Information about Parking in Manchester
There is no doubt Manchester City has lots to offer!
Manchester is one of the UK's major cities, with a population of over half a million people, with the wider Manchester area having a population of over 2.5 million.
Top attractions include Old Trafford, the Science and Industry Museum, and The Lowry with its waterside arts program. There is also plenty to see and do around the central retail district, where you’ll find a thriving theatre scene as well as shops and local businesses. Much of the on-street parking is limited to residents’ parking zones, making it tricky for commuters to drive into the city every day. Parking spaces are in demand throughout the city, both contract parking spaces and short-term spots, including overnight parking.
Many of the central car parks in Manchester are overpriced, making them undesirable for commuters, and for those who wish to dive into town regularly. Finding a parking space can be a challenge.
Book in advance with YourParkingSpace to ensure a hassle-free parking experience, and you can save time and money. It’s even easier to secure on-demand parking with our free app.
YourParkingSpace offers an affordable parking service with many different locations readily available across the city, including around the city’s two main stadiums, The Etihad and Old Trafford, as well as near Manchester Piccadilly.
Both long term and short-term parking is available with our hourly and weekly booking options. YourParkingSpace is available 24 hours of the day, so you won’t be left in the dark searching for a free space.
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Parking in Central Manchester
Parking in Manchester City centre can be difficult, due to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), which operates within the inner relief road between 8am – 8pm Monday to Sunday. Within the CPZ, generally, you can find Pay and Display parking with varied time restrictions.
Parking restrictions to look out for are:
Pay and Display bays where you can stay for 1,2, 4 or 10 hours. In Zones 1 and 2 you can park for two hours max. In zone three you can park for three hours max. In Zone 4 you can park for 10 hours max.
Single yellow lines, where you can only park at some times. Be sure to check the signs when parking on these
Kerb flashes showing loading restrictions
Double yellow lines where you cannot park
On-street parking is provided by pay and display bays which operate between 8am – 8pm, Monday – Sunday in all Zones. In Zone 4, you can pay for parking for the entire weekend.
In the rest of the Manchester City Council Area, parking restrictions are mostly found on bus routes and main roads to keep the traffic moving at the busiest times, as well as around shopping areas to provide parking for shops. Restrictions in residential areas make schools, junctions and crossings safer.
On the YourParkingSpace map, we make sure that we only offer parking spaces that you are entitled to park in! This way you’ll encounter no restrictions, no permits, and most importantly no unexpected fines!
Parking around Manchester Airport is highly desirable. For cheap, safe and convenient parking spaces, both long stay and short stay, visit our Manchester airport page.
Manchester is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and today the city’s character is vibrant, diverse and rich in history. While the centre is full of bars, shops, museums, galleries and theatres, the surrounding areas of Manchester offer market towns, pubs and pretty green spaces. It is the ideal destination to be explored by car, on foot or by bike. City highlights include the arenas: Old Trafford and The Etihad, as well as Chester Zoo, and the shopping near Manchester Piccadilly. Beyond the city, day trips can be taken to rolling fells of The Peak District and Lake District, to Liverpool City or to Yorkshire.
Other popular attractions in the city centre include Manchester Art Gallery, Showcasing internationally renowned exhibitions of fine art, design and costume; Manchester Arndale, with all the latest high street fashion; and The Science and Industry Museum, housing the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station.
Find great and convenient parking spaces in short walking distances to these unmissable attractions on our search results page.
Manchester is easily accessible from London area from the M1, and then north on the M6 just before reaching Birmingham. If you carry on the M6 you can reach Scotland and the North in a few hours from Manchester.
There are plenty of Park and Ride options across the city, including access by Train, Tram and Bus.
Northern Railway operates from Manchester Piccadilly, and there are trains to Manchester Airport from the station every 10 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly. Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest station, and there are also popular services that run from Manchester Victoria Station, which hosts local and regional services, and Oxford Road which serves the southern part of the city centre.
