Free Parking in Reading

Free parking in Reading

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.

3 places to park for free in Reading (2024)

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

Loverock Road
Wilson Road
Brock Gardens

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

What to consider when 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

Cheapest all-day parking Reading

The cheapest car park in Reading is Premier Inn Reading Central, which you can book even if you are not staying at the hotel – but it must be pre-booked, you cannot just turn up.

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

Cheapest monthly parking in Reading

We found the cheapest monthly parking in Reading to be at Premier Inn Reading Central which costs £115 per month and you can book even if you are not staying at the hotel – but it must be pre-booked, you cannot just turn up.

You can use this car park 24 hours a day and come and go as you please during the day, although this must be pre-booked.

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, and 90 minutes at Whitley Street Car Park.

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

  • Thameside Promenade, Reading RG1 8EQ

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

  • Dunstall Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AY
  • Chester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH

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.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree ParkingDisabled Spaces
Kensington Road Car ParkKensington Road, Reading RG30 2SZ62Free for 2 hours2
Whitley Street Car ParkWhitley Street, Reading, RG2 0EQN/AFree for 90 minutesN/A
Thameside Car ParkThames Side Promenade, Reading RG1 8EQ62Free for 2 hours, free Saturday 5pm – Monday 8am2
Chester Street Car ParkChester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH60Free for 2 hours, free Saturday 6pm – Monday 8am2
Recreation Road Car ParkRecreation Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4UB80Free for 30 minutes, Sundays6
Dunstall Close Car ParkDunstall Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AY47Free for 30 minutes, free Saturday 6pm – Monday 8am3

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 parking for just £1, 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 TypePrice
Adult Single£2.30
Adult Return£3.50
5 People£5.50

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, you can park for free nearby at the following locations:

  • Loverock Road
  • Wilson Road
  • Brock Gardens

Free overnight parking in Reading

You can park for free overnight in Reading at the following council car parks, although a ticket still must be obtained:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Kensington Road Car ParkKensington Road, Reading RG30 2SZ625pm – 9am
Thameside Car ParkThames Side Promenade, Reading RG1 8EQ625pm – 9am
Chester Street Car ParkChester Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JH606pm – 8am

Alternatively, you can park for free overnight in Reading at the following on-street parking 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

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 £46 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.

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 Preston:

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