The best and cheapest places to park in central Manchester

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Whether it’s a day of shopping, visiting a museum, or dining out with friends, sometimes it’s easier to drive into the city center and park than deal with public transportation.

But with a plethora of parking lots available, and often confusing one-way systems to navigate and bus lanes to avoid, it can be tricky trying to figure out where to park.

And when you find a place, do you really get a good deal? And is it worth paying a little extra sometimes to park your car where you want to go?

Well don’t worry, the MEN has taken a look at the city’s car parks to find out which are the cheapest places to park close to where you want to go.

Check out our guide below for the best places near Victoria Station, Deansgate, Castlefield, Spinningfields, Oxford Road, Chinatown and the Northern Quarter.

Victoria/NOMA Station

Some of the cheapest parking in Manchester can be found here. So land on a piece of gravel and walk to save pounds.

Better for: Chetham School of Music, Printworks, Manchester Cathedral, National Football Museum, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, St Ann’s Square, Marks & Spencer, Manchester Arndale, Shudehill, Royal Exchange Theatre.

RED BANK (M4 4HF): A huge space of 420 that operates at a flat rate of £3 from Monday to Sunday, no matter how long you spend there.

DANTZIC STREET(M4 2AE): It may be small, with only 17 slots, but it’s cheap as tokens. All day parking is just £4 on weekdays and £3 at weekends.

PARK PLACE (M4 4EY): £3 weekdays, £2 weekends.

TOTAL PARKING SPACES, 87 ROCHDALE ROAD (M44HY): It’s cheap with parking from £1.75 all day on Saturdays and £2.75 during the week. Closed on Sundays.

RCP PARKING LTD, HANOVER STREET (M4 4BB): £8 for 4 hours and £12 all day, Arena events £10, has disabled spaces and you can reserve parking in advance online.

Castlefield/Deansgate

Better for: Midland Hotel, Radisson, Train Crossfit Manchester, Banyan Tree, Barca, Dukes 92, Castlefield Bowl, The Wharf, Albert’s Shed, The Hilton, Castlefield Gallery, Akbars, Hilton Deansgate, Cloud 23, Dmitris, MOSI, HOME, Bridgewater Hall, Indian Tiffin Room, Junkyard Golf, Briton’s Protection, Vertigo: Herbal Restaurant, Evuna, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Everyman Cinema, Royal Exchange Theatre.

SILVERCROFT RCP PARKING LOT (M15 4AX): 24 hour parking, weekdays £6, weekends £3.50, vans £14 all week. Paying at the machine is more expensive than through the mobile app.

GREAT JACKSON STREET (M14 4PA): A Manchester City Council managed car park with excellent rates for shorter stays. Up to 3 hours costs £2.50; a full day of 10 hours £7.50 and you can park the whole weekend Saturday and Sunday for £10. Holidays are free.

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SIP GREAT JACKSON STREET (M15 4PA): SIP is short for Simple Intelligent Parking and the company aims to be socially conscious through charitable donations and paying staff a living wage. Beware: sometimes you will get cheap SIP parking and other times the prices are sky high. This is a reasonable price of £4.50 for 3 hours, 10 hours £7, 12 hours £8.00, 24 hours £10.00. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

SIP DUKE STREET (M3 4JL): Just a short walk to MOSI and the Hilton end of Deansgate, Everyman Cinema, Castlefield Bowl and Odeon and restaurants at the Great Northern Warehouse. 4 hours £4, 8 hours £5, 12 hours £7, 24 hours £8.

SIP STREET COLLIER (M3 4NO): 2 hours £2, 4 hours £4.50, 8 hours £6, 12 hours £7, 24 hours £12.

Spinningfields down Deansgate towards Manchester Cathedral

Better for: Boujee, The Ivy, 20 Stories, Manchester Opera House, Fazenda, Rudy’s, John Rylands Library, Dishroom, The Oast House, Hawksmoor, Great Northern, San Carlo, House of Fraser, Manchester Crown Court, People’s History Museum.

It costs £28 for 8 hours in NCP Spinningfields Manchester City Council also operates the car park on King Street West: 4 hours is £20.20 and 24 hours is £32.50. Over the River Irwell, you’ll find NCPs at Stanley Street and the New Bailey, both around £14 for 4 hours and £24 for 24 hours.

SIP BOOTLE STREET (M2 5GU): A small car park with 17 spaces nearby at 4hrs for £6, 10hrs for £12, 24hrs for £17. There is no parking on Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.

BRIDGE STREET PARKING (M3 5AH): A 24-hour short-stay car park operated by Manchester City Council, located alongside the River Irwell. Cashless parking only. 1 hour £4.50 and a maximum stay of 4 hours £9.50.

North Ward / Ancoats / Great Ancoats Street

Better for: Malmaison, Double Tree Hilton, Piccadilly Station, Ducie Street Warehouse, Mackie Mayor, Dakota Grill and Hotel, Fred Aldous, Takk, Yard and Coop, Band on the Wall, Rudy’s, The Jane Eyre, Seven Bro7ers, The Hip Hop Chip Shop , Halle St Peter’s, Elnecot, Companio Bakery, Pollen Bakery, Frog and Bucket, The Butcher’s Quarter, Pull Up Bar and Café, Band on the Wall. Twenty Twenty Two, Bundobust, TNQ: The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar, Abel Heywood Pub and Boutique Hotel, Hope Mill Theatre.

