Free Parking in Portsmouth & the Cheapest, A Helpful Guide in 2022


Portsmouth is a very popular place to visit, both by train and by Car. But finding a free parking space can be challenging at times. But it can be done. Here is a quick summary of 10 great roads in Portsmouth that you can park on for free.

Free Parking in Portsmouth, UK – 2022

Where is the Free Parking in Portsmouth? Here are some streets with free parking in Portsmouth:

  • Grove Road South
  • Telephone Road
  • Buriton Street
  • Alverstone Road
  • Bramshott Road
  • Walsall Road
  • Knowsley Road
  • Sixth Avenue
  • Cosham Parl Avenue

But don’t stop there. Read on as we have split Portsmouth into its most popular areas and individually hunted out the nearest parking to each of these locations for you too. There is also the option to save more time and let my bespoke Google map navigate you straight to Portsmouth’s Best Free Parking Spots.

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Best Free Parking Spots in Portsmouth

Free Parking near Southsea & Portsmouth Hoverport

Free On-Road Parking
near Portsmouth Hoverport
Southsea
Approx walk
to the
Hoverport
Grove Road South16 Mins
Merton Road17 mins
Nelson Road17 mins
Cavendish Road18 mins
Hamilton Road18 mins
Brandon Road18 mins
Taswell Road19 mins
Albany Road (one side only)21 mins
Wimbledon Park Road22 mins
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What is the nearest Car Park to Portsmouth Hoverport, Southsea?

If you are happy to pay for parking, the nearest Pay and Display car park to Southsea HoverPort is the Seafront, The Esplanade car park on the seafront. (Located in Orange on the map above) It is just a 1-minute walk from the Southsea Hoverport, where you can get your hovercraft to the Isle of Wright for the day.

Seafront the Espalande Car Park
Click the link above for Google map directions
TimesPrices
* 373 spaces
+ 7 bays for disabled badge holders
1 hour£1.80
* RingGo code 13892 hours£3.10
* Charges apply 24 hours, 
seven days per week, including bank holidays
3 hours£4.10
* CCTV surveillance in operation4 hours£5.00
* Height restriction of 2 meters6 hours£6.50
* Season tickets are available and
can also be purchased directly from
Hovertravel.
8 hours£8.50
* Hovertravel offers their customers 
visitor scratchcards for two, four, and
seven days of parking
All-day£12.00

Free & Cheap Car Parking near Gunwharf Quays

It is possible if you insist on not paying for parking when visiting Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. But do be warned, it will be a 46-minute round trip from your car to the Shops and back again.

I have listed them below for you to choose from. Maybe though this might be a time, you would consider paying a little for a closer parking space. In this case, you could have as little as only 4 minutes to your destination.

Again I have listed below the best car parks in order of the cheapest for 4 and 8-hour stays.

Free Parking Near Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre, Portsmouth

Free Parking Near
Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre,
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to
Gunwharf Quays
Grove Road South23 mins
Merton Road27 mins
Nelson Road27 mins
Cavendish Road26 mins
Exmouth Road30 mins
Saint Vincent Road31 mins
Hamilton Road32 mins
Brandon Road32 mins
Duncan Road33 mins

Cheapest Car Parks near Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth

Taking distance, as well as price, into consideration, I would say the best 4-hour parking near Gunwharf Quay’s tobe either:

  1. Wickham Street Car Park, at £4 but a 10 minute
  2. Or Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre Car Park at a 4-minute walk, but £6

See the full comparison below

Cheapest 4 hour Car Parks near to
Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre
Portsmouth
Approx walk
to the
Gunwharf Quays
Approx
Walking
Time
Richmond Place Car Park£3.0043 mins
Wickham Street£4.0010 mins
The Harbour £4.508 mins
Broad Street£4.5011 mins
Guildhall Walk£4.5025 mins
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard£5.0016 mins
Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre£6.004 mins
Clarence Pier£5.0025 mins
Seafront The Esplanade£5.0030 mins

Also, with the 8 hours parking option, when considering distance as well as the price, the best 8-hour parking ends up being either:

  1. Wickham Street Car Park again, at £8 with a 10 minute
  2. Or Wightlink Portsmouth Ferry Terminal Car Park at an easier 5-minute walk, but £9

See the full comparison below

Cheapest 8 hour Car Parks near to
Gunwharf Quays,
Portsmouth
Approx walk
to the
Gunwharf Quays
Approx
Walking
Time
Station Street £7.5035 mins
Wickham Street£8.0010 mins
Clarence Pier£8.5025 mins
Seafront The Esplanade£8.5030 mins
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard£9.0010 mins
Wightlink Portsmouth Ferry Terminal£9.005 mins
Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre£10.004 mins
The Fleet£12.0022 mins
Guildhall Walk£12.0025 mins

Free Parking Near Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth

You don’t need to pay for parking as there are roads you can park on for free as close as 9 minutes away from Cascades shopping centre. See the list below for ten great options.

