Manchester Christmas Market Parking
Information about Parking in Manchester Christmas Market
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Manchester is a city in Northern England and has been most generally known to be England’s second city, behind London. Previously a dynamo of industry, now a main cultural focal point, widely notorious for its nightlife, vast libraries and undoubtedly it’s sporting history, in football particularly. It is a richly diverse city home to a melting pot of nationalities.
The award winning Manchester Christmas Markets showcase over 300 exquisitely adorned chalets and stalls, that are widespread throughout the city centre, making the whole of this vibrant city feel festive. Both Local and European producers come together to offer all that you could ever need for Christmas, showcasing everything from clothes, toys, jewellery, crafts and more.
Manchester’s Christmas Market is also celebrated for the traditional bratwurst, however, those calling in on the market can also sample delicacies such as the antiquated hog roast, the popular Spanish paella dish or the warming Hungarian goulash, alongside vegetarian and vegan options and those of a more sweeter kind.
The Christmas markets are open and free to all.
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Manchester Christmas Market Parking Statistics
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Parking at the Manchester Christmas Market
There are multiple car parks in and around the city centre, the list below notes down 10 car parks, followed by the postcode in areas within walking distance of the Manchester Christmas Markets and each vary in price and length of stay:
- Abingdon Street, (M1 6DD)
- Aquatic Centre,(M13 9SS)
- Arena car park, (M3 1LE)
- Arndale Centre, (M4 1EY)
- Bloom Street, (M1 3LY)
- Bridge Street, (M3 5HH)
- Bridgewater Hall,( M15 4PS)
- Chepstow Street, (M1 5JN)
- Chester Street, (M1 5GE)
- China Town, (M1 4EE)
On Street Parking:
In conjunction with spaces in car parks, there are some pay and display bays providing on street parking. These are run from Monday to Sunday (in all zones) from 8am to 8pm. These same rules are applicable to that of zone 4, excluding weekends, where parking can be paid for, for the full weekend.
Zone one and two has a maximum stay of 2 hours and the charges are as follows below:
- up to 30 minutes - £1.50
- up to 1 hour - £3.00
- up to 1 hour 30 minutes - £4.50
- up to 2 hours - £6.00
- up to 30 minutes - £1.45
- up to 1 hour - £2.90
- up to 1 hour 30 minutes - £4.30
- up to 2 hours - £5.80
The maximum stay is 3 hours and charges are as follows:
- up to 30 minutes - £0.60
- up to 1 hour - £1.25
- up to 1 hour 30 minutes - £1.85
- up to 2 hours - £2.50
- up to 2 hours 30 minutes - £3.10
- up to three hours - £3.70
10 hours maximum stay excluding weekends, charges are as follows:
- up to 30 minutes - £0.50
- up to 1 hour - £1.00
- up to 3 hours - £2.50
- up to 6 hours - £5.00
- up to ten hours - £7.50
- all weekend (Sat and Sun) - £10.00
For more information on the different zones in the Manchester City centre area, check out the Manchester City Council.
Oxford Road and Salford central are train stations that lie closest to the market’s focal point in Albert Square. Both being around a 10 minute walk away and is 0.5 miles in distance.
Stations Victoria and Deansgate are also within range of Albert Square, no more than 15 minutes. With Victoria Station being the nearest to the markets in Cathedral Gardens.
Those coming into Manchester Piccadilly are 1 mile in distance away and vary between a 18 minutes and 10 minute wander to Albert Square and Market Street markets.
National Rail provides a more detailed journey and route planner, along with tables for in and around Manchester.
The Shudehill Interchange, which is the home of Manchester’s main bus station is 0.3 miles in distance or a 5 minute walk from markets in Albert Square.
A full list of buses and timetables are accessible from Transport For Greater Manchester .
Three free buses serve the Manchester City Centre area, all of which go by countless locations of the markets. The orange and green line runs every six minutes from 7am to 6pm during the week and in 10 minute intervals from 6pm to 9pm where the service stops. Every 6 minutes 8am to 7pm Saturdays and every 10 minutes from 10am to 6pm on Sundays:
Metroshuttle 1 (orange line): This service runs between Piccadilly station and Spinningfields via Albert Square and King Street.
Metroshuttle 2 (green line): Runs its service among Victoria, Oxford Road and Shudehill stations via Deansgate, the Cathedral Gardens and Exchange Square.
Metroshuttle 3 (purple line): The service runs from Piccadilly and Salford Central train stations passing through Albert Square. During weekdays from 7am to 7pm in 10 minute intervals and on Saturdays from 8am to 7am every 10 minutes. There is no service on a Sunday.
For more details about any journeys or specific routes, visit the Metrolink website for more details.
The city Centre where the Manchester Christmas Markets are held are 7.6 miles away from Manchester Airport, which provides transport links such as buses, shuttles and taxis.
Disabled Parking at the Manchester Christmas Market
There is disabled parking accessible to those who require it, follows is a list of the closest bays/spaces for holders of the blue badge, in (brackets) is the distance from the markets:
Mount Street - seven bays (0.1 miles)
Queen Street/Lincoln Square - one bay (0.1 miles)
Cheapside - two bays (0.1 miles)
Spring Gardens - one bay (0.1 miles)
St Ann Street - four bays (0.1 miles)
To search for a specific disabled car park that is closest to Manchester Christmas Markets, see the Blue Badge Parking website.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in and around Manchester and the Christmas markets. The closest ones to Manchester Christmas Markets are:
- The Lowry Hotel
- Stanley Street NCP Carpark
A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
There is no charge after 8pm and before 8am in any of the on street parking spaces (pending no other restrictions) in all zones. As well as no charge during bank holidays for the use of the bays. Those who are Blue Badge Holders, are able to park for free on all on street parking in the city centre. During the weekend in zone 4, you are able to pay for a ticket allowing you to park there for the entirety of the weekend.
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Where is it best to park for Manchester Christmas Market?
There several options available, with King Street West, Manchester Central and Salford Stanley Street car parks all within a short walk from the market stalls. However, it is recommended that you use public transport or arrange alternative parking for visiting the market.
Can I bring my dog to the Manchester Christmas Market?
Yes, you can bring your dog along, however they are not allowed in any bars or in any of the market sites.
What is there to eat at the Manchester Christmas Market?
The Christmas market is full of mostly European cuisine, with a large emphasis on German delicacies.
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Latest Manchester Christmas Market parking reviews
Really easy. Spaces are a bit tight (Audi A4 only just fit between the lines) but no problems and would use again.James
Excellent location, cost effective & relativity secure. The car park is next to the Premier Inn, and you will need to leave you car as the keypad to enter is on the side of the gate.Alex
It's very cheap car park but the spaces are very tight.Mahmoud
It's a good location for a good price but the car park itself is a bit difficult to drive around as the pillars are close together. Several spaces are also too narrow for most cars as the pillars overlap the lines. Because of COVID we had to walk out of the car exit instead of the personnel access through the REGUS building so be aware of that.Richard
Narrow space but safe and shelteredHitesh
Have used this facility in Piccadilly Manchester twice now and it’s very convenient and easy to use. They are also the cheapest. Excellent service which I will use time and time again. Thank youPaul
Great location in the centre of Manchester. Could not get out of the car park through normal pedestrian door as nobody seemed to be there to give us access to the doors - maybe because of lockdown - so had to use the car roller door to exit the carpark and get in again into the carpark. Very tight carpark so tricky for long cars.Nicholas