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Information about parking in Sunderland

Sunderland is not only a beautiful city, but it is also a port and metropolitan borough, at the mouth of the River Wear, along the North Sea. The development of the coal trade in the 17th century, based on the expansion of the mining industry, led to the rapid growth of the city. By the mid-18th century, the city was probably one of the best shipbuilding centres in the United Kingdom. The name Sunderland comes from Monkwearmouth “sundered” from the monastery by the river.

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

  • On-street parking

    Every Thursday after 3 pm, there is free parking in Sunderland, in council car parks and street parking bays. The city council and business associations are working together to encourage more people to spend more time in the city centre. Providing free parking at specific times further encourages:


    Shopping in the city centre, especially at night. Merchants to make Sunderland a more prosperous city. Enjoyment of many family attractions
  • Off-street parking

    The City Council’s goal is to provide Sunderland parking users with the highest level of safety and customer service. They have given many car parks in the city centre the status of “safer parking”. In the city centre, the ticket charges are from 8 am to 6:30 pm every day. Outside the city centre, the same charges still apply from Monday to Saturday. From 3 pm on Thursday all year round, Sunderland city centre offers free parking, congress parking and street parking.

  • Public transport

    Sunderland is easily accessible from the M1 via Liverpool and Sheffield. After Leeds, you can take the A1 (M) which connects Sunderland to London. Also, regular trains connect Sunderland to Newcastle Airport. Buses connect Nunthorpe and Middleborough to Newcastle and the Metro Centre. There are also regular buses between Hexham and Carlisle, and between Sunderland and Newcastle.

  • Disabled parking

    While many off-street spaces provide parking for the disabled in Sunderland, they limit these spaces, and all car parks are different, so check the signs before parking.


    Holders of a disabled Blue Badge are free to park in Sunderland with no parking restrictions on the street or on the roads, except for near the church of Sainte-Marie.


  • Parking restrictions & event days

    Parking in Sunderland has some restrictions, which are:


    Pay and display, parking up to two hours only. Double yellow lines where you should not park. Single yellow line, where you can only park at a specific time. Be sure to check the signs before parking on these. Flashing sign showing the load limit.

    In other parts of the Sunderland City Council district, they impose parking restrictions on bus routes and main roads, to keep vehicles moving in traffic jams.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    On-street parking in Sunderland is available weekly. Fees apply all year round. In some parts of the city centre, charges apply on bank holidays.

  • Drop-off and pick-up

    Drivers can stop on yellow lines to pick up passengers, but you may not wait for passengers. You should always stay with your vehicle unless passengers need help to get in and out of it.


  • Nearby attractions

    There are many attractions near Sunderland, including award-winning outdoor spaces, and great views of the coast, and it also has a lot to offer for cycling, sea adventures and walking. Once in the city centre, you can easily navigate through the parks and bike paths, with many highlights, such as beautiful lakes and bobbing swans.