Free Parking in Guildford, UK

Guildford is a quaint town with cobbled streets and plenty of history. Parking for free in Guildford can be difficult, so we show you exactly where to park for free in Guildford without restrictions to enjoy this beautiful Surrey town.

We show you where to park for free in Guildford so you can spend more money with local businesses instead. The free parking spots we recommend are mainly on residential streets or on industrial estates within walking distance of Guildford town centre.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Guildford
  • Where to park for free in Guildford
  • Cheap parking options in Guildford
  • Free parking at Stoke Park
  • Free council car parks
  • Free on-street parking in Guildford
  • Guildford park and ride sites
  • Free overnight parking in Guildford
  • Coach parking in Guildford
  • Residents parking in Guildford
  • About Guildford

What to know about parking free in Guildford

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 Guildford, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days.

Where to Park for Free in Guildford, UK

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

  • Boxgrove Avenue
  • Collingwood Crescent
  • Stoughton Road
  • Shepherds Lane

Cheap Parking in Guildford

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Guildford and these spaces are available to book in advance. You can book these cheap parking spaces from as little as £4 per day.

Free parking at Stoke Park

If you are looking to enjoy a family day out, Stoke Park has something for everyone, including mini golf, a boating pond and a skate park. The park can be found at the following address: Nightingale Road, Guildford, GU1 1ER.

If you are visiting Stoke Park, you can use one of the following free parking spots nearby. These parking spots are all within a 5 minute walk of Stoke Park:

  • Boxgrove Avenue
  • Collingwood Crescent

Free car parks in Guildford

You can park for free in Guildford at Walnut Tree Close Car Park on weekends and after 6pm during the week. You can also park for free in Guildford at Ash Vale Station on Sundays and every day from 4pm.

Alternatively, you can park for free in Guildford after 6pm at the following car parks:

Evening parking only (6pm – 10pm):

  • Shalford Park Car Park

Evening 6pm – 8am and Sundays/Bank Holidays:

  • Guildford Park Car Park
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingCharge Points
Ash Vale Station Car ParkStation Approach, Ash Vale, GU12 5LP294pm – 7am, Sundays, Bank HolidaysNo
Walnut Tree Close Car ParkWoodbridge Meadows, Guildford, GU1 1BA.166pm – 8am, Weekends, Bank HolidaysYes
Shalford Park Car ParkShalford Road, Guildford, GU4 8AA636pm – 10pm weekdays onlyYes
Guildford Park Car ParkGuildford Park Road, Guildford, GU2 7NFUnknown6pm – 8am, Sundays, Bank HolidaysNo

Free on-street parking in Guildford

If you’d rather use on-street parking in Guildford to be close to the local amenities and shops, you can use the following on-street parking spots free between these hours:

StreetAreaFree Parking
Dene RoadCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Denmark RoadCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Eastgate GardensCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Bury FieldsCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Millmead TerraceCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Lawn RoadCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am
Bury StreetCentral Guildford9pm – 8.30am

Guildford Park & Ride Sites

There are four park and ride sites in and around Guildford that allow you to park for free, providing you use the bus service into the town. Park and ride buses drop you off and collect you by the Friary, a handy location for both major shops and offices. All buses accept contactless payments.

Park and Ride SiteAddress
Spectrum Park and RideGU1 1UP
Artington Park and RideGU3 1LP
Merrow Park and RideGU4 7AA
Onslow Park and RideGU4 7AA

Guildford Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Price
Adult Day Return (includes 2 children up to 16) £1.70 – £2.40
Child Return £0.85 – £1.20
Adult Weekly £6.80 – £9.60

Is overnight parking available in Guildford

Overnight parking is available in the following council car parks or at our recommended free parking spots:

  • Ash Vale Station Car Park
  • Walnut Tree Close Car Park
  • Shalford Park Car Park
  • Guildford Park Car Park

Coach parking in Guildford

If you are visiting Guildford by coach, you should know before you set off where you will park. There is dedicated coach parking at the following locations:

  • Bedford Road Multi-storey Car Park
  • Artington Park & Ride

Guildford parking permits

If you are a resident in Guildford 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. You can expect a cost of around £50 per year for a residents parking permit.

Discounts are offered if your vehicle is low emissions and permits run from 1st October to 30th September. If you apply outside of these times, the permit and charge will be pro-rata’d.

About Guildford, UK

Guildford is one of the most visited towns in Surrey with something for everyone.

There are picturesque riverside walks, plenty of entertainment options including theatres, and plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy. The cobbled streets are packed with independent boutique shops and big high street names.

If history is more your thing, there are plenty of heritage sites to discover, some of which date back to the 13th century.

Guildford Castle is one of the most visited, set in beautiful gardens, it’s sure to offer a trip back in time for the whole family.

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 Guildford: