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Preston is a city in Lancashire, with a population over 300000 when the surrounding area is taken into account. Preston has long been overshadowed by the greater historical, administrative and academic importance of county town Lancaster to the north, and the sheer exhilaration of Manchester to the south. However, Manchester was never part of Lancashire, having been in Cheshire before becoming a county in its own right. It would not be unfair to describe many of Preston’s streets as “mean” (though not in the Philip Marlowe sense), and this can make where to park in Preston something of a problem.

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Additional Information

Some additional information about parking in preston, to cater to all your parking needs

  • On-street parking

    There are 150 on-street car parking spaces in Preston, and this is low in relation to the size of the population, to say nothing of visitors. Some are free, and some are pay-and-display. In some cases, particularly near shopping areas, parking is limited to a maximum of two hours. The annual parking report by Preston City Council refers to “informal parking,” by which it means streets with no parking spaces, but also no restrictions; according to the report, these streets are occupied all day, by cars which arrive early and leave late.

  • Off-street parking

    Preston has park-and-ride car parks at:


    Portway and Hartington Road, Monday to Saturday, buses run from 06:58 to 19:54 hours


    Walton-le-Dale, 810 parking spaces, Monday to Saturday, buses run 07:00 to 19:15 hours, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday


    Parking is free with the bus ticket and is restricted to bus travellers. Other off-street car parks are at:


    Avenham multi-storey, 560 parking spaces, open from 06:45 to 20:00 hours every day including bank holidays, free for Blue Badge holders


    Preston bus station multi-storey, 600 parking spaces, open 24/7, free for Blue Badge holders


    Fishergate Centre, opening hours as for Fishergate Shopping Centre


    Penny Street, 66 parking spaces, four disabled parking spaces, 24/7 including bank holidays, maximum charge £5 for a full day


    St Georges Shopping Centre, 410 parking spaces, open seven days a week but closes 30 minutes after the shopping centre closes, and overnight parking is not permitted
  • Public transport

    Preston is close to the M6 motorway and Stagecoach provides bus links to Manchester, throughout Lancashire and the rest of the country. Preston railway station is on the West Coast Main Line from London to Glasgow. Preston Bus serves locations throughout the city.

  • Disabled parking

    There are 253 disabled parking bays in the city, both on-street and off-street. In some cases, (for example in Market Street), the hours in which the bays can be used are restricted, though the majority of bays are not subject to restrictions.

  • Parking restrictions & event days

    In residential streets close to the city centre, front doors mostly open straight onto the street with either no, or very minimal, front gardens. The street is, therefore, the only place for residents to park, and residents’ parking permits restrict parking by those who don’t live there.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    Most parking spaces are available during bank holidays.

  • Drop-off and pick-up

    Drivers can stop to set down and pick up passengers, (but may not wait for them), anywhere not marked as subject to unloading restrictions.

  • Nearby attractions

    Avenham and Miller Parks, as well as the Ribble Steam Railway, provide respite from the city, but, hey, you’re on the southern edge of the Lake District! Get out into that beautiful countryside.