Free Parking in Ipswich, UK

If you’re visiting Ipswich for the day, or even longer, parking can become expensive, so we recommend looking for a free parking spot instead. We show you the best options for free parking in Ipswich without restrictions.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Ipswich
  • Where to park for free in Ipswich
  • Cheap parking options in Ipswich
  • Free council car parks
  • Ipswich Park and Ride
  • Free Ipswich shuttle bus
  • Coach parking in Ipswich
  • Overnight parking in Ipswich
  • Residents parking in Ipswich
  • About Ipswich

What to know about parking free in Ipswich

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 Ipswich, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days. Click on the maps below and the location will open in Google Maps.

Where to Park for Free in Ipswich, UK

You can park for free in Ipswich on the following streets near to the town centre:

  • Warrington Road
  • Prospect Road
  • Surrey Road
  • Waterloo Road
  • Westwood Avenue
Free Parking Ipswich
Warrington Road, 0.8 Miles

Warrington Road is just a 15 minute walk into Ipswich, not far from Christchurch Park. There are also bus stops en route if you’d rather not walk.

Cheap Parking in Ipswich

Whilst there are plenty of free parking options, you may feel more comfortable parking somewhere with added security, especially if you are leaving your car for a longer period of time. Luckily, there are other options, such as booking private car parking spaces in and around Ipswich from as little as £5 per day, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

Free car parks in Ipswich

You can parking for free in Ipswich from 6pm in Cromwell Square Car Park, IP1 1UP.

The following council car parks across Ipswich are free of charge after 8pm. These include:

  • William Street Car Park, IP1 3HX
  • Elm Street Car Park, IP1 2AP
  • Regent Theatre Car Park, IP4 2EA

Although not strictly free, you can park in the following car parks after 2pm for only £2 Mon to Fri:

  • Elm Street Car Park, IP1 2AP
  • Cromwell Square Car Park, IP1 1UP
  • Regent Theatre Car Park, IP4 2EA
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingDisabled Bays
Cromwell Square Car ParkCromwell Square, Ipswich, IP1 1UP64After 6pm3
Elm Street Car ParkElm Street, Ipswich, IP1 2AP68 (2 x EV)After 8pm4
William Street Car ParkWilliam Street, Ipswich, IP1 3HX77After 8pm3
Regent Theatre Car ParkCobden Place, Ipswich, IP4 2EA73After 8pm5

Ipswich Park and Ride

Park and Ride might be one of the best options if you’re visiting Ipswich as there’s free parking on site and bus tickets are much cheaper than paying for parking close to the city centre.

There are two park and ride sites around Ipswich can be found at the following locations:

  • London Road
  • Martlesham

Busses run every 15 minutes and there’s free WiFi on board, so you can check your emails during your commute.

Bus tickets cost:

  • £24 for a monthly ticket
  • £4.80 for a day ticket (mobile)
  • £18 for 10 single trips (mobile)
  • £17.30 for a weekly ticket (mobile)

Free Shuttle Bus in Ipswich

If you choose to use one of our recommended free parking spots in and around Ipswich, you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus to get around.

The free Ipswich shuttle bus (No. 37) runs in a loop around the town centre every 15 minutes Monday – Friday 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Coach parking in Ipswich

The most suitable car park for coaches visiting Ipswich is West End Road Car Park, IP1 2DZ. Charges for coaches are only £10 for the day and there are 4 dedicated coach bays.

Overnight parking in Ipswich

For free overnight parking in Ipswich, use one of the recommended free parking spots or one of the following council car parks which are free after 8pm:

options for free parking in and around Ipswich.

  • William Street Car Park, IP1 3HX
  • Elm Street Car Park, IP1 2AP
  • Regent Theatre Car Park, IP4 2EA

Residential parking in Ipswich

If you are a resident in Ipswich 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 £40 per year for a residents parking permit.

Visitor parking permits can be purchased in the form of day permits.

About Ipswich, UK

Ipswich has something for everyone, with plenty of green space to enjoy and a range of heritage sites to explore.

Proudly known as the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in the country, Ipswich is home to Christchurch Mansion, set in the stunning Christchurch Park which is home to the following features and attractions:

  • Bowling green
  • Children’s play area
  • Tennis courts
  • Refreshment kiosk

There’s plenty of independent shops to support with Dial Lane and Buttermarket two of the main areas to visit.

If you’d rather do something different to the norm, take a trip down River Orwell on one of the River Cruises or rent a kayak and take a different view.

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 Ipswich: