Free Parking in York – A Comprehensive Guide for 2022/23

Free Parking in York is possible; let me tell you that straight off. Even though you may think that parking your vehicle in the city of York is a Shambles. It is not;

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Read this article so we can get you parked up quickly, for free, so you can start enjoying the stunning sights the city of York has to offer.

Key Take Aways

Where Can You Park in York for Free?

Here are the roads in York city centre, where you can park free: Heslington Road, Barstow Avenue, Alma Grove, Argyle Street, Finsbury Street and Butcher Terrace

What to know about Parking for Free in York City

There is no difference in things to keep in mind when using the free parking spots in York, than in any other town or city in the UK. Still, It is still wise to remember to do this checklist when parking for free in and around York, UK

  • Double check it is Free Parking – Check for signs
  • Park close to the kerb
  • Don’t block driveways, entrances or doorways
  • Be polite to the locals
  • Check your car is locked

If you don’t feel safe leaving your vehicle in a location. Follow your gut, and move. Don’t risk it.

Where to Park for Free in York

Roads in York with free parking and near to the city centre are: Albemarle Road, Sutherland Street, Railway Terrace, Wilton Rise, Heslington Road and Barstow Avenue

Where Can you Park in York?

There is a range of places you can park in York, from very central paid car parks to the further out and slightly cheaper car parks. To pay on-street parking bays, but in this article, we share with you great tips on where to find free parking near all the main spots and attractions. So read on, and don’t miss out

Free Parking near York Railway Museum

Kingsland Terrace, Garfield Terrace, Hanover Street East, Bromley Street and Carnot Street are all roads with Free Parking near to York Railway Museum

Roads with Free Parking nearest to York Railway MuseumApprox. Walking time
Kingsland Terrace14 mins
Garfield Terrace15 mins
Hanover Street East15 mins
Bromley Street 16 mins
Carnot Street17 mins

Free Parking near York Minster

There nearest roads to York Minister with Free parking are Scarborough Terrace, Grosvenor Road, Pembroke Street, Huntington Mews and Albemarle Road. All of which are within a 20-minute walk to and from York Minster

See the chart below showing more details of walking times to each of these roads with free parking

Roads with Free Parking nearest to York Minster

Roads with Free Parking nearest to York MinsterWalking time to York Minster
Scarborough Terrace13 mins
Grosvenor Road14 mins
Pembroke Street17 mins
Huntington Mews17 mins
Albemarle Road20 mins

Free Parking near York Train Station

There is free parking near York Train station on, Railway Terrace, Saint Paul’s Terrace, Wilton Rise, Grosvenor Road and Albemarle Road. All these roads are within a 2o minute walk from York Railway station. See the Chart below for more details

Roads with Free Parking nearest to York Train Station

Free Parking near to York Railway Station, UK
10-minute walk from St Paul’s Terrace to York Train Station
Roads with Free Parking nearest to York Railway StationApprox. Walking time
Railway Terrace9 mins
Saint Paul’s Terrace10 mins
Wilton Rise10 mins
Grosvenor Road20 mins
Albemarle Road20 mins

How do you Pay for Parking at York Train Station?

To pay for parking at the York train station car park, you first need to have the APCOA Connect App downloaded to your phone. Then use location code 2500 to pay for the period of time you parked
Download the APCOA Connect App Here:

Car Park Prices at York Train Station

DurationPremium Parking
Lower Floor by the station steps
Discounted Parking
Up to 1 hour£3.00£2.50
1 to 2 hours£6.00£5.00
2 to 6 hours£11.50£8.00
6 to 24 hours£14.50£11.00
Saturday & Sunday
Up to 24 hours
n/a£6.00
Click Here to see the Premium season Parking ratesClick Here to see the Premium season Parking rates

Free Parking near York Dungeons

The nearest locations with free parking nearest to York Dungeons are Heslington Road, Saint Clement’s Grove, Alma Terrace, Alma Grove and Albemarle Road. All of these roads are between a 15 to 22-minute walk from York Dungeon
Roads with Free Parking near York DungeonsApprox. walking time
Heslington Road15 mins
Saint Clement’s Grove16 mins
Alma Terrace16 mins
Alma Grove18 mins
Albemarle Road22 mins