Prices range from £18 on Dantzic Street (total car parks) to £16 per day on Edge Hill Street (SIP). Many car parks are around £6 (such as MCC Northern Quarter Carpark on Tib Street). On Tariff Street it’s £15 (CitiPark), and a short SIP ride on Pigeon Street and Ducie Street costs £6. Port Street car parks are around £10. Printworks Multi-Storey (with 777 spaces), is £22 all day on Saturday. (APCOA UK Parking).

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Oxford Road in Manchester

Oxford Road, University of Manchester and MMU area, Green Quarter

Better for: University of Manchester, MMU, Sandbar, Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, RNCM, KroBar, Gorilla, Kimpton Hotel, HOME, Wood, Manchester Academy, Contact Theatre, Big Hands, MRI, St Mary’s, The Deaf Institute, Manchester School of Art , Hatch , Holiday Inn Express.

Around £15 a day, prices here are less variable as many are part of university campuses, and some are run by Apcoa. The main car park here is on the Upper Brook Street side or towards Hulme on the Higher Cambridge side. University of Manchester parking is available on Charles Street, Aquatics/Booth Street East, Booth Street West, Cecil Street.

There are plenty of street parking spaces around the rear of MMU, towards Hulme and Moss Side. Some are paid at the machine for short stays, others are free. You are likely to get free parking after 8 pm in this area.

Canal Street, Chinatown, Sackville Street

Better for: Gay Village, Palace Theatre, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Chorlton Street Coach Station, Brookyln Hotel, Manchester Art Gallery, Richmond Tea Rooms, Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

BLOOM STREET (M1 3HR): Weekdays 4 hours for £6 and 9 hours for £10.50, weekends £5 all day or £10 for 2 days.

NCP SACKVILLE STREET (M1 3 YEARS): Safest parking award winner, though not terribly cheap: 4 hours for £14.20 24 hours, £25.50.

Q-PARK PLAZA, ST JAMES STREET (M1 4LX): This underground car park has 225 spaces, including spaces for the disabled. Prices range from £2.20 per hour to £27 per day. You can reserve your parking space online in advance.

MULTI-STOREY UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, CHARLES STREET (M1 3BB) – A huge car park with 808 spaces, so expect to get a space. Disabled parking is available. 5 hours for £7 and 24 hours for £15.

The best places to park in the city center

1. MCC, PICCADILLY GARDENS, CHATHAM STREET (M1 3AY): Open from 5:30 to 23:30, you’ll get the best deal here if you arrive between 6am and 9am to grab a spot for £6.50 for 12 hours. Annual and season tickets are available, as well as residence permits. Disabled parking and charging points for electric cars.

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2. MCC GREAT JACKSON STREET (M14 4PA): Great rates for shorter stays. Up to 3 hours costs £2.50; a full day of 10 hours £7.50

3. SIP DUKE STREET (M3 4JL): Just a short walk to MOSI and the Hilton end of Deansgate. 3 hours £3 12 hours £7

4. UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, CHARLES STREET (M1 3BB): 808 seats 5 hours for £7

5. MCC BLOOM STREET (M1 3LY): Disabled bays are reserved for Blue Badge holders only. FREE PARKING WITH BLUE PLATE. Open 24 hours. Any single visit up to 12 noon arrival and ticket purchased between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am – £7. On the contrary. 1 hour £4.50, 2 hours £7, 24 hours £12

6. QUEEN STREET (M3 7DQ): £5 all day pre-book online at rcpparking.com.

7. WATER STREET (M3 4JH) – With 350 spaces and advance reservations on the RCP website, you’re likely to find a good spot. weekdays £7 all day, weekends £5 all day. At the end of Liverpool Road, near MOSI, a short walk to Deansgate.

8.NCP MANCHESTER PALACE, WHITWORTH STREET (M1 6NE): Open 24 hours, central to everything. Early Bird Price £7.45 for arrivals between 5am and 9am for a stay of up to 12 hours on the same day. Otherwise it’s £29.95 for more than 7 hours.

9. NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD MCC (M4 1LX): a 24-hour car park with electric charging points. £6 for any single visit up to 12 hours with arrival between 6am and 9am After this it shoots up to £7 for 2 hours and £20.50 for 24 hours. Handicap bays are reserved for Blue Badge holders only. FREE PARKING WITH BLUE PLATE.

10. SIP PORT STREET (M1 2EG): Very cheap, great location, but only 21 spaces. 3 hours £3, 12 hours £6, 24 hours £10.

Manchester City Council also manages car parks, check out locations, parking spaces and rates across the city here here.

Street parking may offer the best rates for quick visits or free parking after 8:00 pm and on holidays.

Metrolink has a park and ride scheme and the Manchester Metroshuttle is free of charge and connects all areas of the city through its three routes.

Do you know other cheap car parks in the city center? Let us know in the comments or tweet @mennewsdesk



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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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