Free Parking in Manchester – A Helpful 2022 Money Saving Guide


Updated: 18th September 2022

Free Parking in Manchester, UK

Manchester is a massive and bustling place at the best of times, and if you are visiting for the first time. It is very easy to assume that there is only paid parking to be had and to fall into the Expensive visitor trap car parks on your way in. But, I have looked and am happy to tell you, you don’t always have to pay to park up in Manchester City.

To see these free spots placed on a map, we have created a map of the best free parking spots in Manchester for you to download. You can now park for free in Manchester all weekend long.

Free Parking in Manchester – 2022

So, Where is there Free Parking in Manchester? Here are roads in Manchester with free parking:

  • Hoyle Street
  • Metcombe Way
  • Barker Street
  • Deramore Street
  • Headingley Drive
  • Radnor Street
  • Eccleshall Street
  • Quilter Grove
  • Melbourne Street
  • Cherry Tree Walk

Do read on, as I have found you many more places to park without paying and have broken it down in this article for you.

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Free Parking near Manchester City Centre & the Main Shopping Centres

Manchester is a big buzzing place with many superb shopping centres, the main ones you ask for free parking near are Manchester Arndale, Harpurhey, Stretford Mall, intu Trafford shopping centres. Plus we added Affleck’s Emporium of Eclecticism for good measure, so let’s get started.

Free Parking near the Manchester Arndale, Manchester

With the Arndale main car park being an NCP car park at well over £3 an hour every hour, up to the first 5 hours. For sure, you are going to want cheaper alternatives, and boy! have we got them for you. I can hear you asking,

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Arndale, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Manchester Arndale:

  • Saint Chad’s Street
  • Rome Road
  • Wadeford Close
  • Tudbury Way
  • Stocks Street East
  • Stocks Street
  • Fern Street
  • Bent Street
  • Jersey Street – top end
  • Rodney Street

The above road suggestions are between 12 and a 24-minute walk to the Manchester Arndale shopping centre. Do check the signs before you leave your vehicle. To see these free spots placed on a map, we have created a google map of free parking spots in Manchester for you to download. You can now park for free in Manchester all weekend long. Download the map here

Free Parking near the Harpurhey Shopping Centre

Is there Free Parking near the Harpurhey Shopping Centre, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Harpurhey Shopping Centre:

  • Harpurhey Centre Car Park is FREE for up to 3 hours
  • Nolan Street
  • Beeston Street
  • Ventnor Street
  • Towton Street
  • Caversham Drive
  • Upper Conran Street
  • Hillier Street North
  • Cobden Street
  • Melbourne Street

The free car park isn’t for you if you don’t want to return to your car within 3 hours. Free on-street parking is just a 4 mins – 10 mins stroll away. See the map below for Google directions.


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Free Parking near the Stretford Mall, Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the Stretford Mall, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Stretford Mall:

  • Stretford Mall Car Park is FREE for up to 3 hours
  • Lacy Street
  • Brunswick Street
  • Highfield Road
  • Radnor Street
  • Cyprus Street
  • Lester Street
  • Henshaw Street
  • Jackson Street
  • Bennett Street
  • Ryecroft Road

Ok, Stretford Mall car park prices are very reasonable at £2.50 for 3 to 6 hours & £10 for 6 to 24 hours. But still, with as little as a 4-minute walk, you could have to pay nothing at all. The above-suggested roads are all less than a 10-minute walk from Stretford Mall. Enjoy!

To see these free spots placed on a map, we have created a google map of free parking spots in Manchester for you to download. You can now park for free in Manchester all weekend long. Download the Map Now

Free Parking near the Affleck’s Emporium of Eclecticism

Right in the city centre now, and the car park prices near Affleck’s Emporium of Eclecticism are not shy to reflect this.

Is there Free Parking near the Affleck’s Emporium, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Affleck’s Emporium of Eclecticism:

  • Heyrod Street
  • Adair Street – North End
  • Saint Andrew’s Square
  • Saint Andrew’s Street
  • Woodward Street
  • Wadeford Close
  • Jersey Street – Top End
  • Rodney Street
  • Garforth Avenue
  • Wadeford Close

Affleck’s Emporium is a young bustling hive of creative, bohemian eccentricities. You will want to buy something when you’re here. So put those young legs to use and walk the 16 mins – 18 mins from our suggestions above and save yourself having to pay to park.