Free Parking near York Theatre Royal

The locations with free parking nearest York Theatre Royal are Heslington Road, Saint Clement’s Grove, Alma Terrace, Alma Grove and Albemarle Road. All of these roads are between a 15 to 21-minute walk from York Theatre Royal
Free Parking Spots nearest to York Theatre RoyalApprox. walking time
Heslington Road15 mins
Saint Clement’s Grove16 mins
Alma Terrace16 mins
Alma Grove18 mins
Albemarle Road21 mins

Free Parking near York Hospital

The locations with free parking nearest to York Hospital are Filey Terrace, Pembroke Street, Ratcliffe Street, Grosvenor Road and Cromer Street. All of these roads are only a 1 to 3-minute walk from York Hospital
Free Parking near York HospitalApprox. walking time
Filey Terrace1 min
Pembroke Street1 min
Ratcliffe Street1 min
Grosvenor Road3 mins
Cromer Street3 mins

How much is the Parking at York Hospital?

1-2 hrs £4.402-3 hrs £6.603-4 hrs £8.804 hrs or more £9.90.

For full prices for York hospital car park, see the chart below

York Hospital Car Parking PricesPrice
up to 1 hour£2.20
1 to 2 hours£4.40
2 to 3 hours£6.60
3 to 4 hours£8.80
4 hours +£9.90

Free Parking near York University

The nearest roads with free parking near York University are Barstow Avenue, Garrow Hill Avenue, Siward Street, Lamel Street and Norman Street. All of these roads are only a 7 to 11-minute walk from York University
Roads with Free Parking near York UniversityApprox. walking time
Barstow Avenue7 mins
Garrow Hill Avenue8 mins
Siward Street9 mins
Lamel Street9 mins
Norman Street11 mins

Can you Park at York University?

You can use the on-campus car park at York University as a student with a Student Parking permit. Visitors can use the Pay and display machines in the short stay car parks, and Staff will need a valid parking permit to park in the staff car park. York University is encouraging everyone to leave their cars at home and use sustainable means of transportation, like buses, electric vehicles, cycling or e scooter.

Qualifying for a student parking permit

To qualify for a student parking permit to use York University Car Park, you will need one of the following

  • limited accessibility
  • Live outside the York Outer Ring Road
  • Are you a Halifax College resident
  • Live in couples accommodation
  • Are resident in family accommodation
  • Are one of these qualifying student types: Health Sciences, Hull York Medical School, PGCE, MA Social Work, undergraduate Masters in Social Work (MSoCW), BA Social Work 3rd Year.

Sourced from York Uni / Student parking permits page. See here for more details.

Free Parking near York Crown Court

Free Parking near to York Crown Court, York, UK

Where is the nearest places to find free parking near York Crown Court?

The nearest roads to York Crown Court with Free Parking are Heslington Road, Kilburn Road, Alma Grove, Alma Terrace, and Edgeware Road. All of these roads are within a 20-minute walk from York Crown Court, so don’t be late

See the chart below for more details

Roads with Free Parking near York Crown CourtApprox. walking time
Heslington Road14 mins
Kilburn Road16 mins
Alma Grove17 mins
Alma Terrace17 mins
Edgeware Road18 mins

Free Car Parks in York

Yes, there are free car parks in york, Can you believe it? But, your pessimism is just as they do all have a catch, some are businesses that offer free parking to their customers. Others are free Park and Ride car parks then you need to pay to get a bus into the centre.

There are also so council car parks that allow overnight parking for free when there day time restriction traffic finishes for the day.

