Information about Parking in Cowes
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Cowes is a seaport town on the Isle of Wight in the UK. Cowes sits on the west bank of the River Medina, opposite the town of East Cowes which sits on the east bank. A floating bridge, chain ferry, connects the two towns.
Cowes is most famous for Cowes Week, the oldest and largest sailing regatta in the world. The regatta takes place in August and sees tens of thousands of visitors and sailors alike flock to the event. Cowes is also home to the Royal Yacht Squadron, founded in 1815, which is regarded as the home of international yacht racing.
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Parking in Cowes
On-Street Short Stay Parking
Pay and display parking for up to two hours is available on St Mary’s Road in Cowes.
Long Stay On-Street Parking
Pay and display parking for between 1 to 24 hours is available on Cowes Parade. Parking charges are applicable all year round on Cowes Parade (pay by phone reference 84006), while parking on Cowes Esplanade (pay by phone reference 84000) is seasonal, coming into effect between March 1st and October 31st. Both Cowes Parade and Cowes Esplanade accept tourist permits, resident zone parking permits, and disabled badge holder permits.
Short Stay Off-Street Parking
The Cross Street car park offers parking between 8am and 6pm, 7 days a week with a maximum stay of 2 hours. There are 69 parks, 5 disabled, 1 motorcycle.
Charges 8am to 6pm, up to 1⁄2 hour/60p, 1⁄2 hour to 1 hour/£1.00, 1 – 2 hours/£2.00, 2 – 3 hours/£2.90, 3 – 4 hours/£3.80, 4 – 5 hours/£4.60
Long Stay Off-Street Parking
Brunswick Road and Mornington Road car parks provide parking for 30-40 vehicles, with Brunswick Road providing 2 designated disabled parks and 1 motorcycle park. Tourist and resident permits are permitted. Charges apply 7 days a week including bank holidays, between 8am and 6pm.
Charges: Up to 1 hour/£1.00, 1-2 hours/£2.00, 2-4 hours/£3.40, 4-6 hours/£4.50, 6-10 hours/£6.60
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Getting to Cowes
By Ferry: Cowes is served by a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry from Southampton operated by Red Funnel, known as the Red Jet.
By Bus: The main bus service for Cowes is the Southern Vectis’ route 1, which connects Cowes to the other Isle of Wight towns.
By Train: The Island Line train service connects Ryde Pierhead with Shanklin, going across the east coast of the island. It links with passenger ferry services, providing a through service to London Waterloo.
Disabled Parking in Cowes
Disabled badge holders may park for free for 3 hours at the Cross Street car park and 8 hours at the Brunswick Road and Mornington Road car parks.
To see a map with all disabled bays close to Cowes, visit the Blue Badge Parking website.
Need a boost? Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in the Cowes area. You will find these at:
- Cross Street Car Park (PO31 7TA)
- Mill Hill Road (PO31 7EJ)
- Mimosa Lodge Bed & Breakfast (PO31 8DW)
Book in advance with YourParkingSpace and remove the stress of finding that elusive charging station. A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Parking is free between 6pm and 8am at the Cross Street, Brunswick Road, and Mornington Road car parks. Make sure to check parking signage to avoid fines.
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How many people attend Cowes Week?
Approximately 100,000 people attend Cowes Week in August on the Isle of Wight.
Where is the Royal Yacht Squadron located?
The Royal Yacht Squadron clubhouse is at Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight, UK.
How can I get to Cowes?
Cowes is best accessed from Southampton on the “Red Jet”, a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry, operated by Red Funnel.
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Latest Cowes parking reviews
The owner of the space sent me a video showing me where to park and how I could access the permit required. Very clear instructions . Thank youSarah