Free Parking in Bradford

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If you are visiting Bradford, you can park for free near to the city centre without restrictions.

Whether you are visiting with the family or you are heading out for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, parking for free is stress free and convenient.

6 places to park for free in Bradford 2024

Bradford is a busy city when it comes to driving around – with a plethora of one way systems and traffic restrictions, not to mention the recently introduced Clean Air Zone, the council don’t make it easy for you to get about.

Whilst parking is actually relatively low cost in Bradford, it is the stress of driving in the city centre that most people are looking to avoid.

Whether you are enjoying a show at the Alhambra Theatre or just a spot of retail therapy, there’s plenty of free parking spots in Bradford so you can avoid driving in the city centre.

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

Preston Street
Norcroft Street
Listerhills Road (outside parking bays)
Smith Street
Longside Lane
Paradise Street

What to know about parking free in Bradford

When parking, please take into consideration:

  • Be considerate – most free parking is on residential streets, so do not block driveways or exit routes
  • If you are parking for an event, give yourself plenty of time to get there as spaces will fill up quickly.

Free car parks in Bradford

You can park for free in Bradford all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays at the following public car parks:

Car ParkFree Parking
Pine Street Car ParkSundays and Bank Holidays
Westgate Car Park3pm – 7am and Bank Holidays
Wigan Street Car Park6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Free street parking in Bradford

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You can park for free in Bradford at on-street parking bays on Sundays and from 6pm (some locations are 8pm onwards). These locations are all close to the city centre and include:

On Street Parking AreaFree Parking
Edward Street6pm – 8am and Sundays
Snowden Street6pm – 8am and Sundays
Thornton Road6pm – 8am and Sundays

Overnight parking in Bradford

You can park for free in Bradford from 6pm on an evening (some locations are from 6pm, 8pm or midnight) at on-street parking locations near to the city centre. These areas include:

On Street Parking AreaFree Parking
City Centre12am – 8am
Canal Road, Mill Street, Bolton Road12am – 8am
Edward Street6pm – 8am
Filey Street6pm – 8am
Snowden Street6pm – 8am
Thornton Road6pm – 8am
Little Germany8pm – 8am

Free disabled parking in Bradford

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can park for free in Bradford at limited wait time bays, disabled parking bays, council run car parks and single or double yellow lines, providing you do not cause an obstruction.

If you’re unsure, you can check the restrictions before you arrive.

Car Park
Burnett Street Car Park
Central Library Car Park
Crown Court Car Park
Jacob’s Well Car Park
Radwell Drive Car Park
Raphael House Car Park
Rawson Road Car Park
Sharpe Street Car Park
Simes Street Car Park
Pine Street Car Park
St Thomas Road Car Park
Vicar Lane Car Park
Westgate Car Park
Wigan Street Car Park
On Street Parking Area
City Centre
Canal Road, Mill Street, Bolton Road
Edward Street
Filey Street
Snowden Street
Thornton Road
Little Germany

Free motorcycle parking in Bradford

Motorcycles can park free of charge in Bradford at council run car parks, providing they are parked in designated motorcycle bays.

These car parks include:

Car ParkMotorcycle Bays
Crown Court Car Park5
Central Library Car Park1
Westgate Car Park4

Motorcycles can also park free of charge at pay and display on-street parking bays across the city, but must park square on at the end of the bay.

On Street Parking Area
City Centre
Canal Road, Mill Street, Bolton Road
Edward Street
Filey Street
Snowden Street
Thornton Road
Little Germany

Permit parking in Bradford

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If you are a resident of a parking zone in Bradford or you need to arrange a business permit, you can apply online quickly and easily.

In order to apply for a permit, you will need proof eligibility.

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 Bradford:

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