Parking in Canterbury is difficult and expensive at the best of times.

Most of the council-run car parks charge between £1.70 and £1.90 per HOUR 07:00-21:00.  The Park & Rides at Sturry, Wincheap and New Dover Road will set you back £3.50 per day and buses run 07:00-19:30, but don’t operate on Sundays. If you live near the city centre and have friends to stay, parking a car for the weekend can be a nightmare.

So GoMunkee has put together parking hacks which will save you money and/or make your day less stressful.

Free parking

  • Sainsbury’s at Kingsmead for 2 hours – just enough time to nip into town, walking along the river.  Camera-operated 24-hour restrictions, with no return within 4 hours.

  • Waitrose – 1.5 hours’ free parking.  You can park for free in the outside car park at night with no time restriction, from 20:00.

  • Morrisons/Boots at Wincheap – 1.5 hours – 24-hour operation, so no return for 4 hours.

  • It’s free to park all weekend at Canterbury City Council’s offices in Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW.

Cheap as chips parking

Making a quick getaway

  • Don’t park in Pound Lane or St Radigund’s if you’re going to the theatre (or getting back about 10:00 pm).  You’ll have to queue at the slowest ticket machines, and then join the log jam getting out.  At peak times, it can take 25 minutes just to get on the road.  It’s also difficult to find a space after 18:00.  Park instead, at Castle Row car park in Castle Street – always loads of spaces, pay beforehand and get away fast.  It’s a 10-minute walk to the Marlowe.,

Weekend parking hacks

  • It’s free to park all weekend at Canterbury City Council’s offices in Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW.

  • Canterbury College, New Dover Road

    Park on the college campus for £2 a day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.  Secured, 24-hour car parking, five minutes’ walk from town.  All day is any time of the day or night.

  • Canterbury East Railway Station is a bargain for weekend parking: On Saturdays, it’s £2.80 for the whole day (cheaper than Park & Ride).

    Sundays and Bank Holidays, it’s £1.00 for the day.

    Canterbury East is just a short walk over the bridge into Dane John Gardens, and there seem to be plenty of spaces, even on week days.

  • University of Kent

    Free parking at weekends in Gulbenkian car park and in Giles Lane car park, opposite.  Regular bus service into to Canterbury.

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