Free Parking near the intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

Is there Free Parking at the intu Trafford Centre, Manchester? With over 10.5 thousand free parking spaces, spread over 19 car parks. The only issue here is which free car park to choose from that’s near to the shops you are going to.

But at weekends and especially at the run-up to Christmas, these car parks do get full, so the below suggestions may come in handy. So very wise asking

Is there Free Parking near the intu Trafford Centre, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the intu Trafford Centre:

  • Shetland Way
  • Iona Way
  • Orkney Drive
  • Coll Drive
  • Lismore Way
  • Jura Drive
  • Hoy Drive
  • Barra Drive
  • Benbecula Way
  • Stroma Gardens

The above roads, with free parking are just 9 mins – 12 minutes walk away. Do check the parking signs and make your parking distance relative to the amount you plan to buy, just a tip.

To see these free spots placed on a map, we have created a google map of free parking spots in Manchester for you to download. You can now park for free in Manchester all weekend long. Download the map here


Free Parking near the Main Railway Stations in Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station & nearby Zero Pay Parking

Just 2.5 hours from the big smoke (London, that is) & just over 3 to get to Edinburgh, Manchester Piccadilly is the big boy of train stations in Manchester. But!

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Manchester Piccadilly:

  • Temperance Street
  • Chapelfield Road
  • Hoyle Street
  • Saint Andrew’s Street
  • Heyrod Street
  • Adair Street – North End
  • Saint Andrew’s Square
  • Helmet Street
  • Higher Ardwick
  • Pittbrook Street

The above roads allow you to park for free and are between only a 12 and 18-minute walk to the station. Between a taxi or an overnight car park, that’s at least a £20 saving right there.

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Nearest free Parking to Manchester Oxford Road Railway Station

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Manchester Oxford Road:

  • Cambridge Street
  • Hulme Street
  • Rockdove Avenue
  • Hunmanby Avenue
  • Humberstone Avenue
  • Halston Street
  • Spruce Street
  • Chapelfield Road
  • Higher Ardwick
  • Hoyle Street

The free parking is a little further away than that from Manchester Piccadilly train station, but at between a 14 to 25-minute walk, the above free parking suggestions will still save you a few bob. You can get google directions from the map below.

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Can you Car Park for Free near Deansgate Railway Station?

Is there Free Parking near the Deansgate train station, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Deansgate railway station:

  • Beattock Street
  • Angela Street
  • New York St
  • Galgate Close
  • Humberstone Avenue
  • Hunmanby Avenue
  • Rockdove Avenue
  • Lower Moss Lane
  • Bentinck Street
  • Ellesmere Street

The above little gems offer free parking opportunities that are between 10 to 16 minutes away from Deangate railway station. Very handy indeed. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map

Free Parking nearby Manchester Victoria Railway Station

Is there Free Parking near the Manchester Victoria train station, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Manchester Victoria train station:

  • Saint Chad’s Street
  • Stocks Street East
  • Stocks Street
  • Fern Street
  • Bent Street
  • Knowsley Street
  • Camberwell Street
  • Woolley Street
  • Empire Street
  • Blacklock Street

There are nearby streets with free parking and just above are some good suggestions that are between 9 – 14 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria train station. See the map below to choose your road, and click on it to get google directions.

Best Free Parking near to Trafford Park Train Station

Is there Free Parking near the Trafford Park Railway Station, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Trafford Park train station:

  • Keswick Road
  • Fleming Drive
  • Watersmeet
  • Thirlmere Avenue
  • Coniston Road
  • Radstock Road
  • Woodlands Avenue
  • Melbourne Avenue
  • Grange Avenue
  • Haig Road

With the above free parking ideas being under 7 minutes walk away, you don’t need to look any further. Well, you do, look below at the map and let google maps guide you to your chosen road. Trafford Park is located on the bottom left of the map.

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Main Hospitals in Manchester & nearby Zero Pay Car Parking

There are 3 main hospitals in Manchester, and they are North Manchester General & Trafford General Hospital as well as Manchester Royal Infirmary. Their car parks are not overly expensive, but you can’t beat free, so let’s get started.

