Free Parking in Nottingham, UK

If you are familiar with Nottingham, you will know that parking, and most definitely free parking in Nottingham, can be a little frustrating, especially if you want to be close to the city centre, so we show you the best options for free parking in Nottingham without restrictions.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Nottingham
  • Where to park for free in Nottingham
  • Cheap parking options in Nottingham
  • Free council car parks
  • Free on-street parking in Nottingham
  • Free parking near Victoria Centre
  • Free parking near Nottingham University
  • Nottingham park and ride sites
  • Free overnight parking in Nottingham
  • Coach parking in Nottingham
  • Residents parking in Nottingham
  • About Nottingham

What to know about parking free in Nottingham

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

Where to Park for Free in Nottingham, UK

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

  • Garfield Road
  • Faraday Road

Cheap Parking in Nottingham

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 Nottingham, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

Free car parks in Nottingham

If you are looking to park for free in Nottingham, Sneinton Market Square Car Park (NGF3 1JB) offers 1 hour free parking.

Free street parking in Nottingham

If you don’t want to park in one of the recommended free parking spots or car park in and around Nottingham, you can opt to park in one of the on-street parking bays instead.

Nottingham street parking is split into different zones, so depending which zone you want to park in, will determine whether there is free parking available:

ZoneAreaFree Parking
Zone 1City Centre, The Lace Market, Hockley10pm – 8am
Zone 2City Centre, Hockley10pm – 8am
Zone 3Arboretum10pm – 8am

Free parking near Victoria Centre Nottingham

Victoria Centre is the ultimate shopping centre in Nottingham and the ideal place to enjoy an afternoon of retail therapy. There’s also a wide range of places to eat, including Ed’s Easy Diner, Caffe Rizolli, Subway, McDonalds and Krispy Kreme to name just a few. 

There’s also a wide range of high street shops, including Boots, Accessorize, H. Samuel and Next to name a few. Although there is parking on site, you can also use one of our recommended free parking spots nearby:

  • Garfield Road
  • Faraday Road

Free parking near Nottingham university

If you are visiting Nottingham University either to see a loved one or you are looking at studying there, there are a number of ways to get there, including bus, train and of course car. There is an on-site car park which is pay and display, so we recommend using one of the free parking spots nearby:

  • Garfield Road
  • Faraday Road

Nottingham Park & Ride Sites

Nottingham has different park and ride options, with two pocket park and ride sites where you can park up and then jump on the bus into the city centre and then there’s 7 tram park and ride sites.

Park and Ride SiteAddressSpacesType
Cotgrave Park & RideNG12 3LA33Bus
Stragglethorpe Park & RideNG12 2JZ56Bus
Clifton South Park & RideNG11 8BF1,000Tram
The Forest Park & RideNG7 6AQ972Tram
Hucknall Park & RideNG15 7TD439Tram
Moor Bridge Park & RideNG6 8AE119Tram
Phoenix Park Park & RideNG6 8AE657Tram
Toton Lane Park & RideNG9 7JA1,400Tram
Wilkinson Street Park & RideNG7 7NW600Tram

Nottingham Park and Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Price
Bus Adult Mango (capped travel) £5.95
Bus Adult ZigZag (across all trentbartonland) £6.60
Tram Adult Single £2.40
Tram Adult Day Ticket £4.20

Is overnight parking available in Nottingham

Council car parks are pay and display 24 hours of the day, so it’s recommended you use on street parking in zones 1-3, which is free between the hours of 10pm and 8am.

Coach parking in Nottingham

If you are travelling to Nottingham by coach, we recommend finding a suitable car park before you set off for a stress free experience. The most suitable car park for coaches is the Motorpoint Arena which must be pre-booked.

Residential parking in Nottingham

If you are a resident in Nottingham 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. The permit is free of charge and lasts 2 years, but replacements will incur a cost of around £25.

About Nottingham, UK

Nottingham is home to Robin Hood, some beautiful green spaces and plenty of culture. Whether you are looking to visit museums, adrenaline fuelled attractions or some of the local eateries, there’s something for everyone to do in Nottingham.

There are a number of heritage sites in Nottinghamshire, including Wollaton Hall & Park, Bolsover Castle and Newark Castle & Gardens, so it’s great to be able to get about in a car and explore what the county has to offer.

If you’re flying into the county to visit Nottingham, you’ll likely come via East Midlands Airport. You can rent a car here and travel into Nottingham easily.

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 Nottingham: