Drivers now face paying £24 per day to park in some English towns and cities

UK drivers now face paying £24 PER DAY to park in some English towns and cities. Seaside towns have hiked prices for parking in the Cost of Living crisis - and some behind the wheel face forking out £24 for a day at an iconic beachfront.

A study conducted by Motorscan ranked areas based on the average cost of a parking space within a 30-minute walk of the town centre across eight hours. Top spot was taken by Brighton, which will set motorists back £24.21.

Newquay came second with a £12.32 fee, twenty pence more than Falmouth in third. Southend on Sea was fourth with £11.50 and Bournemouth was £10.42. St Ives was £10.33, while Ilfracombe was £10, Eastbourne was £9.06 and Portsmouth and Whitby in ninth and tenth at £8.63 and £8.30.

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Speaking on the findings, Head of Vehicle Intelligence at Motorscan, Oliver Thompson said “As evidenced by our latest study, parking costs can significantly impact holiday experiences, especially during peak periods like Easter half term. Brighton’s staggering average parking fee of £24.21 tops the charts, highlighting the financial strain families may face when planning beach outings”.

“On the contrary, Hornsea emerges as a beacon of affordability, offering seaside parking at just £1.98 on average. These findings underscore the importance of informed decision-making and strategic planning to maximise enjoyment while minimising expenses during holiday travels. Just make sure that you’re prioritising safety and security when deciding where to park your car too.”

The cheapest areas included Filey at £6, as well as Colwyn bay at £5.84. Tenby, Dover and Burnham on Sea had prices above £5 but below £6 while Bridlington had £4.33 charges, and Portrush was on £3.47. Fife had a fee of £2.27 and Hornsea was £1.98.

Collating data via Parkopedia, the study evaluates the average parking costs in 30 prominent UK seaside towns. The analysis focuses on parking spots available on an 8-hour basis within a 30-minute or less walking distance from the town centre.