Free Parking in Loughborough, UK

With Loughborough being a university town, it can get quite busy with pedestrians, especially in the town centre. There are free parking spots around Loughborough without restrictions that mean you can enjoy the town without worrying about hefty parking charges.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Loughborough
  • Where to park for free in Loughborough
  • Cheap parking options in Loughborough
  • Free parking near Charnwood Museum
  • Free parking near Queens Park
  • Free parking near Loughborough university
  • Free parking near Great Central Railway
  • Free council car parks
  • Free overnight parking in Loughborough
  • Free disabled parking in Loughborough
  • Free Motorcycle parking in Loughborough
  • Motorhome parking in Loughborough
  • Residents parking in Loughborough
  • About Loughborough

What to know about parking free in Loughborough

When parking, please take into consideration:

  • Be considerate – most free parking is on residential streets, so do not block driveways or exit routes
  • It will likely involve a walk from your free parking spot to Loughborough town centre

Here are our list of available free parking in Loughborough, so if you are visiting a loved one at university or just looking to enjoy the town, you don’t need to keep an eye on the clock.

Where to Park for Free in Loughborough

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

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

Free Parking near Charnwood Museum

Charnwood Museum showcases the rich heritage of the local area.
Featuring a wide range of exhibits reflecting the history, geology, archaeology and industries of Charnwood and the surrounding area. Charnwood Museum is located central to Loughborough, just a stones throw away from the railway station.

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

Free Parking near Queens Park

Queens Park is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and enjoy some of the greenery and nature. Here, you can enjoy a book or simple take a short stroll around the grounds. Here’s the closest free parking spots near Queens Park:

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

Free Parking near Loughborough University

Loughborough University has its own parking options but you may need to pay for these, so we recommend using one of the free parking spots nearby, especially if you are visiting for the full day:

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

Free Parking near Great Central Railway

If you are visiting Great Central Railway for a day out, we recommend using one of these free parking spots nearby:

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

Great Central Railway is the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway and a great way to enjoy the steam train whilst taking in the sights.

Cheap Parking in Loughborough

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

Free car parks in Loughborough

You can park for free in Loughborough at Beehive Lane Car Park between 6pm – 6am daily, all day Sunday and on Bank Holidays.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Beehive Lane Car ParkLE11 2TY5776pm – 6am, Sundays, Bank Holidays

Is overnight parking available in Loughborough

If you are looking to park your car in Loughborough overnight, you can use one of our recommended free parking spots:

  • Selbourne Street
  • Cobden Street
  • Pavilion Way
  • Middle Avenue
  • Holmfield Avenue

If you want to use a secure car park, use Beehive Lane Car Park between 6pm and 6am (no restrictions Saturday after 6pm).

Free disabled parking in Loughborough

If you have a Blue Badge, you are entitled to park in the following car parks in Loughborough free of charge:

  • Southfield Road Extension Car Park (3 hours free parking)

Free Motorcycle parking in Loughborough

If you are visiting Loughborough by motorcycle, you can benefit from free parking at the following car parks:

  • Granby Street – Free parking at the front of the car park

Motorcycles must park in the dedicated motorcycle parking bays.

Free Motorhome parking in Loughborough

If you are travelling to Loughborough by motorhome, we recommend you use one of our free parking spots:

  • Pavilion Way

These streets are wide enough to accommodate a motorhome without any issues and it should be relatively easy to park.

Residents permit parking in Loughborough

If you are a resident of a disc zone in Loughborough, you can apply for a residents parking permit, entitling you to park your car on any street in that zone. 

Residents permits costs are as follows:

  • Car for up to 6 months – £25
  • Car for 6 months up to 1 year – £50
  • Motorcycles – £25
  • Blue badge holders – free

In order to apply for a permit, you will need proof of residence and proof of vehicle.

You can also apply for a visitor pass in the form of a scratchcard book which costs around £10.

About Loughborough

Loughborough is a relatively large town located in Leicestershire, made busier by the university that is located in the centre of the town.

The town itself is packed with heritage and history, with heavy focus on the engineering industry which can be explored further at the Charnwood Museum and John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum.

Loughborough also offers a fantastic shopping experience, with plenty of independent boutique style shops as well as well known high street stores. 

If you’d rather get out and take in the green spaces, you can visit Queen’s Park which has some beautiful flowers, landscapes and fountains to enjoy.

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 Loughborough: