Free & Paid Parking in Windsor

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This article was last updated in August 2023

Free Parking in Windsor

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Free, unrestricted residential street parking

Have you considered parking for free? Windsor isn’t exactly a cheap place to visit, so why not save yourself some money on parking? There’s nothing wrong with it, and as long as you park respectfully and sensibly, you won’t get into any kind of trouble.

Make sure you follow parking etiquette when using residential parking options. Try not to annoy any of the locals with any loud noises, especially at night. Although we keep this site up to date and double check everything, you should also have a look around for any newly enforced parking restrictions. Please remember not to block anyone’s drive way and give plenty of space for other parked cars.

We’ve made a full list of all of the parking options in Windsor, whether it’s free residential street parking or paid options. The following list of addresses are measured from the distances to Windsor and Eton Central Station. Please note, there aren’t many pay and display parking areas in Windsor.


If you’re driving up from Ascot or Egham in the south you’ll find plenty of free residential street parking options. We recommend walking through Vansittart Road Recreation Ground, and checking out the local BMX bikers and skaters doing their thing in the skate park. There’s also The Prince Albert restaurant bar if you fancy a quick bite to eat. Windsor’s a lovely little town, with lots of trees and charming old buildings, and it goes without saying that you should spend some time by the mighty river Thames.

  • Green Lane SL4 3SA – 1 mile
  • York Avenue SL4 3PD – 0.9 miles
  • College Crescent SL4 3PF – 1 miles
  • Elm Road SL4 3NB – 1.1 miles
  • Bulkeley Avenue SL4 3LY – 1.2 miles
  • Wood Close SL4 3JZ – 1.2 miles
  • Woodland Avenue SL4 4AG – 1.9 mile


Will you be heading into Windsor from the Reading direction in the west? Again, there are plentiful free residential street parking options. If you are a nature lover, you should definitely spend some time in the Sutherland Grange nature reserve, and take a stroll along the river Thames on your way to the centre. If you have kids that need to burn off some energy after the drive, the Rec Pirate Playground ought to be on your list of places to visit as you stroll towards the centre.
  • Mill Lane 4SL 5JG – 0.8 miles
  • Clewer New Town SL4 3QE – 1.1 miles
  • Saint Johns Road SL4 3QN – 1.2 miles
  • Carter Close SL4 3QX – 1.2 miles
  • Saint Johns Drive SL4 3RA – 1.2 miles
  • Buckland Crescent SL4 5JS – 1.4 miles
  • Longmead SL4 5QA – 1.8 miles

Free Car Park

The Clewer Memorial Recreation Park offers free round-the-clock parking and is open 7 days a week. 

  • Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground Car Park SL4 5BD

Free after 6pm / Overnight Parking

Windsor has a very limited number of pay-and-display streetside parking bays. The few that you will find, are largely clustered around Windsor Castle and the surrounding areas. Most of the streetside parking in Windsor is reserved for residents only.

  • Victoria Street SL4 1HE – 0.4 miles
  • Park Street SL4 1LU – 0.4 miles
  • Datchet Road SL4 1QE – 0.4 miles
  • Barry Avenue SL4 1QX – 0.2 miles
  • Clarence Road SL4 5BL – 0.8 miles
  • Bolton Avenue SL4 3JB – 0.9 miles 

Park and Ride

  • Romney Lock Park & Ride SL4 6HX – northeast of Windsor
  • King Edward VII Car Park SL4 6HX – northeast of Windsor
  • Legoland Hotel Car Park SL4 4AY – south of Windsor

Cheapest paid Car parks

If you’d prefer to have safety guarantees with better security, these car parks are all great options.

  • Windsor Leisure Centre Car Park SL4 5JB – £2.20 for 2 hours
  • East Berks College car park SL4 3AS – £2.30 for 2 hours
  • Alexandra Gardens Car Park SL4 3HY – £3.60 for 2 hours
  • Windsor Yards Shopping Centre SL4 1EF – £3.40 for 2 hours
  • Victoria Street Car Park SL4 1EG – £3.90 for 2 hours
  • Windsor Leisure Centre Car Park SL4 5JB – £2.20 for 2 hours

Free Short-Term Parking (2h or less)

You may use these free car parks, but make sure you get out before your allocated time is up to get out of paying any parking tickets.

  • Imperial Park SL4 3RU
  • Sutherland Grange SL4 5PJ
  • Tesco Superstore SL4 4JT

Free and Paid Parking Near Popular Windsor Locations

Free & paid parking near Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel

Free & paid parking near Windsor & Eton Brewery & Taproom

Visiting Windsor

With a population of only 34,000, Windsor is best known for being the home of the British royal family. As you’ll see, it’s a highly affluent area, in the county of Berkshire. It’s located exactly between the centre of London and Reading, and just across the river from the highly exclusive Eton Boys College, where future politicians learn their trades. With tuition fees of around £45,000, it’s the wealthiest college in the UK, producing the likes of David Cameron and Boris Johnson. If you’d like to know more, Eton Chapel is open to the public on Sundays between 2:30pm and 5pm.

Windsor Castle was planned and built by William the Conqueror in 1070, and it took 16 years to complete. Its site is strategically important because it sits on the river Thames, built on high ground. The walk up to the castle is truly magnificent and is also a really popular spot for photographers. It’s one of the oldest castles that’s still inhabited by a royal family, and it’s been home to the British Monarch for nearly 1,000 years. Because of the popularity of this majestic castle, looking like something from a fairy tale, Windsor also has an unusually large number of hotels and even has two train stations.

If you’re looking for a fun family day out, Legoland Windsor is absolutely brilliant, and jam-packed full of rides and wonderful creativity. It’s the largest Legoland in the world, built on the site of an old Safari Park. It features a staggering 40 million Lego bricks, and endless attractions. It’s so vast that it’s hard to take it all in for one day, and it’s genuinely interesting for all ages, and anyone with a creative mind. Like the castle, Legoland attracts an incredible 1.5 million tourists per year!

Fancy a flutter? The Royal Windsor Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and is 6 miles away from the castle. If you want to see some horse racing, remember to make sure you dress formally, as trainers and other informal sportswear are absolutely prohibited.

Even without including Legoland and its other tourist attractions, Windsor Castle attracts around one and a half million tourists annually, so finding free parking can be tricky. Read on for a full list of free and paid parking spaces and save yourself a lot of stress and bother.