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.

What you can find in this guide

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

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.

Click on the maps below and the location will open in Google Maps.

Where to Park for free in Windermere

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

  • Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower)
  • Beresford Road
  • Thornbarrow Road
  • Queen’s Drive
  • Prince’s Road
  • Craig Walk
  • Claife Avenue (For Windermere)
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Lake Road, 0.7 Miles

Lake Road runs right into Bowness on Windermere and there is ample free parking at the top of the road itself, just where the road splits into New Road near the Baddeley Clock Tower.

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Claife Avenue, 0.5 Miles

For Windermere, use Claife Avenue as its just a 10 minute walk from Windermere itself.

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 free parking spots:

  • Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower)
  • Beresford Road
  • Craig Walk

Free Car Parks in Windermere

Council car parks in Windermere are only open between 8am and 8pm, so no free parking is available in council car parks.

Not quite free, but Rayrigg Meadow and Broad Street car parks offer an early bird offer –  arrive before 9am and pay £1 for all day (in Early Bird zone only).

Car ParkAddressSpacesCharge PointsPayment Options
Broad Street Car ParkWindermere, LA23 2AB94NoPhone, Cash, Card
Rayrigg Meadow Car ParkWindermere, LA23 1BP45NoPhone

Cheap Parking in Bowness on Windermere

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 Windermere for as little as £3 per day, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

Motorhome parking in Bowness on Windermere

Motorhome parking is available in all National Park car parks including Brockhole on Windermere, where overnight parking is permitted. You must not occupy the vehicle during these times to adhere to local bylaws. 

Coach parking in Windermere

There are several coach drop-off only points as well as a coach park in Windermere:

  • 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 any of our recommended free parking spots overnight:

  • Lake Road (near Baddeley Clock Tower)
  • Beresford Road
  • Craig Walk

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.

Things To Do in Windermere, UK

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. 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: