Information about Parking in Nottingham
You won’t be stuck for activities in Nottingham, from exploring the Sherwood Forest, the incredible history of Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle, or shopping and dining in vibrant Nottingham city.
With a great range of historic, creative, and picturesque sites in the city centre, Nottingham has lots to offer. However the parking landscape isn’t quite as welcoming. Car parks are often expensive, making it difficult for people to be able to travel by car into town on a regular basis. And although there are a variety of short, medium and long-term spaces across the city, long-term pay and display is not available in very busy locations, such as in the centre of Nottingham.
YourParkingSpace offers plenty of different off-street parking opportunities, including overnight parking Nottingham town centre. You can even park for cheap moments from the City’s top attractions, including parking in Nottingham Lace Market, near the National Justice Museum and close to the Old Market Square.
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Parking in Central Nottingham
It can be tricky to park in Nottingham city centre due to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). This means that every street has some kind of parking restriction at some point in time. Parking is free in Nottingham between 8pm – 8am outside of restricted hours. Nottingham street parking tariffs are divided into Zones 1,2,3. Zone 3 has cheapest parking, with 25p per half hour Monday – Saturday, and Zone 1 is £1 per half hour.
Parking restrictions to keep an eye out for include:
- Centrally located Pay and Display bays. These bays charge a minimum of £1 for street parking and this applies in all zones. There is no maximum stay limit.
- Double yellow lines, where you can't park
- Single yellow lines, where you can only park at some times, unless you are a blue badge holder. Be sure to check the signs when parking.
- Where there are chevrons on the kerb this means that no loading/unloading activity is allowed to take place.
You can only use a Nottingham parking permit to park in permit bays and shared permit and pay & display bays within your parking zone. Even with a resident permit, you cannot park in pay & display bays (within their hours of operation), loading bays, disabled bays, doctor bays, on single or double yellow lines or in suspended parking bays.
No one wants a Nottingham parking ticket! On the YourParkingSpace map, we make sure that we only offer parking spaces with no restrictions so you need no permit and can rest assured you won’t get any fines.
During your time in Nottingham enjoy the farmers market, fresh food and drinks in the newly renovated Old Market Square as well as the shopping hotspots at Intu Nottingham. Home to one of the acclaimed oldest pubs in the UK, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is great for a pint after taking in the sights or before heading to a concert at Motorpoint Arena or Royal Concert Hall.
If you’re looking to park near the Royal Concert Hall, the nearest car park is Q-Park, a three-minute walk from the venue. This car park charges £8, however, advance booking with the box office or over the phone reduces the rate to £5. Alternatively, head to the YourParkingSpace search-map for short, medium and longterm parking solutions where you won’t need to circle for a space.
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham parking has 700 spaces and is available from 5pm on the day of the event until midnight. Parking costs £10. On the YourParkingSpace map, a recommended place to park would be at Premier Apartments on Belward Street, where you can pre-book parking for your event for under £10.
There are also plenty of sights to choose from within a two-hour drive of Nottingham, given its central location within England. York, Beverley and Belvoir Castle are ideal destinations for a day trip from Nottingham, and are appealing to those with a flair for history. The Peak District is also a short drive away, perfect for long, fresh walks or even a dip in one of the lakes in summer! You can find walking routes for all the family available online to complement your day out. You can also check out the market town of Bakewell and the beautiful Chatsworth House. The legendary Sherwood Forest is also close to Nottingham, made famous by Robin Hood. And for a truly British seaside experience, head no further than Skegness.
Find great and convenient parking spaces in short walking distances to these unmissable attractions on our search results page.
Nottingham is easily accessible from most of England and is an ideal destination for a day trip given it can be easily reached from all corners of the country. Nottingham can be reached by the M1 from the London, which passes through Nottingham to the North, and the M6 from the West.
There are nine park and ride sites located across Nottingham with stops in the city centre as well as at all the major hospitals. However, if you’re coming into the city for more than a day, be careful as you cannot park overnight in the complex.
Nottingham is easily accessible by train, with quick trains to London and surrounding areas. The station is managed by East Midlands Trains which also operates many of the trains. CrossCountry and Northern trains also operate some trains from Nottingham.
There are over 200 charging points across the city as part of the Go Ultra Low Nottingham Project, and this number is growing.
A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website
Disabled parking in Nottingham is managed by the Blue Badge Scheme. A Blue Badge allows you to park in more places, often for longer times and for cheaper.
Many off-street car parks in Nottingham will offer disabled spaces, but these may be limited so check the signs before parking. You must make sure to use your Blue Badge time disk when parking.
Where you can use it
In general, you can use your badge for parking:
- on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading
- at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as you need to
- in disabled parking bays. You can find out which car parks have disabled parking bays by checking the car parks information on the relevant council website.
Where you cannot use it
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be in for a Nottingham parking fine, or have your vehicle removed.
