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
4.6 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
The location for us was ideal, quite a lot of cars but still plenty of space, barriers raised without giving us a ticket, but no hassle as it reads your registration, a great spot handy for everything.Karl
Highly recommend, for value and location. Ideal for Piccadilly station. I was slightly concerned that I wouldn't be able to get out at the end of my stay, as the email reminder from YPS said to take a ticket on the way in when the entry barrier lifted using ANPR and I only read this when I already on the train! But no need for a ticket, the exit barrier lifted automatically, as the entry barrier had done. Great system!Claire
Easy to use.Adam
Great location if you are heading in to central Manchester, easy to find and plenty of space. It's an open space rather than a structure but that has its own benefitsTom
First time using, was let down at the last minute by another car park, this place was less than half price, ideal location, just be aware there is roadworks out side but still easily found, already booked againDavid
Really easy to find. Barrier recognised the reg plate and easy to enter and exit. Not far from the centre of Manchester. Would definitely use again :)Olivia
The car park is so close to city center , Arena and 1 minute from Travelodge Arena Central . The owner was absolutely nice and helpful . I recommend this car park for everyone .Nagy