Car Parks in York that are FreeThe CatchApprox. walking time to York Centre
Nuffield Health York Hospital
YO31 8TA
Need to be a patient or visitor44 mins
Morrisons
YO24 3BZ
Customers OnlyOver 60 mins
Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride
Car Park A, B & C
YO30 5XZ
Need to pay for the bus into and from York CentreN/A
Grimston Bar Park & Ride
Car Park A, B, C & D
YO19 5LA
Need to pay for the bus into and from York CentreN/A
Askham Bar Park & Ride
YO24 1LW
Need to pay for the bus into and from York CentreN/A
Monks Cross Park & Ride
YO32 9JU
Need to pay for the bus into and from York CentreN/A
Designer Outlet Park & Ride
YO19 4TB
Need to pay for a bus into and from York CentreN/A
Poppleton Bar Park & Ride
YO26 6QF
Need to pay for a bus into and from York CentreN/A

York Park & Ride Sites

There are 6 Park and Ride car parks equally spaced out around the outer ring road of York city. Combined the Park and Ride successfully serves to remove over 5000 cars a day from the cobbled street Sambles of York city centre.

Does York have Park & Ride?

There are six Park and Rides that serve York city and they are Designer Outlet, Askham Bar, Poppleton Bar, Rawcliffe, Grimston Bar, Monks Cross
Park and Ride Sites in YorkLocated to YorkSpaces
Monks CrossNorth East800
Grimston BarEast920
Designer OutletSouth600
Askham BarSouth West1100
Poppleton BarNorth West600
Rawcliffe North/ Noth West1000

Free On-street Parking in York

For such an old city, the York council have been moderate with restricted parking zones. This is very helpful for finding Free on-street parking near to York Centre and its main attractions.

Where is the best free on-street parking in York, UK?
The closest Free on-street parking to York City centre are Heslington Road, Saint Clement’s Grove, Alma Terrace, Alma Grove and Albemarle Road
Roads with Free On-street Parking in YorkApprox. walking time York Dungen in Central York
Heslington Road15 mins
Saint Clement’s Grove16 mins
Alma Terrace16 mins
Alma Grove18 mins
Albemarle Road22 mins

To be navigated direct to the best Free parking spot in York for you, Download this helpful Free Parking in York Map. Finding free parking just got easier

Free Overnight Parking in York

If you look hard enough, you can find roads where you can leave your car overnight with needing to pay. We have looked hard and wide for you and the following roads will serve you well

Where is there free overnight parking in York, UK?
You can park overnight for free in York on Heslington Road, Aldreth Grove, Grosvenor Road, Railway Terrace and Bright Street
Roads with Free Overnight Parking in YorkLocated to city centreApprox. walking time to central York
Heslington RoadSouth East15 mins
Aldreth GroveSouth17 mins
Grosvenor RoadNorth21 mins
Railway TerraceWest22 mins
Bright StreetNorth West23 mins

Free Disabled Parking in York

York has offered much-disabled parking bays in the best and most accessible locations. But first, to be allowed to use them without getting a parking ticket, You will need to apply for a blue Badge. Right, let’s assume you have done that hand

Where is the Free disabled parking in York?
Armed with a clearly displayed Blue Badge on your dashboard, you can park for free in York at all of their council-owned car parks, as well as on-street parking. You can also park for up to 3 hours on both single and double yellow lines. There are also 6 disabled bays centrally located on Tower St and Piccadilly
Free Disabled Parking in YorkNumber of Bays
All York Council Run Car ParksN/A
All Paid on-street ParkingN/A
Badge holders may park on single or double
Up to 3 hours only
N/A
Tower street6
Piccadilly
after 11 am only
6

Free Motorcycle Parking in York

Where is the Free Motorcycle Parking in York, UK?

