Parking in Cockermouth
- The Aldi and Lidl supermarkets are the only ones offering
free short term (one and a half hours) car parking for customers.
There is a charge for using the Sainsbury car park (some recoverable
at checkouts). Parking is currently free on Sundays at the
Lowther Went (Wilkinsons) car park,
but there is a new pay on exit system on Mon-Sat..
- 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
the following approximate charges in 2021 But see pdf link
beklow for latest. There is also now a private car parking
site with daily charges in Lorton Street.
Fairfield car park: 7am-7pm
2 hours £2.60
Riverside car park
2 hours £2.80
Wakerfield Road (Memorial gardens)
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.
On April 1 2011 Allerdale Council's 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.
- 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.
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.