- The Aldi supermarket at western end of town is the only
one offering free short term (two hours) car parking for customers.
There is a charge for using the Sainsbury car park . Parking
is currently free on Sundays at the Lowther Went (Wilkinsons)
car park, but check notices for latest situation.
On April 1 2011 Allerdale Council's Tory-LibDem executive extended the car park charging times to start at 8am and finish at 7pm, despite a 2,000 strong petition calling for lower parking charging. In 2012 the incoming Labour administration allowed a brief Free after Three parking at Wakefield Road (across the river by footbridge) for a three months trial (March/April/May 2012) but did not extend this incentive.
- There is a small amount of street parking (governed by disc
parking limits and remember to display your disc). The Pay
and Display parking areas are run by Allerdale Council with
charges in 2013 starting at £1 an hour.
- N.B. - Station Street is one way going south from Main Street
to Lorton Street, and the St Helens Street end of Kirkgate
is extremely narrow and barred to HGVs.
Cockermouth Car Parks...all involve a charge: In 2011 Allerdale Increased the operational standard charging hours to 08:00 to 19:00 Monday to Sunday
Short Stay town centre :
The permitted parking times and duration are subject to change and the town is heavily patrolled by traffic wardens.
For more details on car parking regime see the Allerdale Council Website :
NB. Allerdale Council employs Parking Attendants to enforce all yellow line and other parking restrictions.
Parking for coaches :
Parking for coaches is available at Wakefield Road free of
charge, but only if the coaches park in Marked Bays. The Town
Council are members of The Coach Drivers Club of Great Britain.