Free Parking in Reading, UK

If you are familiar with Reading, you will know that parking, and most definitely free parking in Reading can be difficult due to the restrictions, so we show you the best options for free parking in Reading without restrictions.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Reading
  • Where to park for free in Reading
  • Cheap parking options in Reading
  • Free council car parks
  • Free on-street parking in Reading
  • Park and Ride sites in Reading
  • Free parking near Reading Station
  • Free overnight parking in Reading
  • Coach parking in Reading
  • Residents parking in Reading
  • About Reading

What to know about parking free in Reading

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 Reading, 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 Reading, UK

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

  • Loverock Road
  • Alma Street
  • Dorset Street
  • Wilson Road
Free Parking in Reading
Loverock Road, 1 Mile

Loverock Road is located just 1 mile outside of Reading town centre and there’s plenty of free parking spots available. Located in an industrial area, there is free parking alongside the entrance roads, but park considerately as larger vehicles will be using this road regularly.

Cheap Parking in Reading

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 Reading for as little as £4 per day, which can reduce the cost drastically, particularly if you are looking for monthly parking.

Free car parks in Reading

You can park for free in Reading for 2 hours at both Thameside Promenade Car Park and Kensington Road Car Park.

You can park for free on weekends in Reading at the following car parks:

  • Thameside Promenade, Reading RG1 8EQ
  • Chester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH
  • Recreation Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4UB
  • Dunstall Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AY

Free for 30 minutes:

  • Chester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH
  • Recreation Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4UB
  • Dunstall Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AY

There are also a few privately owned car parks in the centre of Reading that offer free parking.

Free for 20 minutes:

  • Multi-storey car park Reading Station
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingDisabled Spaces
Kensington Road Car ParkKensington Road, Reading RG30 2SZ62Free for 2 hours2
Thameside Car ParkThames Side Promenade, Reading RG1 8EQ62Free for 2 hours, free Saturday 8am – Monday 8am2
Chester Street Car ParkChester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH60Free for 30 minutes, free Saturday 8am – Monday 8am2
Recreation Road Car ParkRecreation Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4UB80Free for 30 minutes, free Saturday 8am – Monday 8am6
Dunstall Close Car ParkDunstall Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AY47Free for 30 minutes, free Saturday 8am – Monday 8am3
Reading Station Multi Storey Car ParkVastern Road, RG1 8BT1,600Free for 20 minutesYes (unknown spaces)

Free street parking in Reading

There are several on-street parking locations in Reading that offer free parking during certain times of the day. If you’d rather not use a secure car park or one of the recommended free parking spots, you can park for free at the following on-street locations:

StreetAddressFree Parking
Alfred StreetRG1 7LJ6.30pm – 8am and Sundays
Temple PlaceRG1 6QL6.30pm – 8am and Sundays
London StreetRG1 4PS8pm – 8am and Sundays
South StreetRG1 4QU8pm – 8am and Sundays
East StreetRG1 4AW8pm – 8am

Reading Park & Ride Sites

There are three park and ride sites around Reading, allowing you to take advantage of cheap parking, especially if you are visiting for a longer period of time or you are commuting from the local villages.

Park and Ride SiteAddressTime to ReadingUse For
Madejski Stadium Park & RideRG2 0FL10 minutesStation Road, Market Place
Winnersh Triangle Park & RideRG41 5RD20 MinutesMinster Street, Friar Street, Market Place
Mereoak Park & RideRG7 1PB20 MinutesReading Station, Market Place

Reading Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Price
Adult Return (includes parking) £4.50
2Together (includes parking for 1 car) £6.00
Adult Single £2.50
Group (up to 5 people + parking for 1 car Monday to Friday) £6.00

Free parking near Reading Station

Reading Station does offer 20 minutes of free parking, but this is mainly used for pickup and drop-off. If you are travelling by train out of Reading, use one of the free parking spots below to save on hefty parking charges:

  • Loverock Road
  • Alma Street
  • Dorset Street
  • Wilson Road

Is overnight parking available in Reading

Overnight parking is best at one of our recommended free parking spots as well as at some council car parks:

  • Cattle Market, Great Knolly’s Street, Reading RG1 7HN – £2.10 6pm-8am
  • Hills Meadow, George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DH – £2.50 6pm-8am
  • Kings Meadow, Napier Road, Caversham, Reading RG1 8DF – £2.50 6pm-8am
  • Chester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH – £1 6pm-8am

Residential parking in Reading

If you are a resident in Reading 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.

Prices for a one year permit start at £42 for the first permit but there are discounts available depending on your profession. Visitor passes are also available to purchase.

About Reading, UK

Reading might be known across the UK as the home to one of the biggest festivals in the country, but there is so much more to Reading to explore.

There’s plenty of history to be found in this popular commuter town, from Reading Abbey to Reading Town Hall & Museum.

The River Kennet is also a focal point of the town, offering a solace from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. It’s popular with walkers and boaters. Just slightly North of the town is the River Thames which takes you on some more scenic walks out of the town itself.

If retail therapy is more your thing, the Oracle Shopping Centre is the place to be, with plenty of high street names under one roof. You can also enjoy one of the local eateries to recharge and relax after a busy day shopping.