Free Parking in Bristol, UK

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.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Bristol
  • Where to park for free in Bristol
  • Free parking near Bristol Harbour
  • Free parking near Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Free council car parks
  • Bristol park and ride sites
  • Cheap parking options in Bristol
  • Motorhome parking in Bristol
  • Coach parking in Bristol
  • Residents parking in Bristol
  • About Bristol

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

Here are our list of available free parking in Bristol, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days. Click on the maps below and the location will open in Google Maps.

Where to Park for Free in Bristol, UK

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

  • Meriton Street
  • Folly Lane
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Meriton Street, 1.2 Miles

Meriton Street offers free parking spots that are tucked away from any residential streets or busy roads with lots of passing traffic. If you struggle to find a space on Meriton Street, there are free parking spots on the adjacent Albert Crescent, although this road is slightly busier.

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Folly Lane, 0.8 Miles

Conveniently located just off a small industrial estate, Folly Lane is ideal for those who want to leave their car all day, without worrying about obstructing residential streets. The walk into Bristol is around 20 minutes. There are adjacent streets also offering free parking if you struggle to find a space.

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 that you can use, which are around a 30 minute walk away, or you can jump on the bus which will take you there in just 10 minutes:

  • Meriton Street
  • Folly Lane

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. The following streets offer free parking near to Clifton Suspension Bridge:

  • Bannerleigh Road
  • Randall Road

Free council car parks in Bristol

You can park for free in Bristol at Little Paradise Car Park (BS3 4NE) which offers 2 hours FREE parking.

Evening parking in council car parks is usually offered at a reduced rate, rather than being free of charge.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingCharge Points
LIttle Paradise Car ParkLittle Paradise, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4NJ492 hours freeNo

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 Type Price
Adult Return (weekdays) £3.50
Adult Day Ticket £5.00
5 x Day Tickets £17.50
10 x Day Tickets £32.00
20 x Day Tickets £60.00

Cheap Parking in Bristol

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 Bristol for as little as £5 per day, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

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 the following locations:

  • Canons Road
  • Bristol Fruit Market
  • Cumberland Road
  • Maritime Heritage Centre – 5 hours for £7.50

These car parks will charge to park a coach and are not free, but if you want to simply drop-off your passengers to save money, drop-off points are located:

  • Bond Street South
  • Colston Street
  • Observatory Road
  • 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 £72 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: