Parking in Chester – The Ultimate Guide

Parking in Chester

Looking for parking in Chester? Well this is the best place to see were to park in and around Chester, as this guide will be covering every option so you can take the stress away of finding parking in Chester…

Chester is a historic city popular with shoppers and those visiting for a short break, so finding parking near to the city centre might be important.

In this guide, we’ll show you where to park, how to find free parking and show you the cheapest parking options in and around Chester. 

Parking in Chester – everything you need to know

Ok, let’s get straight into it. If you’re visiting Chester by car, whether that’s for work, an event or you are just looking to do some retail therapy, you will want to arrange parking before you go to keep the trip as stress free as possible.

Let’s get straight to the good stuff…

Free Parking in Chester

This is one of the most popular queries, whether you are visiting Chester for a weekend or just need to nip into the shops for a couple of hours. Chester does have free parking spots in and around the city, it’s just knowing where they are. You can expect a 10-20 minute walk from our recommended free parking spots into the centre of Chester.

You can park for free at the following locations:

  • Derby Place
  • Vicarage Road
  • Halkyn Road
  • Dicksons Drive
  • Grange Road
  • Cousens Way
  • Wordsworth Crescent
  • Mayfield Road

Parking in Chester City Centre

Although its more difficult to park at close to the city centre as possible, it’s made easier thanks to on-street parking options and public car parks near the city centre.

Here, we’ll cover all the options available for parking in Chester, from on-street parking to renting driveways to save money.

Chester on-street parking options

Chester has a few options if you’re looking for on-street parking near to the city centre.

On-street parking charges do apply:

LocationCharging HoursMax Stay
City Road8am to 6pm (Mon – Saturday): £1 per hour
2pm to 6pm (Sunday): £1 per hour
6pm to 9pm (Mon – Sunday): £1
2 Hours
Foregate Street8am to 6pm (Mon – Sunday): £1 per hour
6pm to 9pm (Mon – Sunday): £1
1 Hour
Brook Street6pm to 9pm (Mon to Sunday): £1N/A

Where to find cheap parking in Chester

There’s a few options if you are looking for cheap parking in Chester:

Weekend parking

We recommend using the on-street parking locations during the weekend as these are one of the cheapest options. If you’d rather use a public car park, Brook Street Car Park is the cheapest option at just £1 per hour.

Rent a driveway

A relatively new way to find cheap parking in Chester is to rent space on a driveway, particularly if you are looking to park long term. By using this method, you can find cheap parking in Chester from as little as £4 per day, a much more cost effective way than paying hourly rates.

Purchase a season ticket

If you commute into Chester regularly for work, you can save money by purchasing a season ticket. Season tickets mean you only have to purchase the ticket a couple of times a year as opposed to daily and you can expect to pay between £900 and £1,200 for a 12 month ticket.

Chester Park and Ride sites

Chester has three park and ride sites that allow you to visit the city without forking out for expensive parking charges. Parking at the park and ride sites is free, with just the cost of the bus (£2) into Chester needed.

  • Boughton Heath (off the A41 Whitchurch Road – nearest postcode CH3 5QD)
  • Upton (Zoo – nearest postcode CH2 4BB)
  • Wrexham Road (off the A483 opposite Chester Business Park – nearest postcode CH4 9QD)

Where to find Blue Badge parking in Chester

Chester offers free parking for up to 4 hours for Blue Badge holders at the following locations:

  • Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3JJ
  • Hamilton Place, Chester, CH1 2BG

If you have a microchipped Blue Badge, you can park at the following car parks for free, for up to 4 hours:

  • Dial West Cheshire, Shopmobility Service, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3JH 
  • Dial House, Hamilton Place, Chester, CH1 2BH
  • The Forum, Chester, CH1 2HS

Blue Badge holders can also park for on yellow lines for up to 3 hours, but it’s important not to obstruct any driveways or pedestrian crossing areas.

Where to find motorcycle parking in Chester

Motorcycles are permitted to park in any council owned car park for free as long as they are parked within a marked bay. Dedicated motorcycle parking is available at Hamilton Place, Chester (CH1 2BG).

  • Garden Lane Car Park
  • Delamere Street Car Park
  • Frodsham Street Car Park
  • Market Place Car Park
  • Hamilton Place Car Park
  • Trinity Street Car Park
  • Watergate Street Car Park
  • Little Roodee Car Park
  • Brook Street Car Park
  • Walker Street Car Park

Coach parking in Chester

There is designated coach parking available at Little Roodee car park, Chester, CH1 1SL, near Chester city centre (which also includes minibuses and motorhomes).

Prices and restrictions

  • Up to three hours – £5.50
  • Three to six hours – £8
  • Over six hours – £10
  • Arrivals after 6pm – £5

Alternatively, you can pay £10 which allows re-entry throughout the day. Make sure to select the oversized vehicle option at the ticket machine.

Safest bike parking in Chester

The best place to park bikes in Chester is the railway station, where there has been significant investment in recent times. There are now over 150 double decker bike racks as well as CCTV so you can leave your bike with complete peace of mind.

If you don’t want to leave your bike at Chester railway station, here’s the list of bike racks across Chester.