Information about Parking in Southampton
Southampton lies on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire. Its location has made it an important trading port throughout its history. It is perhaps best known for being the port that RMS Titanic sailed from in 1912. Around one-third of those who perished when the ship sank were from the city.
The SeaCity Museum opened in Southampton in 2012 to mark the centenary of the Titanic’s departure from the port. The museum houses an interactive exhibition exploring the ship’s sinking, as well a section about the rich maritime and migration history of the city.
The city’s southerly, low-lying and sheltered location makes it one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the UK. It holds the record for the highest temperature in the UK for June at 35.6 °C, so holidaymakers looking for sunshine flock to Southampton in the summer months.
With so much to attract visitors, it’s no wonder that parking in Southampton can be a challenge, and Southampton city centre car parks can be expensive.
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Whether you’re planning a day trip or a week’s holiday; whether you’re a local resident or a regular commuter, YourParkingSpace can meet all your Southampton parking needs.
YourParkingSpace is an easy-to-use online platform that lets you reserve parking spaces in advance. With a wide choice of Southampton car parking available for prices as low as £3.75 a day, we make parking easy, so you can spend more time exploring everything Southampton has to offer. We offer options for both short and long term parking in Southampton, including hourly and weekly bookings. Parking made easy!
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Parking in Central Southampton
On-street parking in Southampton city centre can be especially complicated. This is because Southampton city centre parking is controlled by a Pay and Display Zone, which is in operation at the following times:
- Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm
- Sundays and bank holidays from 1pm to 6pm
These times of operation also apply to all single yellow line. No Waiting restrictions in the city centre, unless stated otherwise on the signs. Failing to adhere to parking rules can result in a fine.
There’s no need to risk that dreaded parking fine dropping through your letterbox. YourParkingSpace only offers parking spaces that you are entitled to park in, so you can park without stress, leaving you free to enjoy your trip.
YourParkingSpace has plenty of Southampton parking spaces to choose from, including:
- Long stay parking Southampton
- Short stay parking Southampton
- Overnight parking in Southampton
- Southampton city centre parking
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Southampton airport has its own car park, but especially if you’re planning on staying for a while, it can get a bit pricey. YourParkingSpace has plenty of spots available near the airport, at prices that won’t break the bank.
Southampton is home to two universities: the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University. Southampton Football Club, also known as ‘The Saints’, plays at St Mary’s Stadium, and yachting and other water sports are also popular due to the city’s coastal location. Music lovers can enjoy concerts at two large live music venues - Mayflower Theatre and the Guildhall - as well as at smaller venues like the Engine Rooms, The Talking Heads, The 1865, The Joiners and Turner Sims.
Southampton contains the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England, and is rich in history: as well as the SeaCity Museum, visitors can enjoy other museums, including:
- Tudor House Museum
- God’s House Tower
- Medieval Merchant’s House
- Solent Sky
Find cheap parking in Southampton within short walking distance of all these top attractions with YourParkingSpace.
Southampton is well-connected by road to the rest of the country. From the North, London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide access to the city centre, while from the West Country, Bristol and Wales, the A36 is the most direct route. From the East, take the A27/M27 and depart at Junction 8.
Book in advance with YourParkingSpace so your convenient Southampton parking space is waiting for you when you arrive.
Southampton Central railway station is served by direct trains to and from many cities across the country, including Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Leeds, Brighton and Manchester.
It takes one hour and 20 minutes to get to Southampton from London Waterloo.
Red Funnel ferry company provides two ferry services from the Town Quay area in Southampton to the Isle of Wight.
The city also has four cruise terminals.
Southampton is served by a network of electric vehicle charging points. You can find them in convenient locations across the city, including:
- Near Southampton Central station
- Near SeaCity Museum
- Near Southampton Port
- Near Westquay Shopping Centre
To find your nearest charging point, search your location on the government’s Go Ultra Low website.
The Blue Badge scheme is a national system of parking concessions for those with disabilities, whether they are the car’s driver or a passenger. Your Blue Badge lets you park closer to your destination, and free designated Blue Badge parking can be found at almost any car park in Southampton city centre, and in any of Southampton’s on-street parking areas.
If there isn’t a designated Blue Badge bay available when you arrive, you can park in any Pay and Display space without a time limit.
However, you are only allowed to park for three hours on double yellow lines. For more restrictions, check your handbook. Remember to always display your Blue Badge clearly, or risk a parking fine!
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
Overnight parking is allowed in any long-stay car park in Southampton. If you want to leave your car overnight, you must pay the day and evening charges for as long as you plan to park there. Depending on the car park, this could mean having to purchase multiple Pay and Display tickets in advance.
If this sounds like too much hassle, have a look on YourParkingSpace to see what overnight parking in Southampton is available tonight.
If you leave plans to the last minute, there’s no need to worry. You can reserve a driveway, parking space or garage to rent in Southampton at any time of the day or night - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can even book on the move by downloading our free app for Android and Apple.
If you own an unused driveway, underground parking space, or even a lock-up garage in Southampton, you could be using it to make some extra cash. List it on YourParkingSpace, set your price, and watch the bookings roll in - car parking in Southampton is in high demand!
Is parking free on Saturday in Southampton?
No, parking is not free on Saturdays in Southampton - the same restrictions apply as on weekdays.
Is parking free on Sunday in Southampton?
Southampton city centre parking is not free all day on Sundays - the Pay and Display Zone is in operation from 1pm to 6pm. However, outside these times, you may be able to find free on-street car parking in Southampton.
Is there free parking after 6pm in Southampton?
On Sundays, you may be able to find free on-street parking after 6pm, but on other days, the Southampton city centre Pay and Display Zone is in operation until 8pm.
Is it difficult to find a parking space in Southampton?
Southampton is a busy city, and the city centre is a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). This means that Southampton car parking can be difficult to find, especially if you’re on a budget.
If you’re tired of driving in circles looking for on-street parking, and you don’t fancy paying for one of the car parks in Southampton, why not book a space in advance with YourParkingSpace?
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Latest Southampton parking reviews
Perfect parking space. Used it as I was catching the train to Brighton for a day out there. Easy to find and nice tidy parking area. I felt that my car was very safe to be left there all day. I will use this car park again and recommend to family and friends too.Susan
Good for St Mary’s or the town centre. Got away quickly after the match. RecommendedKevin
Perfect! Thank you!!Nick
Directions on the email weren’t 100%. The buildings used as reference points were no longer there. The space designated had been taken, so used another. Other than that parking wasn’t a problem and a pleasant 20 minute walk to the quayside. Very good value.Tim
First class from Adrian even though we lost the footballl! We were even offered a cup of tea after. Nice walk to ground and it’s very busy by stadium so much less stressful. See you next season!Pete
Excellent value for money, lots of space and very easy transfer by cab or Uber to the cruise terminal. One word of warning, try to avoid parking under a tree. The birds in the area have a very healthy appetite!!Gary
Really easy to find. Would help if there was a house number on the space as it is behind the houses in an alley. Plenty of room to park. Would recommendMichael
The parking was great and of good value. The only issue was that we had trouble finding the entrance. In fairness there was a sign at the front of the building telling us to put another destination into the Sat nav which would lead you to the car park, however it would have been better to have this information before the journey. Despite this I would recommend parking there.Chris Gifford
Very easy to find, a short walk to the Redjet , staff were friedly and I had no issues when I extended my parking space for a further 48hrs.Emma
Lovely drive to park on. Easy walking distance to hospital. Will be recommending to colleagues.Karen