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Parking in Leicester City Centre

Cafe at night

Getting into the city couldn’t be easier, with over 8,500 car parking spaces available in the city centre and 1,500 additional car parking spaces available at the Park & Rides and many city centre spaces for free motorcycle parking. Secure bike parking facilities are also available.


The M1, Junction 21, or 22, provide good access to Leicester city centre. The M69 and M6 also offer easy access from Birmingham, Wales and the Southwest.


Follow the car park zone signs to find a space at one of the city’s many car parks - the maps at the bottom of the page show you where the car parks are located. All of the multi-storey car parks in the city centre are extremely well sign-posted and have up-to-date real-time availability clearly shown, so if your first choice is full, carry on to the next car park with spaces.


You can also get updates from the traffic bulletins on BBC Radio Leicester - 104.9FM.

New car parking charges will be coming into effect from 23 November 2014. This will simplify the charging bands and keep charges to whole pounds, making it easier to make payments.


Parking for blue badge users

Leicester City Council owned car parks offer free parking for blue badge holders. Council-run car parks are indicated in the car park lists below with an asterisk *.

·         Apply for a blue badge

·         Find out about disabled residents' parking spaces


Looking for where to park

Digital parking sign

Find a parking space easier with the digital car parking signs which direct drivers to the nearest multi-storey car park with available spaces. 

Find any NCP car park online or check the car park details below.

Please note that in Leicester normal parking charges apply on Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (unless the latter fall on a Sunday).

Motorcycle parking

City centre at night

Free parking for motorcycles is available in the following car parks: Newarke Street, Granville Road  and Victoria Park.

Free motorcycle parking is also available in the city centre on Horsefair Street and  Bowling Green Street.



Multi-storey car parks

Showcase Cinema de Lux

North Zone - This is the area closest to the Haymarket Shopping Centre, St Margaret's Bus Station and near the St George's Cultural Quarter.  
·         Haymarket Centre - 0116 454 6300*

·         Abbey Street - 0845 050 7080

·         Lee Circle - 0845 050 7080



South Zone - De Montfort University, Newarke Houses Museum, Welford Road Stadium and Leicester Royal Infirmary are in close proximity to this area.

·         Welford Road - 0845 050 7080

·         Newarke Street (Phoenix) - 0116 254 9856*

East Zone - St George's Cultural Quarter, Curve, Phoenix, Leicester Train Station, The Y Theatre and New Walk Museum & Art Gallery (nearer to East St) are close to this zone.   

·         Rutland Centre - 0845 050 7080

·         East Street - 0845 050 7080

·       Phoenix Square  - 0116 454 6300 *

West Zone - King Richard III Visitor Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester Cathedral Gardens and The Guildhall are in this area.

·         Highcross - 0116 242 8644

·         St Nicholas Circle - 0845 050 7080


* The asterisked ones are the city council car parks where free parking for blue badge users is located. 

Surface level car parks

Cathedral spire at night

Central Zone - Located within the city centre.

·         Lee Circle over-height vehicle park - 0845 050 7080

·         Mansfield Street (rear of Argos) - 0207 563 3000

·         Dover Street - 0116 454 6300 *

·         Mansfield Street - 0870 855 5888


Outer Zone - Located on the outer edges of the city centre.

·         Almond Road - 0207 563 3000

·         Granville Road - 0116 454 6300 *

·         Victoria Park - 0116 454 6300 *

·         Great Central Street - 0116 262 7986

·         St Margaret’s Pastures - 0116 454 6300 *

·         Granby Halls - 0845 050 7080

·         Abbey Park - 0116 454 6300 *


* The asterisked ones are the city council car parks where free parking for blue badge users is located.  

Choosing a car park

Town Hall Square fountain

Choose the right car park no matter which direction you are coming from:

·         From North of Leicestershire (A6, A607)
Follow 'North Zone' car parking signs for Abbey Street (LE1 3UA), Haymarket (LE1 3XJ) and Lee Circle (LE1 3RE) car parks.



·         From East of Leicestershire or Rutland (A47)
Follow 'East Zone' car parking signs for East Street (LE1 6NB), Rutland Centre (LE1 1TQ) and Lee Circle (LE1 3RE) car parks.


·         From South of Leicestershire (A6, A5199, A426)
Follow 'South Zone' car parking signs for East Street (LE1 6NB), Newarke Street (LE1 5SP), Welford Road (LE2 7AD) and Rutland Centre (LE1 1TQ) car parks.


·         From West of Leicestershire (A47)

Follow 'West Zone' car parking signs for Highcross John Lewis Car Park (LE1 4QJ), Highcross Rooftop (LE1 4FY) and St Nicholas Circle (LE1 4LF) car parks.



Shopmobility is a FREE loan service providing scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs, available to anyone who struggles to walk around the city centre.

You will need to join to use the service, membership is free - please telephone: 0116 253 2596 for details.

Highcross Shopmobility (Rooftop car park level 2):
Open Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 3pm. Tel: 0116 253 2596

Haymarket Shopmobility (Charles Street, at the side of the Haymarket):
Open Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 4pm, Saturdays 9.30am - 3.30pm. Tel: 0116 253 7125

Dial-a-Ride: Greater Leicester area door to door service into the city and back: Tel: 0116 221 1457

A textphone is provided for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing: Tel: 0121 45 50 086

'Accessible Leicester' is our comprehensive city centre guide and information booklet for disabled people planning a trip into Leicester. It is available to view online in an easy to view flip-book version, which requires Flash Player plug-in software available from the Adobe website.
> Click here to view the Accessible Leicester 2013 Guide 

See also:

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking

Bicycle parking is available at the Bike Park in Town Hall Square, at the new Railway Station Bike Park and at the Park & Ride sites. The Park & Ride sites are also trialling a new scheme to Park & Cycle. Mobile bike parks are set up at some major events. (Please check with the event organisers.)