Free & Paid Parking in Bristol

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Free and Paid Parking in Bristol

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Free, Unrestricted Residential Streetside Parking

One way to park for free in Bristol is to use residential streets. Usually this would be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the city, and it would take a lot of driving around and looking for streets with available space. We’ve compiled a list of all of the streets with free parking opportunities below, including postcodes and their distance from the city centre. The list is divided into directions you may approach Bristol from, to help you find the most convenient options.

Remember that people live and work in these streets. Keep noise to a minimum, particularly in the evenings, don’t park on double yellow lines or over driveways, and be sure to double-check for any signage on the street with parking rules, if any.

North Bristol

Parking in the north of Bristol is ideal for the more creative tourist. The walk to the city centre will take you through the artsy Gloucester/Cheltenham Road, a bright cornucopia of street art, eccentric people, quirky bars, and cuisine from all over the world – all in one place!

  • Lower Ashley Road BS5 0YL, 1.2 miles
  • Cromwell Road BS6 5HB, 1.4 miles
  • North Road BS6 5AJ, 1.4 miles
  • Belvoir Road BS6 5DQ, 1.4 miles
  • Chesterfield Road BS6 5DU, 1.4 miles
  • Horley Road BS2 9TL, 1.4 miles
  • Burghley Road BS6 5BN, 1.5 miles
  • Oxford Place BS5 0NR, 1.5 miles
  • Cambridge Park BS6 6XN, 1.9 miles
  • Downleaze BS9 1LY, 2.3 miles
  • Julian Road BS9 1NQ, 2.3 miles
  • Ivywell Road BS9 1NX, 2.4 miles
  • Cossins Road BS6 7LY, 2 miles

East Bristol

Anyone between Bath and London will find these streets most convenient to park in. No matter which direction you come from, these eastern streets are the closest you can get to the city centre without having to pay. Keep your eyes peeled for Banksy paintings on your walk to town!

  • Barton Manor BS2 0RL, 0.8 miles
  • Saint Philips Road BS2 0JS, 0.9 miles
  • Sussex Street BS2 0RA, 1 mile
  • Folly Lane BS2 0RH, 1 mile
  • Days Road BS2 0QS, 1.1 miles
  • George Jones Road BS2 0QP, 1.1 miles
  • Chancery Street BS5 0AA, 1.3 miles
  • Lincoln Street BS5 0BJ, 1.4 miles
  • Peters Terrace BS5 0BW, 1.4 miles

South Bristol

Parking in the south of Bristol is one of the better ways to get close to the city centre including the famous waterfront, the bustling shopping quarter, and several entertainment venues including the Hippodrome and o2 Academy. You will also be nearer to Brunel’s SS Great Britain and Brandon Hill.

  • William Street BS3 4TY, 1 mile
  • Richmond Street BS3 4TH, 1.1 miles
  • Green Street BS3 4UA, 1.1 miles
  • Stevens Crescent BS3 4UJ, 1.2 miles
  • Gladstone Street BS3 3AY, 1.5 miles

West Bristol

The west side of Bristol is a more convenient place to park for those coming over from Wales or the West Country. It’s a bit more of a walk to the centre, but you will pass the famous College Green and M Shed, the independent theatre on the waterfront, on your way.

Park on the west of the city if you want to visit the swanky Clifton neighbourhood, including the marvellous 101-metre-tall Clifton Suspension Bridge. You will also be closer to the Bristol Zoo and the Clifton Observatory.

  • Burwalls Road BS8 3PT, 2.3 miles
  • Bannerleigh Road BS8 3PF, 2.3 miles
  • Paxton Drive BS3 2BE, 2.4 miles

Getting free parking on residential Bristol streets does come at a kind of cost – time and effort. The walk into the centre may be difficult for the elderly, disabled people, and small children. It can also take some time to find available space and there are no guarantees that you will get one.

In the West of Bristol you will also find the Bristol Airport, which has lots of parking options.

Free Overnight Car Parks in Bristol

Don’t fancy the idea of leaving your car streetside overnight but don’t want to pay a fortune for parking either? Check out this list of car parks that offer free overnight parking. 


  • Diamond Street BS3 3LF – Free between 5pm and 9am
  • Little Paradise BS3 4NE – Free between 5pm and 9am
  • Hereford Street BS3 4NA – Free between 5pm and 9am
  • Sheene Road BS3 4JE – Free between 5pm and 9am
  • Ducie Road BS5 0AF – Always free, Max stay 3h Mon-Sat 8am-6pm
  • The Mall, Cribbs Causeway BS34 5DG

Bristol Park and Ride

A great way to save on parking is to make use of Park and Ride services. While this often requires leaving your car in a secure parking lot a few miles from your destination, Park and Rides typically offer parking at a low enough price to justify the inconvenience and price of the transport ticket. 

  • Long Ashton Park & Ride BS3 2HB – Southwest of Bristol | 2h Free parking
  • A4 Bath Road Park & Ride BS4 5RU – Southeast of Bristol | 2h Free parking
  • Portway Park & Ride BS11 9QE – Northwest of Bristol | 2h Free parking
  • Brislington Park & Ride BS4 5RU – Southeast of Bristol | Free all-day parking

Cheapest Paid Parking Options near Bristol City Centre

If you would rather have the convenience of parking near the centre of Bristol, there are paid options that are closer to main attractions. The prices can be very high in some places, so we’ve compiled a list of paid car parks with the cheapest rates, including postcodes to help you find them easily.

  • Wapping Wharf Car Park BS1 4RH – £2.50 for 2 hours
  • The Galleries BS1 3XD – £3.40 for 2 hours
  • Trenchard Street Car Park BS1 5AN – £5.00 for 2 hours
  • The Grove Car Park BS1 4RB – £5.00 for 2 hours
  • Portwall Lane Car Park BS1 6AL – £5.00 for 2 hours
  • West End Car Park BS8 1EH – £5.00 for 2 hours
  • Frog Lane Car Park BS1 5UY – £5.00 for 2 hours
  • College Street Car Park BS1 5AF – £5.00 for 2 hours

Pre-planning your trip to Bristol can make driving into the city much cheaper. Using the information we’ve provided, you can find a free or cheaper parking space and save up to £20+ every single day!

Free and Paid Parking Near Popular Bristol Locations

Free Parking Near Bristol City Centre & Waterfront

Free Parking Near Clifton Suspension Bridge

Free & Paid Parking Near Bristol Cabot Circus/Shopping Quarter

Free & Paid Parking Near Bristol Temple Meads Station

Free & Paid Parking Near Bristol Zoo

Visiting Bristol

Bristol is a city in the southwest of England with a population of over 700,000 people. Sitting upon the Avon River, the city began as an important port and has a rich maritime and industrial history. Bristol has a rich blend of architectural styles – from the Georgian elegance of Clifton, to the Brutalist post-war buildings of the 1950s.

Nowadays, Bristol is a well-known hub for the arts, particularly street art. Bristol is also the most culturally and ethnically diverse city in the southwest, with 50 countries of origin identified in 2015. This has caused an incredibly varied number of restaurants and street food stalls to spring up, making Bristol the perfect spot for foodies too.

As with most cities in Britain, Bristol can be a challenge to drive into. One of the main issues people face is affordable parking – parking in city centres can add up and become extremely costly. It can also be very difficult to find available spaces, considering that Bristol and its surrounding areas see around 20 million tourists per year!

If you need to stay overnight in Bristol and want easy parking options, you can check out our guide on Bristol hotels with parking.