Where to park in Scarborough

Best Places to Park in Scarborough

If you’re a regular visitor to Scarborough, especially from further afield, you will know it can be something of a challenge getting to the seaside town, particularly in the Summer months.

The last thing you want when you arrive is to be driving round, looking for a car parking space. This is why we have put together this handy guide, so you can find the best places to park in Scarborough before you set off.

Cheap Parking Scarborough

If you are looking for the cheapest place to park in Scarborough, you can park for 12 hours for just £4.00 at Tesco Superstore, although these spaces must be pre-booked through Your Parking Space. This location is close to Scarborough train station and the town centre, and is just a 10 minute walk (0.5 miles) from Scarborough South Bay beach.

You can usually pre-book on the day, so you don’t need to plan your day too far ahead.

If you are looking for monthly parking in Scarborough, you can park for just £60 for 1 month at Tesco supermarket when you book through Your Parking Space.

Cheap parking options in Scarborough

LocationPrice (9am – 5pm)
Sainsbury’s Scarborough£4.15Book
Tesco Scarborough£4.00Book

Council Car Parks in Scarborough

Most people out there looking to park in Scarborough will want to find the most convenient council car park.

You will be pleased to know that there are plenty of options available, depending on which side of Scarborough you are heading to.

Short stay car parks in Scarborough (with pricing)

A short stay car park allows you to park for up to 6 hours, which might be plenty for some day visitors.

Car ParkAddressBaysPricing (2024)
Falconers Road Car ParkFalconers Road, Scarborough, YO11 2EN231 hour: £1.70
2 hours: £2.90
3 hours: £4.00
4 hours: £5.10
6 hours: £5.60
North Street Car ParkNorth Street, Scarborough, YO11 1DE1561 hour: £1.70
2 hours: £2.90
3 hours: £4.00
4 hours: £5.10
6 hours: £5.60
Sea Cliff Road Car Park Sea Cliff Road, Scarborough, YO11 2XU82Free (maximum 3 hour stay)
St Nicholas Parade Car ParkFalconers Road, Scarborough, YO11 2EN131 hour: £1.70
2 hours: £2.90
3 hours: £4.00
4 hours: £5.10
6 hours: £5.60
St Thomas Street Car ParkSt Thomas Street, Scarborough, YO11 1DY1231 hour: £1.70
2 hours: £2.90
3 hours: £4.00
4 hours: £5.10
6 hours: £5.60
Victoria Road Car ParkVictoria Road, Scarborough, YO11 1SF231 hour: £1.70
2 hours: £2.90
3 hours: £4.00
4 hours: £5.10
6 hours: £5.60

Long stay car parks in Scarborough (with pricing)

Long stay car parks offer parking for up to 24 hours, so better suited to those visiting Scarborough overnight.

Car ParkAddressBaysPricing (2024)
Castle Road Car Park
(short stay tariff applies in July and August)
Castle Road , Scarborough, YO11 1BH592 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Albion Road Car ParkAlbion Road, Scarborough, YO11 2BT
632 hours: £2.20
4 hours: £3.30
6 hours: £5.00
24 hours: £6.00
Eastborough Car Park Eastborough, Scarborough, YO11 1NH
402 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Friar’s Way Car ParkFriars Way, Scarborough, YO11 1HN
742 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £6.50
24 hours: £9.00
Marine DriveMarine Drive, Scarborough, YO11 1PG3642 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
North Terrace Car ParkNorth Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 1HU
142 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £8.00
Northstead Lower Car ParkBurniston Road, Scarborough, YO12 6PF961 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Northstead Upper Car ParkRyndle Crescent, Scarborough, YO12 6AQ5561 hours: £1.70
2 hours: £2.80
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Quay Street Car ParkQuay Street, Scarborough, YO11 1PL391 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Scalby Mills Car ParkScalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP1701 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
South Bay Underground Car ParkForeshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 2HD1381 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Spa Drive Car ParkForeshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 2HD331 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Spa Forecourt Car ParkForeshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 2HD181 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Victoria Park Car ParkVictoria Park, Scarborough, YO12 7TS331 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
West Pier Car ParkForeshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 1PB1091 hours: £2.20
3 hours: £4.40
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
Westwood Car ParkWestwood, Scarborough, YO11 2PF1072 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00
William Street Car ParkWrea Lane, Scarborough, YO12 7PL1432 hours: £3.30
4 hours: £5.50
6 hours: £7.00
24 hours: £9.00

Parking near Scarborough South Bay

If you’re staying close to the town centre and the amusements during your trip to Scarborough, I recommend you find a car park close to South Bay, so you can unload your beach toys, bags and picnic and head straight to the beach, without a long walk.

West Pier Car Park is as close you can get to Scarborough South Bay beach, as it is located at the other side of the RNLI lifeboat station next to the access to the beach.

This car park can get full early during peak times so we recommend getting there early. If West Pier Car Park is full, head down Foreshore Road to South Bay Underground Car Park which is the next closest option for accessing the beach.

Parking near Scarborough North Bay

Scarborough’s North Bay is generally much quieter as there are fewer amenities around. The most convenient car parking for North Bay beach is Marine Drive, which is just across the road from the beach itself.

Whilst there are over 350 spaces, these do tend to get full early on, although people come and go throughout the day, so you should find a space eventually.

There is also Northstead Lower and Northstead Upper car parks which are just a 2 minute walk from North Bay beach and don’t get as full (lower car park tends to be full quicker than the upper car park).

Scarborough Park and Ride

If you don’t fancy battling the traffic into Scarborough, you can use one of the two park and ride sites in Scarborough, which offer free parking (A64 Seamer Road and A165 Filey Road).

I have written a guide on Scarborough park and ride which has more information available including pricing and opening times.

Free parking in Scarborough

If you’re quite happy with a bit of a walk and you are more concerned about saving money, there’s a few places you can park for free in Scarborough so you can avoid hefty car parking charges.

There are no parking restrictions on the following streets in Scarborough, so you can park for free for as long as you need:

  • South Cliff Road
  • Northstead Manor Drive
  • Holbeck Road (North)
  • Weaponess Park
  • Mountside
  • Granville Road
  • Lonsdale Road

I tend to come in via the A165 Filey Road and use South Cliff Road.

The walk down to Scarborough’s South Bay takes around 15-20 minutes, but in the Summer its a lovely walk, even in the evening.

The road is wide and has plenty of space, even for large cars or even small vans. Always remember to be considerate when parking and don’t block access for any residents.

Free parking after 6pm in Scarborough

If you decide to visit Scarborough in the evening, parking is free in all council run car parks after 6pm. If you’re visiting during the day, you only need to pay for parking up until 6pm, even if you plan on staying later, so you take advantage of the free parking scheme.

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