to leave your car and travel by bike, boat or foot.

Lake Windermere

Paying for expensive car parking will leave you will less to enjoy on your trip.

Whilst there are plenty of public car parks in Bowness on Windermere, you can grab a free parking spot by looking slightly further out (around 1/2 mile). 

You can also visit other areas of the Lake District from Windermere, including Grasmere, Ambleside and Keswick.

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 Windermere:

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