There are 10 motorcycle parking locations in York where you can park your bike for free. The most central are: Cumberland Street, Piccadilly, Dennis Street, Tanner’s Moat and Foss Bank Car Park. Collectively these of 36 free motorcycle bays in York for you to use.
Free Motorcycle Parking Bay in YorkNumber of BaysLocking Rail
Cumberland Street8No
Piccadilly6No
Dennis Street8Yes
Tanner’s Moat8Yes
Foss Bank Car Park6No

Coach Parking in York

Where is the Coach Parking in York?
There are now 2 official free coach parking locations in York, and these are Union Terrace Coach Parkin the North and St George’s Field Coach Park in the south. There are also 3 official rendezvous points to drop off and pick up your passengers. These are on Foss Bank, near York Minster, Leeman Road, by the train station and Fawcett Street near York Castle
Free Coach Parking Spots in YorkCharges ApplyPublic ToiletsCouch Bays
St George’s Field Coach Park
St Georges Field
Tower Street
YO10 4AB
NoYes27
Union Terrace Coach Park
Union Terrace
Clarence Street
YO31 7ES
NoYes35

Coach drop off and pick up points in York

Of course, before you can park your couch, you will need to drop your passages off in the centre of town. York has 3 drop-offs and Pick-up Rendezvous for couch drivers to use from.

The 3 Coach Rendezvous points in York are:
  • Foss Bank – Minster
  • Leeman Road – Train station
  • Fawcett Street – Castle

Free Motorhome Parking in York

Can I Park a Motorhome in York?
Apart from some large bays on Foss Islands Road, your only other option to park your motorhome in York for free is to use the Grimston Bar, Designer Outlet, Askham Bar or Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride car parks on the outskirts of York. Please note, you are not allowed to park your motorhomes in the Park and Ride car parks overnight
Free Motorhome / RV Parking in YorkLocated to York
Grimston Bar Park and RideEast
Designer Outlet Park and RideSouth
Askham Bar Park and RideSouth West
Rawcliffe Bar Park and RideNorth/ Noth West
Foss Islands Road, YO31 7UP
A limited number of Large bays
East

Cheap Car Parks in York

Without knowing how long you plan to park in a car park in York, I can not give you an accurate answer without advising you to see the ‘Cheapest 4, 8 and 24 hour Car Parks in York’ section just below here. But I can still hear you asking.

Where is the Cheapest Car Park in York?

The cheapest overall car park in York is James Street Car Park on 6 James Street, York YO10 3WW. Priced at £2.20 for up to 2 hours then only £3.70 up to a 24-hour stay

Cheapest 4, 8 and 24 hour Car Parks in York

To get the most accurate answer to the cheapest car park in York have split our query into 4, 8 and 24-hour stays. The quickest answer to this question is:

These are the cheapest Car Parks in York:

James Street Car Park for up to a 4 or 24 hours stay. But Fishergate car park is the overall cheapest car park for an 8-hour stay. See the charts below for more details

Cheapest Car Parks in York for a 4-hour Stay

Cheapest Car Parks in York for a 4-hour StayPriceApprox. walking time to the city centre
James Street£3.7026 mins
Barbican Road£3.9523 mins
Layerthorpe£4.8016 mins
15 Priory Street£5.0015 mins
All Saints RC School£5.0015 mins

Cheapest Car Parks in York for an 8-hour Stay

Cheapest Car Parks in York for an 8-hour StayPriceApprox. walking time to the city centre
Fishergate £3.0022 mins
James Street£3.7026 mins
Haxby Road£5.5031 mins
Barvican Road£5.9523 mins
Layerthorpe£6.0016 mins

Cheapest Car Parks in York for a 24-hour Stay

Cheapest Car Parks in York for a 24-hour StayPriceApprox. walking time to the city centre
James Street£3.7026 mins
Fishergate£6.0022 mins
Barbican Road£9.9523 mins
Blossom Street£10.0024 mins
15 Priory Street£1215 mins

On-Street Parking in York City Centre

You can use the on-street parking bays in central York City on the following roads: Skeldergate, Carmelite Street, Lawrence Street, Lord Mayor’s Walk and North Street. As well as Walmgate, Terry Avenue, Piccadilly, Priory Street, Toft Green and Tanners Moat,

To Pay for these on-street parking bays in York, you must use the RingGo app and pay there.

Download the RingGo App Here:

Roads in York with On-Street Parking Bays

Once you have the RingGo App working on your phone and registered, Use the RingGo Codes shown on the chart below and on the named street and parking machines to make your payment.

