Free Parking in Durham

free parking durham

Durham is a beautiful cathedral city in the North of England, with one of the country’s most reputable universities. If you are looking to park for free in Durham without restrictions, we’ll show you exactly where to park.

3 places to park for free in Durham (2024)

Anyone who has visited Durham in the past will know just how difficult it can be to not only navigate the city centre, but also find affordable parking.

When you park in one of the council run car parks in Durham, you can expect to pay a premium for these spaces, so if you can manage a 15-20 minute walk, you should consider one of the recommend free parking spots.

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

Fieldhouse Lane
Young Street
Wakenshaw Road

You can expect a 15-20 minute walk to your free parking spots or you could jump on the regular bus service that heads into the town centre.

What to know about parking free in Durham

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

Cheap Parking in Durham

Free car parks in Durham

You can park for free in Durham between 6pm and 8am at Providence Row Car Park. For a limited time, Durham Council are also offering free parking across their car parks after 2pm.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Providence Row Car ParkProvidence Row, Durham, ​DH1 1LH196pm – 8am Mon to Saturday and all day Sunday

Free on-street parking in Durham

If you would prefer to park in an on-street parking bay close to Durham city centre, there are plenty of free on-street parking options close to popular amenities and attractions.

All on-street parking bays are free of charge between 6pm and 8am as well as all day Sunday. These spaces are available on the following streets:

  • Albert Street
  • North Road
  • South Street
  • Margery Lane
  • Claypath
StreetFree Parking
Albert Street6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
North Road6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
South Street6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Margery Lane6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Claypath6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Durham Park & Ride Sites

Durham has 3 park and ride sites that cover the city, including Belmont Park & Ride, Howlands Farm Park & Ride and Sniperley Park & Ride.

Durham’s Park & Ride facilities are incredibly affordable and make getting into the city much easier, especially during busy times.

For just £2 per person, you can park until 7pm and get unlimited bus travel for the day.

Park and Ride SiteAddressBus Service
Belmont Park and RideDurham, DH1 1BAEvery 15 minutes
Howlands Farm Park and RideHowlands Farm, DH1 3TQEvery 15 minutes
Sniperley Park and RideSniperley, DH1 5RAEvery 15 minutes

Free overnight parking in Durham

If you are parking in Durham after 6pm, you can park for free at the following on-street parking locations, providing you return to your car by 8am the following day. These car parks or on-street locations are within a 10 minute walk of the city centre:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Providence Row Car ParkProvidence Row, Durham, ​DH1 1LH196pm – 8am and Sundays
StreetFree Parking
Albert Street6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
North Road6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
South Street6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Margery Lane6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Claypath6pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Coach parking in Durham

Coach drivers are advised to drop passengers off at Freeman’s Place, which is just a short distance from Durham Cathedral and from there, drive to Belmont Park & Ride site where there is ample free coach parking available.

There are toilet facilities at Belmont Park & Ride and coach drivers can take advantage of free bus travel into the city during their stay.

Free Motorcycle parking in Durham

Motorcycles and mopeds are permitted to park in either pay and display car parks or on-street parking bays in Durham free of charge and without time limits. These locations include:

  • Framwellgate Waterside
  • Claypath (opposite Millennium Place)
  • Cross View Terrace, Neville’s Cross

When parking on-street, motorcycles are requested to park at a 90 degree angle, to take up as little space as possible.

Free Motorhome parking in Durham

Motorhomes are permitted to park in any car park in and around Durham, but if they take up more than one parking spot, multiple parking tickets should be purchased.

Motorhomes are also permitted to park at any of the Park & Ride sites free of charge and there are dedicated motorhome spaces.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Providence Row Car ParkProvidence Row, Durham, ​DH1 1LH196pm – 8am and Sundays

Permit parking in Durham

If you are a resident of a restricted parking zone in Durham, 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 £40 for 12 months. In order to apply for a permit, you will need proof of residence and proof of vehicle.

You can also purchase visitor passes which cost around £4.50 for a book.

About Durham

Durham is a cathedral city based in the North East of England and also home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

The steep cobbled streets are very quintessentially British, with little boutique shops lining the city centre.

The river offers a great place to walk or even enjoy a boat ride, whatever the weather.

If dining out is more your bag, there’s certainly no shortage of restaurants, cafe’s and bistros to sample.

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 Durham:

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.

Amber

Information was last updated on January 10th, 2024