Council car parks

Parking in Bedford town centre is simple and convenient. See the clickable map at the bottom of the page for details of all our car parks. 

Free parking

  • Up to 4 hours at Allhallows.
  • Up to 2 hours every Saturday in all Council town centre single and multi-storey car parks.
  • All day every Sunday in Council-owned town centre car parks.
  • Every day after 6pm in all town centre car parks except for River Street.
  • Free on-street parking after 6pm, Monday - Saturday except for Castle Lane which is 11pm.
  • First 2 hours parking free Monday to Saturday in Queen Street Car Park.

You may still need to put a 'pay and display' ticket on your vehicle.

Blue Badge holders

Free parking for Blue Badge holders in all Bedford Borough Council car parks. Badges must be displayed at all times.

Late night parking

Allhallows, Lurke Street and River Street multi-storey car parks are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Lurke Street and Allhallows car parks offer free parking from 6pm to 8.30am.

Saturday parking

Parking is now free for up to 2 hours in all town centre multi-storey and surface car parks on Saturdays. This does not apply to on-street parking.

Available at:

  • Allhallows multi-storey car park (4 hours)
  • Lurke Street multi-storey car park
  • Queen Street multi-storey car park
  • River Street multi-storey car park
  • Duckmill Lane surface car park
  • Greyfriars surface car park
  • St Peter's Street surface car park
  • St Marys Gardens

Car park season tickets

Season tickets are permits or passes that allow you to park in a particular car park. They are available for most car parks. A season ticket reduces the average price of daily parking. You pay for a season ticket in advance so there is no need to visit a pay machine at all. 

Please note that a season ticket is only valid for the car park for which you have paid for.

Season car park tickets start at the first day of each month.

Download a car park season ticket application form (PDF). You must use this option if you need us to send you an invoice.

You can renew a car park season ticket by email at parkingcs@bedford.gov.uk or by phone on 01234 718057. Please tell us:

  • your contact telephone number
  • the car park you want to renew your permit for
  • your vehicle registration
  • the month you want to start from

Toilets 

Public toilets are available across the town centre. The first floor of River Street Multi Storey includes a ‘changing place’ toilet. The ‘Changing Place’ is open during the car park opening hours. 

Use of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging bays

EV charging bays are only to be used for charging an electric vehicle.

You must pay the full parking fee whilst the vehicle is being charged.

You will be fined if:

  • your vehicle is not charging whilst you use an EV charging bay, or

  • you do not pay for parking whilst your vehicle is charging in an EV parking bay.

Avoid getting a fine

You must put a 'pay and display' ticket on your vehicle, even if the first 2 hours are free.

Check arrangements at the car park when you park your vehicle.

Displaying the free pay and display tickets helps us see how long vehicles have been parked for. This ensures a regular turnover of spaces and prevents abuse of the scheme.

If you want to park for longer than 2 hours, you will need to pay the relevant tariff.

Parking enquiries

Email: parking.services@bedford.gov.uk
Tel: 01234 718057

Car parks map

Click the 'Parking' (P symbol) links on the map to see more information on each car park, including postcode, costs and chargeable hours.