Yes the biggest free car park on the seafront is the Multi Storey Car Park on Brighton Marina. Offer over 1500 spaces you can park for free up to 4 hour. There is also high restriction up to 1.95m (6 feet 5 inches). And the postode to get you there: BN2 5WA (if you don’t know where Brighton Marina is). There is always lots of space even on Saturday or Sunday and I don’t think it was ever completely full.
The second one on Brighton Marina is the carpark next to Asda Superstore. This one is without high restrictions but the free parking is one hour shorter (up to 3 hours). Don’t try to stretch it! There is cameras checking your time right on the entrance/exit.
I know, Brighton Marina isn’t right next to Brighton centre but once you park there, hop along the coast on the cheap but fun Volks Railway. If you have kids with you they’ll gonna love it! Be careful because you’ll be passing the Peter Pan’s Playground and the Crazy Golf and you may never make it to the Brighton, especially with very young kids 🙂
One more place to park near the seafront for free is in Hove. West Hove actually. Once you are driving along the seafront (Kingsway) you’ll see the Lagoon on the left (right on the traffic lights) and three more roads on your right and you are free to park on the roads around as long as you need. You are looking for: Roman Road, Brittany Road, Derek Avenue… Postcodes: BN3 4LD, BN3 4PF, BN3 4PG
This one is much further from Brighton Centre but you have nice stroll the seafront with many shops and restaurants on the way.
More free on street parking in Brighton
If you don’t mind to be parking a bit further from the seafront but close to the Brighton town centre, your answer is Hanover. There is so many streets and all with our favourite kind of parking. The FREE one 🙂 It’s about 15 minutes walking distance to the City Centre and 20 minutes to the Brighton beach. Not bad, considering you don’t have to pay for the parking. It always take couple of minutes looking for an empty space but it’s possible. I’m always going to Elm Grove, postcode BN2 3ES and pick randomly any street on my left or even right. One more postcode BN2 3LJ is for Hartington Road which is just couple more minutes further with less traffic and usually more empty spaces for parking, especially Sundays. I’m usually not willing to park right on Elm Grove or on Hartington Road as both is full of traffic and you can spend much more time looking for a nice free spot compare to the side streets. If 15/20 minutes walk isn’t the best option, you can always use one of many buses taking you straight to the Brighton city centre. From Elm Grove alone there is at least 5 different buses (21, 22, 23, 74, 94) that will end up next to Churchill Square or on the Queens Road (the one going from the train station to the seafront). Or you can walk down the Elm Grove to Lewes Road and you’ll have more buses (23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 48, 49, 78, 74), going down to the city centre every couple of minutes.
If you are planning to stay in Hove, instead of Brighton (yes, another secret, seafront in Hove is quieter much more nicer than the one in Brighton) you have two or three spots you can park for free. The first one is Sackville Trading Estate (postal code: BN3 7AN) where is free parking without any time or high restrictions.
The second one would be on street parking just few yards from the Sackville Estate: Orchard Road, Orchard Gardens and Orchard Avenue with postcode BN3 7BG.
And the last one in Hove from me is Amherst Crescent and the streets next to it. The poscode is BN3 7ER.
There is much more places to park for free and usually the further from the seafront you going the more you’ll find. The main question here is: “How far is still close?” That’s the reason why I tried to show you the closest ones I know about.
Park & Ride in Brighton
There is one more (the official version) of this free Brighton parking adventure and that’s Park & Ride. The reason I didn’t mention this one right on the beginning is, don’t expect Canterbury sort of Park & Ride. This one is not so popular because it’s just too far. Yes you’ll get free parking with no restriction in time except “No overnight parking”. There is also hight restriction of 2 meters (6 and a half feet) as in most of multi storey car parks. The worst part? It takes about 30 minutes on the bus to get down to Brighton! I know I can’t complain if there is something free but this one is just too far. Anyway, if you are planning to use this official road set your SatNav to BN1 5JD. The bus number you’re after, once you parked your car is number 27 and it will take you to the City Centre in about 30 minutes as I said before. You are after those stops:
Clock Tower in Queen’s Road for Churchill Square and High street shopping
North Street stop C for The Lanes, North Laine and Old Steine
That’s it. I can write about free parking in Brighton or Hove forever, the thing is, you need only one parking space and I believe you already found it anyway. Don’t forget to spend the saved money in the local shops 🙂 Simply get the snacks or frizzy drinks there and you’ll end up with helping the local businesses with money you just saved on the parking and saving again as the snacks will be probably more expensive in City Centre anyway.
Enjoy your stay in Brighton and let us know where did you park for free in Brighton in the comments. If it’s some new place I’m sure everyone will appreciate it.
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