Free Parking in Guildford

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.

3 places to park for free in Guildford 2024

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

Collingwood Crescent
Stoughton Road
Shepherds Lane

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

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.

Cheapest all-day parking in Guildford

We found the cheapest car park in Guildford to be Guildford Business Park car park, which costs just £2.50 to park all day (9am – 5pm), so it’s a great option for commuters or those visiting Guildford for the full day, but you must pre-book this car park.

Cheapest monthly parking in Guildford

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Guildford to be Guildford Business Park car park, which costs £50 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, but you must pre-book this car park.

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.

Stoke Park can be found at 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:

  • Collingwood Crescent

Free car parks in Guildford

If you are looking for car parks in Guildford, there are several options available that offer free parking, including:

Free after 10pm:

  • York Road Multi Storey Car Park

Free from 6pm and Sundays/Bank Holidays:

  • Guildford Park Car Park

Free from 6pm daily:

  • Shalford Park Car Park (closes at 10pm)
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingCharge Points
Ash Vale Station Car ParkStation Approach, Ash Vale, GU12 5LP294pm – 7am, Sundays, Bank HolidaysNo
Shalford Park Car ParkShalford Road, Guildford, GU4 8AA636pm – 10pm weekdays onlyYes
Guildford Park Car ParkGuildford Park Road, Guildford, GU2 7NFUnknown6pm – 8am, Sundays, Bank HolidaysNo
York Road Car ParkDenmark Road, Guildford, GU1 4DS.59510pm – 8amNo

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 park at the following on-street locations for free between 9pm and 8.30am:

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 in Guildford 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
Artington Park and RideGU3 1LP
Merrow Park and RideGU4 7AA
Onslow Park and RideGU4 7AA

Guildford Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Day Rider£2.50
Concession Day Return£1.50
7 Day MegaRider£10.00
28 Day MegaRider£31.50

Free overnight parking available in Guildford

Overnight parking is available across Guildford in the following council car parks after 6pm or at our recommended free parking spots:

  • Ash Vale Station 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 £80 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 of Guildford 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:

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 10th, 2024