Roads in York with On-Street Parking BaysRingGo
Code
Piccadilly27724
Tanners Moat27726
Carmelite Street27720
North Street27723
Skeldergate27725
 Terry Avenue27725
Lord Mayor’s Walk27722
Lawrence Street (2-hour max time)27721
Walmgate (2-hour max time)27729
Toft Green27729
Priory Street
PLEASE NOTE: Charges on Sundays do not start until 1.00 pm
27727

See below for the RingGo prices and options.

RingGo Charges for York On-Street Parking

Duration of stayPriceMinster Badge Holder ConcessionPay by phone with RingGo
Up to 1 hour
8.00am to 6.00pm
£2.50£2.50£2.40
1 to 2 hours
8.00am to 6.00pm
£5.00£5.00£4.80
2 to 3 hours
PLEASE NOTE: 2 or more hours of parking is only permitted after 3 pm
£7.50£7.50£7.20
Evening Parking
Starts 6 pm to midnight
£3.00£1.00£3.00

Free Car Parks in York

There are car parks in York where you can park for free. But, this is either the council-owned car parks that allow free parking late at night. Or business-owned car parks that offer free parking to their customers.

The business car parks in York that offer free parking are Nuffield Health York Hospital on Haxby Road, YO31 8TA and Morrison’s, 4 Front Street, YO24 3BZ

Car Parks that have Free Parking

For the car parks in York offering Free parking and to see when they are free, see the chart below

Car Parks in York and when they are FreeFree TimesApprox.
Spaces
Coppergate Centre
Piccadilly
York
YO1 9NX
7 pm to 8 am276
Bishopthorpe Road
35 Bishopthorpe Road
York
YO23 1NA
6 pm to 8 am39
Monk Bar
3 St John’s Street
York
YO31 7QR
12 am to 8 am only235
St. George’s Field
Castle Mills Bridge
York
YO10 4FH
12 am to 8 am only150
Nunnery Lane
York
YO23 1AA
12 am to 8 am only175

Residents Parking in York

As much as there is free on-street parking dotted around the city of York, if the road that your home is on has restricted parking bays, it means you are eligible as a resident for a resident parking permit.

The first thing you will need to do is go to the York.gov website and find out your zone by finding your address on the Map of ResPark zones. Once you know your zone you can then choose what permit you need and the length you wish to pay for the permit.

Now you need to apply for your York Parking permit, It can all be done online now at www.york.gov.uk/apply-for-a-parking-permit

Once you do get your Permit through the post, be sure to securely stick it to the pavement side of your front car window on the inside. You will get a ticket without it.

About York

York has dealt very well with modern life and the exploding popularity of the automobile. Founded over 2000 years ago, York was originally designed and started as a Roman fortress with high walls overlooking the junction of the River Foss and River Ouse, while protecting the narrow cobbled streets within. Today these old streets are called the Shambles and are a must-see if visiting York today.

Two thousand years on, York is a bustling city with a population of just over 215,500 residents, but a whopping 8.4 million visitors per year. A tourism rate that is said to just keep growing.

Things (I love) To Do in York

There’s many different flavours to York and what I mean by that is if I was visiting on my own, I would do one thing and yet with a family I would do another. So here are all my recommendations depending if I go it allows or with others:

Things I would Do in York if I was visitingAttraction
Solo / First Timer to YorkCastle Howard
Bike Tour
York Art Gallies
as a CoupleCastle Howard
Bike Tour
with FriendsBike Tour
Comedy Horror Show – Ghost Bus tour
York Dungeon
with FamilyComedy Horror Show – Ghost Bus tour
York Dungeon
Harry Potter Tour
Bike Tour
Self Steer Boat Rental

If you are in Yorkshire for a good few days, and fancy making more of a road trip of your time why not consider visiting other nearby locations like Whitby, Scarborough, Leeds or Harrogate.

We hope this article has helped you get parked up safely and cheaply if not completely free. Have a great time in York

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