Free Parking in Bristol

Free Parking in Bristol

You will be pleased to know there are options for free parking in Bristol without restrictions and we’re here to show you where you can find them.

4 places to park for free in Bristol 2024

If you’re a regular visitor to Bristol, you will know just how difficult it can be to drive around the city and find an affordable place to park.

I always recommend using one of my recommended free parking spots and walking into Bristol, rather than using a council run car park that comes with hefty charges.

Not only this, driving around Bristol can be a stressful experience due to the levels of traffic around the city.

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

Meriton Street
Albert Crescent
Folly Lane
Days Road

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

What to know about parking free in Bristol

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

Cheapest all-day parking in Bristol

We found the cheapest car park in Bristol to be Bristol Harbourside Car Park, which can be pre-booked, even if you are not a customer.

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

Cheapest monthly parking in Bristol

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Bristol to be Bristol Harbourside Car Park, which costs £175 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.

Free parking near Bristol Harbour

The harbourside area in Bristol is bustling with shops, restaurants and bars, attracting those who want to enjoy a night out or just meet up with friends during the day.

There are some free parking spots near to Bristol Harbour including Meriton Street and Folly Lane, which are around a 30 minute walk away, or you can jump on the bus which will take you there in just 10 minutes:

Free parking near Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most photographed sights in Bristol.

Crossing the river Avon, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a great day out for all the family who want to learn more about the structure and take some great photos of the views over Bristol.

You can park for free near to Clifton Suspension Bridge on Bannerleigh Road, Bridge Road, Clifton Park Road (weekends only) and Percival Road (weekends only).

Free council car parks in Bristol

You can park for free in Bristol at Little Paradise Car Park (BS3 4NE) on a weekend which offers 4 hours FREE parking.

Parking is also free between 5pm and 9am, so you can park in Little Paradise Car Park on an evening, without having to rush back to your car.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingCharge Points
Little Paradise Car ParkLittle Paradise, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4NJ49Weekends (4 hours free)No

Free Parking at Bristol Park & Ride Sites

There are four park and ride sites around Bristol, all easily accessible from whichever direction to visit.

Parking is free of charge at these park & ride sites, but you will need to purchase a bus ticket.

Park and Ride SiteAddressSpacesLocated
Brislington Park & RideBS4 5LR1,300South East of Bristol
Long Ashton Park & RideBS3 2HB1,500South West of Bristol
Lyde Green Park & RideBS16 7GG246North East of Bath
Portway Park & RideBS11 9QE500North West of Bath

Bristol Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Adult Return£3.50
7 Day Rider£13.00

Motorhome parking in Bristol

If you are planning on taking a Motorhome into Bristol, you can park at the Maritime Heritage Centre which has no height restrictions and can be used for overnight parking when there are no busses parked. Overnight parking costs around £2.50.

Coach parking in Bristol

If you are visiting Bristol by coach, you will need to find a suitable parking spot or drop-off area before you set off. Coach parking is permitted at Canons Road, Bristol Fruit Market, Cumberland Road and Maritime Heritage Centre (5 hours for £10.00).

These car parks will charge to park a coach so therefore not free, but if you want to simply drop-off your passengers to save money, drop-off points are located on Bond Street South, Colston Street, Observatory Road and Guthrie Road/College Road.

Residential parking in Bristol

If you are a resident in Bristol where permits are required, you can apply for a residents parking permit.

In order to apply, you will need to apply to the council with proof of address as well as proof of vehicle.

The cost of the permit will depend on the emissions your vehicle omits, starting from free of charge, with the most expensive being £84 for a 12 month period.

You will receive a set number of visitors permits, the amount depending on your location, but a rough idea of costs can be found here.

About Bristol, UK

Bristol really does have something for everyone. One of the most visited spots is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, famed for its views over the River Avon.

The Clifton Observatory overlooks the Clifton Suspension Bridge and offers spectacular views of Bristol. It is also a popular location for weddings and function.

Bristol is also a green city, with over 400 parks and gardens to enjoy, allowing you to get away from the hustle and bustle and really immerse yourself in nature.

If you are wanting to discover the cultural side of Bristol, you can take the street tour to see real Banksy art with your own eyes. Born and raised in Bristol, Banksy’s early work can be found in and around the city.

Bristol has a large LGBT+ culture and you’ll find plenty of inclusive activities and events on in the city.

For day trippers, there are a range of high street shops, independent boutique stores and restaurants aplenty.

Getting to Bristol is easy and stress free, with motorway links and Bristol Airport just a short drive away, offering routes to and from the city.

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 Bristol:

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