This article details parking in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Stratford-upon-Avon park and ride scheme. Stratford is a small town where all the major sights are easily walkable, meaning parking your car for up to a day whilst you take in all the Shakespeare sights is a great option. The two major Shakespeare sights not in Stratford are Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Mary Arden’s farm – both of which are short, easy drives from Stratford, and have their own parking options.

Thankfully, Stratford upon Avon parking options are plentiful and are fairly reasonable when compared without tourist sites across the UK. Handily, all Stratford District Council car parks are situated within a five-minute walk of the town centre.

Stratford Upon Avon Car Park Options

Car park charges in Stratford start at around £1 per hour in the daytime, with the cost decreasing if you stay for more than a few hours. Evening and night time fees are cheaper, usually around £2 for the whole night from 4pm to 8am. Parking is free in all District Council car parks except Bridgefoot and Unicorn Meadow for Blue Badge Holders and motorcycles parking.

Stratford District Council has ensured that there are plenty of car parking facilities dotted around the town. Here is a list of all official car parks in Stratford:

  • Arden Street: 240 space surface car park
  • Bridgeway (closest to Royal Shakespeare Theatre): 650 space multi-story car park
  • Church Street: 197 space surface car park
  • Coach/Lorry Park: 69 space surface car park
  • Leisure Centre: 544 space surface car park
  • Recreation Ground: 378 space surface car park
  • Rother Street: 247 space multi-story car park
  • Swans Nest Lane: 26 space surface car park
  • Unicorn Meadow: 66 space surface car park
  • Windsor Street (closest to Shakespeare Birthplace): 243 space multi-story car park

Map of Stratford Car Parks

For shorter stays, you can use the on-street parking meters. These are mainly in the town centre, and charges apply from 8am – 6pm, seven days a week. More info from the District Council on Stratford parking options: https://www.stratford.gov.uk/parking-roads-transport/car-parks-in-stratford-upon-avon.cfm

Stratford Upon Avon Park and Ride

Stratford Park and Ride is located in Bishopton, a few minutes walk south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon train station, open every day except Christmas day. The Stratford Park and Ride is a useful solution to parking in Stratford-upon-Avon if you’re coming in for a day trip to the town. The car park is fully secure with CCTV and supervisors always on-site, as well as a fully accessible toilet.

Signs are provided on the approach roads from the north and west to direct drivers to the park and ride, or you can use postcode CV37 0RJ for sat-nav directions. Note that motor-homes, caravans or camper vans are not permitted at the Stratford Park and Ride, nor are vehicles over 2.1 meters.

Stratford Park & Ride Parking Cost

Daytime parking:
• Daily – £3 before 9am
• Daily – £1 from 9am

Overnight parking:
• Daily – £6 before 9am
• Daily – £4 from 9am

There is no parking charge for drivers displaying a valid disabled badge and for electric vehicles plugged into the charging point, but the bus fares still apply.

Stratford Park & Ride Bus Info & Costs

Once you’ve paid for your parking ticket you can either walk into town (approx. 15 minutes), or take the park and ride bus. The Stratford Park and Ride bus service drops off at Wood Street outside the NatWest Bank and pick up on the opposite side of the road outside Oxfam. The bus service only operates Monday to Saturday – not Sundays, from 7.30am until 7pm.

• Adult single/return – £2 (up to two children travel free with every full adult ticket purchased)
• Child single/return – £1
• Group return (up to five people) – £3

More info: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordparkandride

stratford parking option from above - town centre car park

 One of the many Stratford upon Avon parking options

This article details parking in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Stratford-upon-Avon park and ride scheme. Stratford is a small town where all the major sights are easily walkable, meaning parking your car for up to a day whilst you take in all the Shakespeare sights is a great option. The two major Shakespeare sights not in Stratford are Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Mary Arden’s farm – both of which are short, easy drives from Stratford, and have their own parking options.

Thankfully, Stratford upon Avon parking options are plentiful and are fairly reasonable when compared without tourist sites across the UK. Handily, all Stratford District Council car parks are situated within a five-minute walk of the town centre. At the bottom of this page is a map showing all Stratford car parks

Stratford Upon Avon Car Park Options

Car park charges are around £1 per hour in the daytime, decreasing if you stay for more than a few hours. evening and night time fees are cheaper, still, with
Parking is free in all District Council car parks except Bridgefoot and Unicorn Meadow for Blue Badge Holders and motorcycles parking.
An evening charge of £2.00 applies to the following car parks (except Rother Street multi-story) between 16.00 and 08.00 hrs.

  • Arden Street: 240 space surface car park
  • Bridgeway (closest to Royal Shakespeare Theatre): 650 space multi-story car park
  • Church Street: 197 space surface car park
  • Coach/Lorry Park: 69 space surface car park
  • Leisure Centre: 544 space surface car park
  • Recreation Ground: 378 space surface car park
  • Rother Street: 247 space multi-story car park
  • Swans Nest Lane: 26 space surface car park
  • Unicorn Meadow: 66 space surface car park
  • Windsor Street (closest to Shakespeare Birthplace): 243 space multi-story car park

Map of Stratford Car Parks

For shorter stays, you can use the on-street parking meters. These are mainly in the town centre, and charges apply from 8am – 6pm, seven days a week. More info from the District Council on Stratford parking options: https://www.stratford.gov.uk/parking-roads-transport/car-parks-in-stratford-upon-avon.cfm

Stratford Upon Avon Park and Ride

Stratford Park and Ride is located in Bishopton, a few minutes walk south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon train station, open every day except Christmas day. The Stratford Park and Ride is a useful solution to parking in Stratford-upon-Avon if you’re coming in for a day trip to the town. The car park is fully secure with CCTV and supervisors always on-site, as well as a fully accessible toilet.

Signs are provided on the approach roads from the north and west to direct drivers to the park and ride, or you can use postcode CV37 0RJ for sat-nav directions.
Note that motor-homes, caravans or camper vans are not permitted at the Stratford Park and Ride, nor are vehicles over 2.1 meters.

Stratford Park & Ride Parking Cost

• Daily – £3 before 9am
• Daily – £1 from 9am
Overnight parking
• Daily – £6 before 9am
• Daily – £4 from 9am
• There is no parking charge for drivers displaying a valid disabled badge and for electric vehicles plugged into the charging point, but the bus fares still apply.

Stratford Park & Ride Bus Info & Costs

Once you’ve paid for your parking ticket you can either walk into town (approx. 15 minutes), or take the park and ride bus. The Stratford Park and Ride bus service drops off at Wood Street outside the NatWest Bank and pick up on the opposite side of the road outside Oxfam. The bus service only operates Monday to Saturday – not Sundays, from 7.30am until 7pm.

• Adult single/return – £2 (up to two children travel free with every full adult ticket purchased)
• Child single/return – £1
• Group return (up to five people) – £3

More info: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordparkandride

stratford parking option from above - town centre car park

One of the many Stratford upon Avon parking options


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