Free Parking in Southampton

Southampton is a popular port town on the South Coast of England, so if you’re visiting for the day, or even longer, find the best free parking spots in Southampton without restrictions for a stress free trip.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Southampton
  • Where to park for free in Southampton
  • Free Parking near University of Southampton
  • Free council car parks
  • Cheap parking options in Southampton
  • Overnight parking in Southampton
  • Free disabled parking in Southampton
  • Coach parking in Southampton
  • Motorhome parking in Southampton
  • Residents parking in Southampton
  • About Southampton

What to know about parking free in Southampton

When parking, ensure you park your vehicle considerately:

  • Ensure you don’t block any driveways
  • Park across one bay only
  • Don’t double park
  • Look out for newly installed parking signs

Here are our list of available free parking in Southampton, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days.

Where to Park for Free in Southampton

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

West of Southampton:

  • Imperial Avenue
  • Albany Road
  • Dyer Road
  • Nelson Road

North of Southampton:

  • Northlands Road (North end)
  • Norcliffe Road
  • Gordon Avenue
  • Westwood Road
  • Winn Road

Free Parking near University of Southampton

If you are visiting or even studying at the University of Southampton, the on-site parking charges can soon add up, but there’s plenty of free on-street parking spots within a 15 minute walk of the campus. The University of Southampton is around 2.5 miles out of Southampton city centre so our other recomended free parking spots might be too far from the university, so you can use these locations instead:

  • Langhorn Road
  • Portswood Road
  • Aster Road
  • Butterfield Road
  • Pointout Road

Free car parks in Southampton

You can park for free in Southampton on Sunday’s before 12pm and after 6pm at the following car parks:

  • Castle Way Car Park
  • James Street Car Park
  • Compton Walk Car Park
  • Bedford Place Car Park (Multi-Storey)
  • College Street Car Park
  • Harbour Parade Car Park
  • Eastgate Car Park (Multi Storey)
  • Gloucester Square Car Park
  • Albion Place Car Park
  • Commercial Road Car Park
Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Castle Way Car ParkSO14 2DD76Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
James Street Car ParkSO14 1PH16Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Compton Walk Car ParkSO14 0BH35Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Bedford Place Car Park (Multi-Storey)SO15 2ZT289Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
College Street Car ParkSO14 3DZ168Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Harbour Parade Car ParkSO15 1BA64Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Eastgate Car Park (Multi Storey)SO14 3HH709Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Gloucester Square Car ParkSO14 2GH90Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Albion Place Car ParkSO14 2BN52Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm
Commercial Road Car ParkSO15 1GD11Sundays: before 12pm and after 6pm

Cheap Parking in Southampton

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

Overnight parking in Southampton

If you don’t want to use one of our recommended free parking spots in and around Southampton, you can park in most council run car parks after 6pm on Sundays only. If you are parking on any other day of the week, you can pay the evening charge of £2 which is applicable between 6pm and Midnight. If you are parking on a Saturday night, parking charges don’t start until 12pm on Sunday, so you don’t have to rush back to your car.

Car ParkAddressSpacesEvening Parking
Castle Way Car ParkSO14 2DD76Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
James Street Car ParkSO14 1PH16Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Compton Walk Car ParkSO14 0BH35Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Bedford Place Car Park (Multi-Storey)SO15 2ZT289Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
College Street Car ParkSO14 3DZ168Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Harbour Parade Car ParkSO15 1BA64Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Eastgate Car Park (Multi Storey)SO14 3HH709Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Gloucester Square Car ParkSO14 2GH90Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Albion Place Car ParkSO14 2BN52Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday
Commercial Road Car ParkSO15 1GD11Free after 6pm on Sundays, £2 Mon – Saturday

Disabled parking in Southampton

Blue Badge Holders can park at the following pay and display on-street parking locations in Southampton free of charge with no time limit:

Inner Zone (Red)

  • Park Walk Commercial Road
  • Grosvenor Square
  • Bedford Place
  • Carlton Crescent
  • Bellvue Road
  • Asylum Road
  • Kings Park Road
  • London Road
  • St Mary’s Street
  • Palmerston Road
  • East Street
  • Canal Walk

Outer Zone (Green)

  • Rockstone Place
  • Morris Road
  • Henstead Road
  • Wilton Avenue
  • Queen’s Way
  • Threefield Lane

Coach parking in Southampton

If you are travelling to Southampton by coach, you should know where to park before you set off.

There is a dedicated coach parking area at Mayflower Theatre coach park which has room for 4-5 coaches who can park for up to 10 hours free of charge. For smaller buses such as Minibuses, you can park for free for up to 10 hours at the following loacations:

  • Palmerston Road (SO14 1NH)
  • Herbert Walker Avenue (SO15 1HJ)

Motorhome parking in Southampton

If you travel to Southampton by Motorhome, you can park at the following location, which has no height restrictions:

  • Harbour Parade long stay Car Park, SO15 1BA

You must park in the dedicated oversized parking bay when parking your motorhome in this car park. It is also not permitted to sleep in your motorhome whilst parked up overnight.

Residential parking permits in Southampton

If you are a resident living in one of Southampton’s permit parking areas, you can apply for a residents parking permit. Costs range from £30 to £100 for the year, depending on the area you live. To apply for a Resident Permit you will need proof of address and proof of vehicle ownership.

About Southampton, UK

Southampton is located on the South Coast of England and is steeped in history. The port city has structures dating back to the Medieval times, with plenty of architecture to take in.

If you’re looking for entertainment, there’s no shortage in Southampton, with plenty of high street shops to explore and restaurants to sample.

If you’re visiting as a family or live locally, there’s plenty of activities to enjoy with the little ones, as well as plenty of free things to do, including visiting Southampton Common, walk the city walls and head off on the Titanic trail.

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 Southampton: