Parking in Dartmouth

Dartmouth offers a variety of parking options to cater to both residents and visitors. These include public car parks, on-street parking, and park and ride services. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:  

PUBLIC CAR PARKS : 

Dartmouth has several public car parks conveniently located near key attractions and the town centre. Some of the main car parks include: 

  •  Mayors Avenue Car Park: This is one of the most central car parks, ideal for accessing the town centre and waterfront. It’s a pay-and-display car park with both short-term and long-term options. 
  • Dartmouth Park and Ride: Located on the outskirts of town, this service is perfect for those looking to avoid the hassle of finding a spot in the busier central areas. Regular buses run between the park and ride and the town centre, making it a convenient choice. 
  •  Old Market Car Park: Located in the centre of town. Parking at the Old Market Car Park is free, however there is no parking here on market days which are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  

For more information on car parks, please visit www.southhams.gov.uk and www.dartmouthtowncouncil.gov.uk 

ON-STREET PARKING:  

On-street parking in Dartmouth can be limited, especially during peak tourist seasons. However, there are several streets where you can find metered parking spaces and some free areas. Be sure to check the signs for any restrictions or time limits. The town operates a mix of short-stay and long-stay on-street parking, so it’s important to choose a spot that suits your needs. 

PARK AND RIDE

Dartmouth’s park and ride service is a popular choice, especially during the summer months and busy holiday periods. The park and ride is located at the top of town on the main road into Dartmouth (A3122), providing an easy solution to avoid the congestion and limited parking in the town centre. The buses run frequently and drop you off in the heart of Dartmouth, making it a hassle-free choice. 

COACH PARKING: 

Coaches are able to park at the Park and Ride at the top of the town, however drivers are allowed to drop people off and pick up at the Embankment. 

Tips for Parking in Dartmouth: 

  • Arrive early: Dartmouth is a popular destination and parking spots can fill up quickly, especially on weekends and during holidays. Arriving early can help secure a good spot.
  • Check for restrictions: Always read the parking signs carefully to avoid fines. Some areas have seasonal restrictions or permit-only parking.
  • Use mobile apps: Consider using parking apps that provide real-time information on available parking spaces and allow you to pay for parking without needing cash for example, RingGo.
  • Consider alternative transport: If parking in Dartmouth seems challenging, consider using alternative transport options such as buses or the ferry service if you’re coming from across the river.
  • Explore beyond the town centre: if central parking is full, look for spots a bit further out. Dartmouth is a small town, and a short walk can often lead you to quieter, less crowded parking areas.