Free Parking in Chelmsford

Free Parking in Chelmsford

Free parking in Chelmsford can be difficult, but thanks for Free Parking Spots, we show you exactly where to park without restrictions when visiting Chelmsford.

4 places to park for free in Chelmsford (2024)

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

Shrublands Close
Park Avenue (North)
Avon Road
Great Baddow car park (CM2 7DW)

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

What to know about parking free in Chelmsford

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 Chelmsford

We found the cheapest car park in Chelmsford to be The Granary Car Park, which you can book even if you are not a customer – but it must be pre-booked.

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

Cheapest monthly parking in Chelmsford

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Chelmsford to be The Granary Car Park, which costs £85 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 car parks in Chelmsford

You can park for free in Chelmsford at both Great Baddow Parish car park, CM2 7DW and Little Waltham Parish car park, CM3 3NY.

Car ParkAddressFree Parking
Great Baddow Parish Car ParkCM2 7DWAll day
Little Waltham Parish Car ParkCM3 3NYAll day

Free on-street parking in Chelmsford

If you prefer to park in on-street parking bays close to the centre of Chelmsford, you can park for free at the following locations between 6pm and 8am:

Car ParkAddressFree Parking
Broomfield RoadCM1 1SW6pm – 8am
Broomfield Road Rear ServiceCM1 1SY6pm – 8am
Cedar AvenueCM1 2QH6pm – 8am
Coval LaneCM1 1TG6pm – 8am
Railway StreetCM1 1QS6pm – 8am
Rainsford RoadCM1 2PZ6pm – 8am
Victoria RoadCM1 1NY6pm – 8am

Chelmsford Park & Ride Sites

There are three park and ride sites that offer free parking and the bus takes you directly into the centre of Chelmsford.

If you want to use the Park and Pedal option, you can pay £3.00 – £3.60 to park your car (depending on the location) and then simply continue your journey by bicycle.

Park and Ride SiteAddressSpaces
Chelmer Valley Park and RideCM3 3PR957
Sandon Park and RideCM2 7RU1,377
Colchester Park and RideCO4 5JA970

Chelmsford Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Adult Day Return£3.60
Child Day Return£1.00
Adult Weekly£18.00
Adult (Saturday)£1.50

Overnight parking in Chelmsford

For free overnight parking in Chelmsford, we recommend using one of our free parking spots. Alternatively, you can use any of these council car parks that are free of charge:

  • Great Baddow Parish car park, CM2 7DW
  • Little Waltham parish car park, CM3 3NY

The following car parks have a charge of £1 between 6pm and 6am:

  • Baddow Road, CM2 7PJ
  • Coval Lane Car Park, CM1 1TG
  • Moulsham Street Car Park, CM2 0LF
  • Parkway Car Park, CM2 0DG

Residential parking in Chelmsford

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

In order to apply, you will need to prove you are a resident, so will be required to provide proof of address and proof of vehicle. The cost is around £26 for an annual permit.

Visitor parking permits can be purchased as yearly permits.

About Chelmsford, UK

Chelmsford is steeped in history, with the town itself being nicknamed as ‘Market place of Caesar’. Chelmsford Cathedral is a truly stunning building in the heart of the town and a free day out for all.

If you’re looking for green spaces, there is a wide range of parks and gardens to explore, including Admiral’s Park, Boleyn Gardens and Central Park to name just a few.

If it’s shopping you’re looking for, there’s a wide range to choose from in Chelmsford, from high street names to independent boutiques.

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 Chelmsford:

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