Particular places where you must not park include:
- where a ban on loading or unloading is in force
- where parking places are reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays
- pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines
- clearways (no stopping)
- a bus stop clearway during its hours of operation
- an urban clearway within its hours of operation. You may only pick up or drop off passengers
- school 'keep clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
- Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks
- Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken)
- Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown by no-waiting cones or temporary signs.
Displaying your badge
Make sure the badge is facing upwards so that the details on the front can be clearly seen and it should be placed on the dashboard.
You will get a time clock with your badge which must also be displayed when you are parking on a parking restriction, such as a double or single yellow line. Many disabled bays also have time restrictions and you must check the signs before leaving your vehicle.
Displaying the badge and clock on your dashboard helps the Nottingham parking Enforcement Officers check that the badge is valid and that you have not exceeded the parking time.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
There are plenty of off-street car parks to choose from in Nottingham, which run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enter your dates and times into our search results page and you can find a space for a time frame and location that suits you.
In Nottingham on-street parking is cheaper on weekends, with a maximum daily charge of £2 a day. Charges are also likely to still apply on Bank Holidays, check local signage.
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How much is parking at Victoria centre Nottingham?
Intu Victoria Centre has two car parks with over 2,700 spaces including disabled and parent and child spaces. For up to two hours you can expect to pay £3.90, up to five hours £9.30 and for 7-24h you will pay £16. The night rate, from 5pm – 6am is £2. Blue badge holders park for free with a four-hour max stay limit. Make sure to park in the ‘blue’ section of the car park if you want 24h access to your car.
How long does it take to get a parking permit in Nottingham?
You can apply online for your parking permit, or go to your local council where it will be processed on the day. To renew existing permits you must complete your application 4 weeks before your old one expires. If you have lost your permit, once you have filled out the form online you can expect to receive a new one within five working days.
How much is a parking permit in Nottingham?
Parking permits cost £25 for each permit issued, and it is also £25 to replace if you lose your permit. There are also options to purchase a £70 permit for a three year period. A maximum of three is allowed per household. Permits are also free if you are a Blue Badge holder or are over 75 years of age.
How much is it to park at Nottingham train station?
Parking at Nottingham train station is free for under 30 minutes. The evening rate is £3.50 and there is a standard day rate of £9.00. Off-peak times differ, Monday – Friday 10:00 – 02:30 and Saturday – Sunday Anytime is £5.00. Parking for 1 Week costs £36.00, parking for 1 Month costs £120.00. For cheap and convenient parking solutions close to the station for short, medium and long term stay head to YourParkingSpace to pre-book when you book your train journey so you can be guaranteed to find a space at a budget that suits you.
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Latest Nottingham parking reviews
great parking site, very easy access into Nottingham city centre and great value. highly recommended!Christopher
Cheap & close to the Motorpoint arena. The space was occupied when we arrived so we parked in one of the other spaces, tried calling the owner, left a voicemail and a note in the car. The owner rang just before the show started in the arena as the owner of the space we now occupied had contacted him. He assured us that there wouldn’t be a problem and there wasn’t, but it was a little worrying. More information on where the entrance is would be useful and beware, it’s very tight especially getting out so I think you would have to be a very confident (or brave) 4 x 4 driver to attempt this one!Andy
Fantastic. Great location for the City Ground. Very safe, very quiet, superb communication!Matt
Used this facility for the 1st time on Easter weekend. It worked very well and I would definitely use it again. I found it difficult entering via the gate as there isn’t a drive so the car is on the main road whilst you’re entering the code to open the gate. Same for exiting but otherwise no complaints!Alison
Followed directions and easily found the car park. Unsure where to park so contacted the receptionist and who advised us our parking bays were between 35 and 51. Big bays so parked car easily. The car park is gated and very secure. The arena is less than a minute away, ideal no fuss and excellent service, will use again and will highly recommend.Mahmood
Very happy with where the parking space was right next to the arena. Only reason I gave 4 stars is the confirmation email with the address & postcode when I put it in the sat Nav it directed us to the wrong location. We will use againLouise
Very happy. Everything went smooth from arrival to departure. Code worked, spaces available. Secure parking. Would definitely use again. Thank you.David
Was easy to find but upon arriving there was no attendant to unlock gate and allow entry, paid in advance to not be able to park car was not what i expected. Took the decision to look for another parking space and found an alternative one at the Embankment pub which cost £5 would not recommend this one to anybody.Dennis
On the day it was great as one space left in the parking space bays. advised to use. . It wasn't clear however , given the information 'to use other bays if necessary ' whether a space in the advised bays was reserved? We ended up lucky and got a space but not sure I would use again give the uncertainty of a space being reserved in the given bays as there actually was no space in the alternative bays!Patricia
First class process. Good directions and cost effective alternative parking when staying at the Jury's or Premiere.Peter