Free Parking in Colchester, UK

If you are visiting Colchester either for a day of shopping or to meet up with friends or family, we will show you where to park without restrictions.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Colchester
  • Where to park for free in Colchester
  • Cheap parking options in Colchester
  • Council car parks
  • Free overnight parking in Colchester
  • Free motorcycle parking in Colchester
  • Free disabled parking in Colchester
  • Coach parking in Colchester
  • Residents parking in Colchester
  • About Colchester

What to know about parking free in Colchester

When parking, please take into consideration:

  • Be considerate – most free parking is on residential streets, so do not block driveways or exit routes
  • Ensure there is enough space for larger vehicles to pass, especially if you park in a residential area

Here are our list of available free parking in Colchester, so if you are visiting friends or heading out for a bite to eat, you can save money by finding a free parking spot.

Where to park for free in Colchester

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

  • Bristol Road
  • Garrison Parade
  • Captain Gardens
  • Sargeant Street
  • Audley Road
  • Capel Road

Cheap Parking in Colchester

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Colchester from just £3 per day and these spaces are available to book in advance.

Free car parks in Colchester

There are unfortunately no free car parks in Colchester town centre, but the following car parks in Colchester cost just 50p per hour to park overnight between 6pm and 6am:

Car ParkSpaces
Britannia Car Park369
Sheepen Road54
Vineyard Street Car Park101

Free on-street parking in Colchester

Some residential streets in Colchester are free to park all-day Sunday and after 6pm daily. These streets include:

  • Creffield Road
  • Wellesley Road
  • Oxford Road
  • Salisbury Avenue

Free overnight parking in Colchester

You can park for free overnight in Colchester at the following on-street parking locations:

  • Creffield Road
  • Wellesley Road
  • Oxford Road
  • Salisbury Avenue

Free motorcycle parking in Colchester

Motorcycles and mopeds are permitted to park free of charge in the following car parks in and around Colchester, providing you use the dedicated bays:

  • Vineyard Street Car Park
  • Sheepen Road Car Park
Car Park
Vineyard Street Car Park
Sheepen Road Car Park

Free disabled parking in Colchester

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can park for free for 3 hours at the following car parks in and around Colchester:

Car ParkDisabled SpacesFree Parking
Vineyard Street Car Park53 hours
St Mary’s Car Park83 hours
Britannia Car Park93 hours
Priory Street Car Park73 hours
Sheepen Road Car ParkNo dedicated bays3 hours
St John’s143 hours

Coach parking in Colchester

If you are travelling to Colchester by coach, you can park for free at nearby Mill Lane car and coach park in Dedham which is around 8.5 miles away from the town centre.

Parking is free for the first hour and after 8pm daily. If you are staying for longer than 1 hour, hourly prices are as follows:

  • Up to 1 hour – Free
  • Up to 2 hours – £1
  • Up to 4 hours – £2
  • Over 4 hours – £4
  • 6pm – 8pm – 50p

Permit parking in Colchester

If you are a resident of a restricted parking zone in Colchester, you can apply for a residents parking permit, which allows you to park your car on any street in that zone. 

Residents permits cost around £68 for 12 months depending on the street you reside. In order to apply for a permit, you will need proof of residence and proof of vehicle.

Visitor passes can also be purchased for around £11.50.

Things To Do in Colchester, UK

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 Colchester: