Free Parking Plymouth, UK

Plymouth is a playground for those who love to be out on the water but there’s also plenty to do in the city, including shopping and exploring the local attractions, so if you are looking for free parking in Plymouth without restrictions, you’ve come to the right place.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Plymouth
  • Where to park for free in Plymouth
  • Cheap parking options in Plymouth
  • Free parking near Plymouth Aquarium
  • Free council car parks
  • Free street parking in Plymouth
  • Plymouth park and ride sites
  • Overnight parking in Plymouth
  • Motorhome parking in Plymouth
  • Coach parking in Plymouth
  • Disabled parking in Plymouth
  • Residents parking permits Plymouth
  • About Plymouth

What to know about parking free in Plymouth

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

Where to Park for Free in Plymouth, UK

You can park for free in Plymouth on the following streets near to the city centre:

North of Plymouth

  • Lydford Park Road
  • Westbourne Road
  • Trelawny Road

West of Plymouth

  • Stuart Road
  • Valletort Road
  • Palmerston Street

East of Plymouth

  • South View Terrace
  • Kinross Avenue
  • Kelvin Avenue

Cheap Parking in Plymouth

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

Where to Park for free near Plymouth Aquarium

Plymouth Aquarium is the perfect day out for families looking for something that is suitable for all ages. Located just by the harbour, Plymouth Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with aquarium life from all corners of the world.

For free parking near to Plymouth Aquarium, use the following locations:

  • South View Terrace
  • Kinross Avenue
  • Kelvin Avenue

There will be a short 10-15 minute walk to your free parking spot, but the route doesn’t go off the beaten track, so you can follow the major roads down to the harbour.

Free car parks in Plymouth

You can park for free in Plymouth between 10pm and 8am at the following car parks:

  • Elphinstone Road Car Park
  • Exchange Street Car Park
  • Guildhall Square Car Park
  • St Andrew Street/Whimple Street Car Park
  • Colin Campbell Court Car Park
  • Western Approach Car Park
  • Courtenay Street Car Park
  • Woolworth West Car Park
  • Plymouth City Market Car Park
  • Mayflower Street West Car Park
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking Times
Elphinstone Road Car ParkElphinstone Road, PL1 2NU6910pm – 8am
Exchange Street Car ParkExchange Street, PL4 0EY1810pm – 8am
Guildhall Square Car ParkGuildhall Square, PL1 2AD4210pm – 8am
St Andrew Street/Whimple Street Car ParkSt Andrew Street, PL1 2AH1710pm – 8am
Colin Campbell Court Car ParkMarket Avenue, PL1 1PZ25110pm – 8am
Western Approach Car ParkWestern Approach, PL1 1AJ88110pm – 8am
Courtenay Street Car ParkCourtenay Street, PL1 1EP3010pm – 8am
Woolworth West Car ParkCornwall Street, PL1 1NS1810pm – 8am
Plymouth City Market Car ParkCornwall Street, Plymouth, PL1 1PS6510pm – 8am
Mayflower Street West Car ParkMayflower Street, PL1 1QU8110pm – 8am

Free street parking in Plymouth

If you’d rather park in an on-street parking bay instead of a secure car park, you can use the following locations which are close to the town centre so there’s less far to walk:

StreetAddressFree Parking
Zone 3PL1 1NF6pm – 8am

Plymouth Park & Ride sites

Plymouth is home to three park and ride sites, all accessible from different locations around the city.

Buses are run by Stagecoach and run every 15 minutes daily, taking only 10 minutes to get into the centre of Plymouth.

Parking is free so it’s a really affordable way to access Plymouth.

Park and Ride SiteAddressSpaces
Coypool Park and RideMarsh Mills Roundabout off the A38 (PL7 4TB).462
George Park and RideTavistock Road (PL6 7HB).726
Milehouse Park and RidePlymouth Argyle Football Club on Outland Road (PL2 3DE).557

Plymouth Park & Ride Prices

Parking is free at all park and ride sites around Plymouth, but you will be required to purchase a bus ticket to get into the city centre. It is one of the most affordable ways to travel to Plymouth.