Manchester General Hospital & Free On-Street Parking

Is there Free Parking near North Manchester General Hospital? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to North Manchester General Hospital:

  • Peakdale Avenue
  • Duchess Road
  • Hallworth Road
  • Wellington Road
  • Enver Road
  • Whiston Road
  • Saxon Avenue
  • Sherdley Road
  • Willow Hill Road
  • Bank Road

The roads we have found for you are listed above and are all under a 12 -minute walk from North Manchester General Hospital. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map

Free nearby Parking to Manchester Royal Infirmary

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Royal Infirmary? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Manchester Royal Infirmary:

  • Moss Lane – East end, from Heald Grove
  • Hyde Grove
  • Hathersage Road – South end
  • Olney Street
  • Naburn Street
  • Daisy Bank Road
  • Oxford Place
  • Rusholme Place
  • Banff Road
  • Heald Place

All the above roads are under a 10-minute walk to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and are completely free to park on. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map

Does Trafford General Hospital, Manchester have nearby Free Parking

Is there Free Parking near the Trafford General Hospital, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Trafford General Hospital:

  • Wroxham Avenue
  • Wasdale Avenue
  • Cornhill Road
  • Dalton Gardens
  • Malvern Avenue
  • Cornhill Road
  • Entwisle Avenue
  • Vicarage Road
  • Warwick Drive
  • Leamington Road

The listed roads above, all have free on-street parking and are under a 13-minute walk to Trafford General Hospital. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map


The hidden Free Parking Areas by the Universities in Manchester

There are two unis in Manchester, and they are the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Fortunately, they are right next door to each other, and so the suggested free parking below are often in the same location.

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Is there Free Parking near the University of Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the University of Manchester:

  • Cecil Street
  • Denmark Road
  • Hyde Grove
  • Hyde Place
  • Oxford Place
  • Westwood Street
  • Conyngham Road
  • Upper Park Road
  • Hathersage Road – South end

The above roads are between a 10 – 20-minute walk away. For directions, use the map below and click on the road, you want.

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Don’t Pay for Parking at Manchester Metropolitan University

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Metropolitan University? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Manchester Metropolitan University:

  • Rockdove Avenue
  • Hunmanby Avenue
  • Humberstone Avenue
  • Hulme Street
  • Cambridge Street
  • Halston Street
  • Spruce Street
  • New York St
  • Galgate Close
  • Lower Moss Lane

The two universities are right next to each other, and so free parking is also the same distance to both Uni’s, this being between 9 and 21 minutes. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map

See the map below for Google directions. The University of Manchester is coloured light Yellow with the Manchester Metropolitan University in dark yellow. The blue tears indicate roads with free parking.


Free Parking near the Stadiums, Grounds & Arenas in Manchester

Whether it be the cricket, Manchester city, the red devils at the Etihad Stadium or Ozzy Osbourne at the Arena, Manchester has it all going on, and on match days £5 parking galore. But still, we think we can do better than that.

Park without Paying by the Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Old Trafford Stadium:

  • Gorse Avenue
  • Gorse Crescent
  • Great Stone Road
  • Milton Road
  • Headingley Drive
  • Wilton Avenue
  • Leighton Road
  • Morland Road
  • Fairbrother Street

The above roads are all between 14 and 25 minutes walk from Old Trafford stadium. Do keep an eye out when parking as some areas are restricted on match days. Use the map below to direct you to your parking spot. Park for Free all weekend long. By Downloading Our Map

Free Parking nearby Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the Etihad Stadium, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Etihad Stadium:

  • Isca Street
  • Townley Street
  • Blackrock Street
  • Longham Close
  • Cyclone Street
  • Siam Street
  • Llk Street
  • Alpine Street
  • Stockholm Street
  • Langness Street
  • Beede Street

The above roads are between 8 and 20 minutes from Etihad stadium on foot. Some areas are restricted on match days, do check the parking signs before leaving your vehicle.

Use the map below and allow Google maps to take you straight to your destination.