Free Parking Near
Cascades Shopping Centre,
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to
Cascades
Hale Street South12 mins
Railway View13 mins
Buriton Street13 mins
Cottage View (one side only)13 mins
Maitland Street17 mins
Clarendon Street18 mins
Foster Road19 mins
Church Road19 mins
Timpson Road20 mins

Cheapest Car Parks near Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth

In all my time researching cheap parking in different towns and cities, I never thought I would ever say that the NCP car park is the cheapest. But in this scenario, this is the case.

  1. NCP Crasswell Street car park is the cheapest 8-hour car park to Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth. It is also one of the closest at just a 5-minute walk.
  2. Clarence Street car park wins the nearest and cheapest at a 6-minute walk and £4.10 for a 4-hour stay.

See the lists below for more options.

Cheapest 4 hour Car Parks near to
Cascades Shopping Centre
Portsmouth
Approx walk
to the
Cascades
Approx
Walking
Time
Clarence Street£4.106 mins
Isambard Brunel£4.5012 mins
All Saints£4.5014 mins
The Fleet£4.5015 mins
Guildhall Walk£4.5016 mins
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard£5.0026 mins
Station Street£6.006 mins
Crasswell Street£6.205 mins
Market Way£8.705 mins
Cheapest 8 hour Car Parks near to
Cascades Shopping Centre
Portsmouth
Approx walk
to the
Cascades
Approx
Walking
Time
NCP Crasswell Street£6.205 mins
Old Commercial Road£816 mins
Clarence Street£8.10 7 mins
Market Way£8.705 mins
Isambard Brunel£12.0013 mins
All Saints£12.0013 mins
The Fleet£12.0015 mins
Guildhall Walk£12.0016 mins
Cascades£13.00 5 mins

Free Parking near St Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth

Free Parking Near
St Mary’s Hospital,
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to
the hospital
Alverstone Road (One side only)6 mins
A20307 mins
Kimbolton Road7 mins
Bonchurch Road8 mins
Lichfield Road8 mins
Walsall Road9 mins
Sunningdale Road11 mins
Ascot Road12 mins
Stride Avenue14 mins

Free Parking near the University of Portsmouth

Free Parking Near
University of
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to the
University
Cottage View (one side only)18 mins
Railway View19 mins
Buriton Street19 mins
Grove Road South22 mins
Britannia Road North24 mins
Britannia Road24 mins
Albany Road (one side only)24 mins
Livingstone Road27 mins
Nelson Road26 mins

Free Parking near Fratton Football Club, Portsmouth

Free Parking Near
Fratton Football Club,
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to
Fratton F.C.
Frogmore Road (One side only)1 min
Ruskin Road (One side only)1 min
Carisbrooke Road (One side only)2 mins
Claydon Avenue3 mins
Maylands Avenue5 mins
Church View6 mins
Posbrooke Road8 mins
Edgeware Road9 mins
Meon Road9 mins

Free Parking near Fratton Railways Station, Portsmouth

Free Parking Near
Fratton Railways Station,
Portsmouth
Approx walk
to Fratton
Train Station
Manners Road6 mins
Percy Road7 mins
Talbot Road7 mins
Rugby Road7 mins
Jessie Road (One side only)8 mins
Harrow Road8 mins
Cleveland Road8 mins
Heidelberg Road8 mins
Britannia Road North9 mins

Free Parking near Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth

Below is a list of roads in Cosham by the Queen Alexandra hospital that allows free on-street parking.

Free Parking near
Queen Alexandra Hospital,
Cosham, Portsmouth
Approx
walk to the
Hospital
Ashurst Road 14 mins
Fourth Avenue 12 mins
First Avenue 14 mins
Fifth Avenue12 mins
Sixth Avenue8 mins
Sudbury Road10 mins
Tunstall Road10 mins
Harleston Road10 mins
Braintree Road (On Curb Parking)10 mins

Free Parking near Cosham Railway Station Portsmouth

See above and see navy blue drops that mark the free roads near Cosham train station (indicated in navy blue). Below are the roads with google links and approximate walking distance to Cosham Station.

Free Parking near
Cosham Railway Station
Portsmouth
Approx
walk to
Cosham Station
Cosham Park Avenue2 mins
Knowsley Road4 mins
The Old Road5 mins
Albert Road6 mins
Magdala Road (One side only)6 mins
Pitreavie Road8 mins
Lonsdale Avenue9 mins
Rosebery Avenue10 mins
Dovercourt Road11 mins

Portsmouth is a young and buzzing city in the county of Hampshire with lots of things to keep you entertained. But, if you do fancy a day trip away to a nearby place, may we suggest Southampton, Winchester, Alton, Worthing or Salisbury as we have also visited and found the best free parking in these spots too.

That leaves me to wish you a safe trip. I hope these articles see you parked up well and nearby your desired destination. Keep safe and think Road Trip heroes the next time you need free parking.

Charlie

I do this because I love helping save you time and money, by searching for free, or at least the cheap places to park.

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