UK's Toughest Parking Cities Revealed

Thu 22nd Sep 2022

Finding a parking space in the UK is one of the hardest things to do, as well as one of the most expensive, according to a new study.

Using data from National Car Parks, the UK's largest parking provider, and the Department for Transport and the DVLA Moneybarn have created a list of the most difficult cities in the country to find a parking spot..

The Moneybarn analysis found the UK's toughest parking places as well as the most costly ones. The research found that some cities don't have nearly enough parking spaces for the number of registered vehicles, and others where an hour of parking costs more than an eye-watering £7.

Finding a parking spot in the Northwest city of Chester is one of the most difficult places, as the city has only half a parking space per 1000 registered cars.

The highest parking rates in the United Kingdom are found in Edinburgh, where you can expect to pay as much as £7.78 an hour.

London occupies two spots on the rankings, ranking fifth for toughest parking spots and fourth for priciest spots.

London has just 1.47 parking spaces for every 1000 cars, and an hour of parking costs an average of £6.56.

According to the study, the worst places to find a parking spot outside of London are Exeter, Bournemouth, Chelmsford, Gloucester, Preston, Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, and Stratford-on-Avon.

In addition to Edinburgh and London, the most expensive areas, apart from Cambridge, Norwich, Brighton, Nottingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool, and Newark-on-Trent, were also revealed.

“In the UK, huge numbers of people use their cars daily, whether commuting to work, doing the weekly shopping, taking gran to her appointments, or picking the kids up from school,” the report said.

"As public transport has been gradually scaled back over the years, with fewer bus routes and frequent disruption to rail services, the cost of public transport has continued to rise, making vehicle ownership a much more attractive option for many people.

"With more and more people choosing to drive themselves from A to B, finding a parking space can be easier said than done.”