Free Parking close to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground:

  • Headingley Drive
  • Wilton Avenue
  • Kings Road
  • Great Stone Road
  • Gorse Crescent
  • Warwick Road South
  • Gorse Avenue
  • Woodstock Road
  • Milton Road
  • Rye Bank Road

Check the parking signs before leaving your vehicle. The above roads are all under 20 minutes on foot to the cricket grounds. You and use the map below and choose the road you wish to park on, and use Google maps to direct you there.

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Here’s Where to Find Zero Pay Parking near Manchester Arena (AO Arena)

Is there Free Parking near Manchester Arena? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the AO Arena:

  • Barker Street
  • Saint Simon Street
  • Tudbury Way
  • Cheetwood Street
  • Irwell Street
  • Sherborne Street
  • Saint Chad’s Street
  • Stocks Street East
  • Stocks Street
  • Fern Street

Only 10 to 15 minutes walk away from the Arena are roads that are free to park on. I have listed them above, and you can see them on the map below, when you click on them, Google maps give you the option to navigate you to them. Let Google take you to the Free Parking Spots in Manchester. Downloading Our Map


Free Parking nearby Manchester International Airport

Is there Free Parking near Manchester International Airport? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to Manchester International Airport:

  • Selstead Road
  • Hilary Road (warning, see below)
  • Kingsgate Road
  • Thirlmere Road
  • Harry Rowley Close
  • Buttermere Avenue
  • Painswick Road
  • Painswick Road
  • Kingsdown Road
  • Rottingdene Drive

The above roads are between a 20 and a 28-minute walk to the centre of Manchester Airport. Please note you can take 12 minutes off to just the entrance of the airport arrivals. Use the map below for directions.

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RE: Hilary Road, Wythenshawe

I have received an email regarding vandalism to a parked vehicle on Hilary Road. Hilary Road has residents made signs dotted around wanting to ‘stop people leaving their cars outside residents’ homes outside of their driveway’ It is against the law to park in front of someone’s driveway. It’s also just rude as well as we all know.

Please take extra caution when choosing your parking space around Hilary Road.


How to Park for Free near the Best Museums in Manchester

There are many fascinating museums to choose from here, and very often free parking nearby if you know where to look. Here is where you look, and here are some great free parking opportunities.

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Free Parking near the Science & Industry Museum

Is there Free Parking near the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Science & Industry Museum:

  • Beattock Street
  • Angela Street
  • Lower Moss Lane
  • Bentinck Street
  • Ellesmere Street
  • Parsonage Close
  • Saint Bartholomew’s Drive
  • Chancel Avenue
  • Duncan Street
  • Asgard Grove

The list above is all roads that are free to park on that are under a 20-minute walk from the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester. See the map below to get directions to your chosen road. Let Google take you to the Free Parking Spots in Manchester. Downloading Our Map

Free Parking near the Manchester Museum

Is there Free Parking near the Manchester Museum? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the Manchester Museum:

  • Cecil Street
  • Denmark Road
  • Hoyle Street
  • Chapelfield Road
  • Temperance Street
  • Higher Ardwick
  • Hyde Place
  • Hyde Grove
  • Maine Road
  • Acomb Street

By walking between 9 and 18 minutes when you choose one of the roads on the list above, you can save some money by getting parking for free. See the map below for more details and directions.

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Free Parking near the People’s History Museum, Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the People’s History Museum, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the People’s History Museum:

  • Burton Walk
  • Arlington Street
  • Barnett Drive
  • Tudbury Way
  • Cannon Street
  • Saint Simon Street
  • Asgard Grove
  • Parsonage Close
  • Saint Bartholomew’s Drive
  • Chancel Avenue

The roads listed above are unrestricted to park on and are all under 21 minute walk to the ever so popular People’s History Museum. See the map below for Google directions. Let Google take you to the Free Parking Spots in Manchester. Downloading Our Map

Free Parking near the National Football Museum

Is there Free Parking near the National Football Museum, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the National Football Museum:

  • Barker Street
  • Irwell Street
  • Cheetwood Street
  • Sherborne Street
  • Empire Street
  • Rome Road
  • Bothwell Road
  • Jersey Street Top End
  • Wadeford Close
  • Rodney Street

Park on one of the roads above to get free parking, and they are all under a 22-minute walk from the National Football Museum. See the map below for directions from google.