There are charging ports for electric vehicles across the city centre, and the primary network is GMEV and their site provides a map of the places for charging.
A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
As you may already know, that Blue Badge allows you to park in more places, for longer, and often free of charge!
Many off-street car parks in Manchester will offer disabled spaces, but these may be limited and all car parks are different, so check the signs before parking.
With a valid Blue Badge, you can park on:
Any on-street pay and display space, no maximum stay and free of charge. This also applies to resident parking permit restricted areas.
Any on-street space labelled with the Blue Badge sign. Check signs as some spaces may be limited to 3 hours.
Double and single yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading. Again, check local signs for any additional local restrictions.
Any on-street limited waiting bay, all day.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
Don’t panic, many overnight off-street car parks in Manchester run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enter your dates and times into our search results page and find a space fast, before it gets dark.
On Bank holidays and Sundays, parking is free in any on-street pay and display space within the Central Parking Zone.
Have you considered making a bit of extra cash from your empty Manchester parking space? Anyone who lives in a location that is relatively close to the city centre, or near one of the stadiums, will be able to make money easily from hiring their private parking space. It takes only moments to list your space for free and you could be earning an easy extra income in no time.
Where can I park my car in Manchester overnight?
A recommended place to park is Medlock Street. The spaces are available 24 hours on all days. Medlock Street offers excellent short term parking for anyone travelling from Deansgate or Manchester Oxford Road both located a 5 minute walk away. 1.2 miles from Manchester Piccadilly station and 0.8 miles from the city's Opera House. It's also a 10-minute drive from the Trafford Centre shopping and leisure complex. The spaces are suitable for vehicles up to the size of a Large - (4x4). On-site there is CCTV and Security Lighting.
What time is parking free in Manchester?
In zone 1, you can park for free from 8pm until 8am, Monday to Sunday. There is no charge for parking on a Bank Holiday.
Is pay and display free on Sunday?
In Manchester there is controlled on-street parking between 8am – 8pm Monday to Sunday, so there is no free parking on a Sunday. Pay and display bays have time restrictions, depending on the Zone. In Zones 1 and 2 you can park for two hours max. In zone three you can park for three hours max. In Zone 4 you can park for 10 hours max, and you can pay for parking for the entire weekend.
Where can I park near Old Trafford Stadium?
Parking on Warwick Court in Stretford is available for daily or monthly use and is a 15 minute walk to Old Trafford & Manchester United FC. There are also convenient spaces near Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Parking spaces are located on Furniture Warehouse in Manchester. The spaces are suitable for vehicles up to the size of a Large - (4x4). The car park is always manned for up to 4 hours prior to any event, and there is a Coffee Shop and toilet facilities on site.
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Latest Manchester parking reviews
easy to find but we are familiar with manchester anyway - luckily had a screen shot of our booking on my phone as unable to access emails on my phone - the lad could have just checked our registration plate tbf but hey ho. will use again as easy and confirms a parking spotEmily Jane
Wasn’t very easy to find, we drove around a few times in a circle trying to locate it. Security was good, parking spaces generous but bit tight trying to manoeuvre around as there a stone pillars everywhere. Would use again thoughLaura
Easy process good communication throughout very easy to find and park will use againAndrew
Really easy to find and great location for our hotel. Would definitely use again.Stacey
Great find. Very easy to get to, and great location. We stayed at the holiday inn, 2 mins walk, and also close to Picadilly station where the free bus service runs from. Would highly recommend. The pin keypad is located on the left hand side of the barrier as you arrive.Leah
Good secure parking, just difficult to find. Would use again now know where it isGillian
Good location for the arena or train station. Easy to find. Called the number on the account as it looked full when I arrived the the gentleman on the phone was super polite and helpful. Would recommend!Stephen
Upside....Easy to find but next to another car park so check yr in the right place.... intercom access if yr in the right place. Down side...Uneven surface ....loads of pot holes and a bit of a free for all in terms of parking bays! Good value tho.Judith