Free Parking in Plymouth

Free Parking in Plymouth

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.

10 places to park for free in Plymouth (2024)

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

North of Plymouth

Lydford Park Road
Inverdene
Westbourne Road
Trelawny Road

West of Plymouth

Stuart Road
Valletort Road
Palmerston Street

East of Plymouth

South View Terrace
Kinross Avenue
Kelvin Avenue

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

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

Cheapest all-day parking in Plymouth

We found the cheapest car park in Plymouth to be McCauleys Health & Sport car park, which you can book even if you are not a customer – but it must be pre-booked.

You book this car park all day (9am – 5pm) for just £5, so it’s a great option for commuters or those visiting Plymouth for the full day.

Cheapest monthly parking in Plymouth

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Plymouth to be McCauleys Health & Sport car park, which costs £100 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, although this must be pre-booked.

Free parking 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 take advantage of 2 hours of free parking at Napier Terrace car park between 8am and 8pm (you must obtain a ticket from the machine).

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

  • Plymouth City Market Car Park
  • Guildhall Square Car Park
  • Western Approach Car Park
  • Napier Street Car Park
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking Times
Guildhall SquareGuildhall Square, PL1 2AD4210pm – 8am
Western ApproachWestern Approach, PL1 1AJ88110pm – 8am
Plymouth City MarketCornwall Street, Plymouth, PL1 1PS6510pm – 8am
Napier StreetNapier Terrace, PL4 6ER2992 hours free and between 8pm – 8am

Free street parking in Plymouth

If you’d rather park in an on-street parking bay instead of a secure car park, parking is no longer free, but you can park at the following locations which are close to the town centre for just £2.20 overnight (between 9pm and 9am):

StreetAddressCheap Parking
Zone 1, 2, 3, 4PL1 1NF9pm – 9am

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£2.00
 Adult Return£5.20
George Park and RideAdult Single£2.00
 Adult Return£5.20
Milehouse Park and RideAdult Single£2.00
 Adult Return£5.20

Free overnight parking in Plymouth

You can use the following car parks to park for free overnight in Plymouth between the hours or 10pm and 8am:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking Times
Guildhall SquareGuildhall Square, PL1 2AD4210pm – 8am
Western ApproachWestern Approach, PL1 1AJ88110pm – 8am
Plymouth City MarketCornwall Street, Plymouth, PL1 1PS6510pm – 8am
Napier StreetNapier Terrace, PL4 6ER2992 hours free and between 8pm – 8am

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
Stagecoach South West, The Ride, Plymouth PL9 7JTHi-vis must be worn and coach keys given to Stagecoach Control StaffUp 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 in Plymouth 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.

    You to park for an additional hour 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 £45. 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:

    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.

    Amber

    Information was last updated on January 10th, 2024