Free Parking near the IWM North War Museum, Manchester

Is there Free Parking near the IWM North War Museum, Manchester? Here are the streets with free parking nearest to the IWM North War Museum:

  • Elevator Road
  • Circle South
  • Waterside
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Dakota Avenue
  • Howard Street
  • Netherland Street
  • Steeple Drive
  • Montford Street
  • Olympic Court

Between 7 and 20 minutes is how long it will take you to get from one of the above roads that have free parking on foot to the IWM North War Museum. Use the helpful map below that uses google maps to guide you right to your location.


Free Motorcycle Parking in Manchester

Not overly generous with MC Parking, Manchester does ok, and it’s free, so I can’t moan too much. Here is the answer to your question,

Is there Free Motorcycle Parking in Manchester? Here is where you can find free to park, motorcycle bays in Manchester:

  • Ayton Street
  • Peter House
  • Chepstow Street – NCP
  • Bishopsgate
  • Charlotte Street
  • George Street
  • Arch of Chinatown – George Street
  • King Street West
  • Lincoln Square
  • St Ann St
  • Withy Grove

See the map below to find the motorbike bay nearest where you want to go.


Free Disabled Parking in Manchester

Unlike motorbike bays, disabled bays are in beautiful abundance in Manchester. Here are just some listed below, but check out the map below for a lot more choices. Finally, you can stop asking,

Where can you find Free Disabled Parking in Manchester? Here are the disabled bays in Manchester that are free to use

  • It is free to park in Zones 1, 2, 3 & 4 Are free, Nor do the time restrictions do not apply with a clearly displayed blue badge?
  • Saint Mary’s Gate
  • Spring Gardens
  • Lower Byrom Street
  • Minshull Street
  • Great Marlborough St – Under the bridge
  • Roby Street – south
  • Saint Ann Street
  • Saint Ann Street
  • Old Birley Street

Click on a wheelchair symbol on the map below for Google directions.


Free Parking in Manchester City Centre after 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm, & on Sundays

Can You Park for Free in Central Manchester after 6 pm? Manchester’s Central Parking Restriction zones are zones 1, 2, 3 & 4. You can park in these zones free from 6 pm, Only on bank holidays and from 8 pm on all other days. Please check the parking sign before leaving your vehicle.

Can You Park for Free in Central Manchester after 8 pm? The central Parking Restriction zones in Manchester city centre are zones 1, 2, 3 & 4. You can park in all these zones free of charge, from 8 pm to 8 am the following morning and all day on Bank holidays. Make sure to read the parking sign before leaving your vehicle.

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Can You Park for Free in Central Manchester after 10 pm? The main parking zones, 1, 2, 3 & 4 in Manchester city, are all free to park in from 8 pm to 8 am the following morning. So, yes, you can park in central Manchester in these zones, for free from 10 pm. You can also park free for a limited time, all day on bank holidays. Please read the parking signs before leaving your vehicle.

Can You Park for Free in Central Manchester on Sundays? You can park free in the central Manchesters’ restricted parking zones, 1, 2, 3, & 4, from 8 pm on Sundays to 8 am the following morning. Check the parking sign before leaving your vehicle

Parking Restriction Zones in Manchester,
& When it’s Free to Park in them
When You Can Park for Free
Zone 1
Click Here to see a list
of roads in this zone
8 pm to 8 am
Mon to Sun
& All Day Bank Holidays
Zone 2
Click Here to see a list
of roads in this zone
8 pm to 8 am
Mon to Fri
& All Day Bank Holidays
Zone 3
Click Here to see a list
of roads in this zone
8 pm to 8 am
Mon to Fri
& All Day Bank Holidays
Zone 4
Click Here to see a list
of roads in this zone
8 pm to 8 am
Mon to Fri
& All Day Bank Holidays
Sourced with thanks from the Manchester.gov website

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I hope you have found this article helpful. have a safe drive and a great time in Manchester. Please check the signs before leaving your vehicle and ensure you feel safe with where you park. Otherwise, park elsewhere. We work hard to get you free parking, but only you can evaluate safety.

All the best, and enjoy spending your saved few pounds.

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