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Information about parking near Westgate Shopping Centre
Westgate Shopping Centre was originally built in 1970 but has been extended and substantially altered between 2016 and 2017. It is open from 10 a,m, to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It contains more than 100 shops and eating places.
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Some additional information about parking in westgate shopping centre, to cater to all your parking needs
For visitors, on-street parking anywhere in Oxford is difficult. No-one is allowed to park on a yellow line and parking is permitted only in designated parking bays. While there are a lot of these by the standards of some cities, most require a parking permit. Permits are issued for the parking zone and not for the space itself. There are some bays for short-term parking, but it would be unwise to count on finding one. Signs indicate conditions applying to use of the bay and to the time it operates; if no time is mentioned, restrictions apply 24-7. If you find a pay-and-display parking space in the central zone in which Westgate is situated, parking will be for a maximum of two hours, which may not be enough for a shopping trip – especially if you also intend to eat.
Oxford is very well served for park-and-ride sites. There are five:
These are very cost-effective ways of parking and shopping at Westgate without having to navigate the sometimes difficult Oxford roads (cyclists are everywhere, so beware).
Other than that, the two most convenient car parks for the Westgate are the Westgate Car Park itself and the Oxpens car park. The Westgate car park is on Thames Street, next to the City of Oxford College, and has 1000 spaces, while Oxpens is on Oxpens Road next to Oxford Ice Rink and has only 179 spaces. The Westgate site has 20 free spaces for motorbikes and 50 charging points for electric cars.
Pay and Display is an excellent way of using public transport to reach the centre of Oxford. Oxford Bus Company provides services within the city and also offers PickMeUp, an on-demand ride-sharing minibus service to get from one place to another where no scheduled service exists. To use this, you’ll need to download an app.
Thames Travel serves other towns in the Thames Valley and, importantly, provides a regular shuttle service to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
And, of course, there are good rail links to London, the West Country, Wales and the North.
All on-street and off-street parking facilities in Oxford have bays for cars where the driver or a passenger has a blue badge. Parking on yellow lines is not permitted everywhere for blue badge holders – check signs before leaving your vehicle.
Parking restrictions are always indicated by signs.
For the most part, parking charges and restrictions continue to apply during bank holidays.