Park and Ride SiteTicket TypePrice
Coypool Park and RideAdult Single£1.70
 Adult Return£2.80
George Park and RideAdult Single£2.80
 Adult Return£3.40
Milehouse Park and RideAdult Single£1.70
 Adult Return£2.80

Is free overnight parking available in Plymouth

You can use the following car parks to park for free overnight in Plymouth:

  • Elphinstone Road Car Park
  • Exchange Street Car Park
  • Guildhall Square Car Park
  • St Andrew Street/Whimple Street Car Park
  • Colin Campbell Court Car Park
  • Western Approach Car Park
  • Courtenay Street Car Park
  • Woolworth West Car Park
  • Plymouth City Market Car Park
  • Mayflower Street West Car Park

You can also use one of our recommended free parking spots in and around Plymouth.

Motorhome parking in Plymouth

Motorhomes are expected to use Milehouse Park and Ride, which is located at Plymouth Argyle Football Club on Outland Road (PL2 3DE).

This car park is open 24 hours a day and offers free parking providing you use the bus service to access the city centre.

Buses run every 15 minutes between Monday and Sunday and takes only 10 minutes to get to the centre of Plymouth.

Coach parking in Plymouth

There’s a few options for coach parking in and around Plymouth, all with easy access to the city centre:

LocationInformationPricing
Plymouth Pavilions, Millbay Road, Plymouth PL1 3LFPre-booking required by emailing enquires@theticketstore.co.uk
  • Up to 4 hours – £10
  • Over 4 hours – £15
  • Overnight – £20
Stagecoach South West, The Ride, Plymouth PL9 7JTHi-vis must be worn and coach keys given to Stagecoach Control Staff
  • Up to 12 hours – £25
  • Over 24 hours – £40

If you are just looking to drop off passengers, coaches have a few options when it comes to dropping passengers off near to the centre of Plymouth:

LocationRestrictions
Derry’s Cross Roundabout, PL1 1EU15 Minutes Maximum, 2 Coach Bays
The Barbican, PL1 2LR15 Minutes
Plymouth Coach Station, PL1 1HZPre-booking essential (01752 225635)

Motorcycle parking in Plymouth

Motorcycles are free to use any of the off-street car parks free of charge:

  • Elphinstone Road Car Park, PL1 2NU
  • Guildhall Square Car Park, PL1 2AD
  • Courtenay Street Car Park, PL1 1EP
  • Colin Campbell Court Car Park, PL1 1PZ
  • Mayflower Street Car Park, PL1 1QU

You should park in a dedicated motorcycle parking spot or if you find they are all full, you can use a car parking space instead.

Disabled parking in Plymouth

Blue Badge holders have a few options when it comes to parking in Plymouth. Most council run car parks don’t offer free parking to Blue Badge holders, but you can purchase a permit which costs £40 per year and allows you to park for free in the following car parks:

  • Elphinstone Road Car Park, PL1 2NU
  • Guildhall Square Car Park, PL1 2AD
  • St Andrew Street/Whimple Street Car Park, PL1 2AH

If you would rather park on-street, you can benefit from free parking at the following locations:

LocationRestrictions
Single Yellow Lines3 Hours
Residents Bays3 Hours
Disabled BaysUnlimited (unless road sign says differently)
Pay and Display BaysUnlimited

Residents permit parking in Plymouth

If you live in Plymouth where permit parking is enforced, you can purchase an annual permit for a cost of just £30. You will be required to show proof of residence and ownership of vehicle when you apply.

You can also purchase visitor parking permits in the form of books or annual permits, depending on your zone.

About Plymouth, UK

Plymouth is a city that is steeped in culture and a haven for those who enjoy being out on the water.

You are just a stones throw away from the Devon coastline if you are more suited to stepping our in the walking boots and looking to enjoy some stunning coastal views.

Whether you are local or visiting for a short break, Dartmoor National Park is a place where you can get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some stunning landscapes.

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 Plymouth: