Bournemouth Beach Parking

Below are post codes near the main Bournemouth Beach car parks. See the tab above for car parks more centric to the town centre. The car parks near the main beaches fill very quickly, but if you are prepared to walk a short distance there are usually alternatives. There is a (diminishing) amount of free on street parking. Before using on street parking ALWAYS check the time limits on the parking. Much on-street parking is severely time limited (eg 30mins or 1-2 hours). All parking restrictions in Bournemouth are rigorously enforced.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I hope this information is correct but it is NOT guaranteed. It is provided as-is.

Parking: Alum Chine Beach BH4 8HS

Alum Chine Car park is a small car park of about 105 spaces, 5 of which are reserved for disabled parking. It is approximately 200 yards further on from the post code and is along side a curved cul-de-sac that leads to the car park. In the summer months it fills quickly. As I remember there was free street parking on the road leading into the car park, but for obvious reasons this fills almost immediately in the morning.


Parking: Avon Beach Mudeford BH23 4AG or BH23 4DX or BH23 4EW

The beautiful sandy family beach at Mudeford is serviced by three car parks. The first is directly onto the beach at BH23 4AG. The second is a larger car park for around 250 cars at the end of Island View Avenue at BH23 4DX. This sunken car park is easy to miss so keep your eyes open especially when you turn into Avon Run Road. The other car park is a grass car park at BH23 4EW on Southcliffe road and while being the furthest from the beach is only a short walk away. There is some time limited street parking along Avon Run Road but otherwise parking is difficult with most residential roads having yellow lines to prevent them becoming blocked or restricted by holiday makers.

Parking: Boscombe Beach BH5 1BN

As you come down the hill towards the pier (which is the post code) there is a car park on the left about 50 yards from the round-about by the pier. This is the Overstrand car park with about 70 spaces. There is also another car park at the bottom of the hill - turn right off the round-about. This is the Undercliff Drive car park. It is sometimes closed or restricted for no apparent reason. It offers nose on parking direct onto the beach for 300 cars. A little further away (5-10 mins walk from the pier) are a clutch of four car parks in Hawkwood road in Boscombe post code BH5 1BY


Car Parking at Durley Chine Beach BH2 5JF

Unfortunately the main car park for Durley chine beach has a very confusing post code. Officially the code is BH2 5JG although on Google maps (and Bing maps) the correct code appears to be BH2 5JF. The post code for some flats near the entrance to the car park is given as BH2 5HJ. So take your choice, although personally I would go for BH2 5JF. Please remember that a post code is NOT for the car park but for a nearby location. When you approach the end of your journey you need to watch out for the car park and car park road sign directions.


Parking for East Cliff and West Cliff Beach BH1 2EW

Bath Road North and Bath Road South car parks are the closest to the the main Bournemouth beach and Bournemouth Pier. They are literally either side of the road between the the Royal Bath Hotel and the Bournemouth International Centre (and closer to the Royal Bath Hotel than the BIC).They each have respectively, approximately 120 and 110 places. Due to the proximity of East Cliff Beach and West Cliff Beach to the town centre, major town centre car park are only a short walk from East and West Cliff beaches. Particularly BIC Multistorey, The Pavilion and the Winter gardensparks

Car Parking at Fishermans Walk Beach BH5 1LL

Fishermans walk beach and also the eastern end of Boscombe beach are lucky to have a significant amount of free street parking available. Mainly between the Commodore Inn and Byron Road junction on the Boscombe Overcliff Drive there is a significant amount of nose on parking on the seaward side of the road and also normal street parking on the northern side of the road. The roads that join onto Boscombe Overcliff Drive also usually allow street parking. The last time I looked this street parking was free and time unlimited but it is important to verify that this is still the case. Bournmeouth council are reducing the amount of free on street parking every year. From the street parking there are some fairly steep pathways down to the beach known as the zig zags. An alternative is to use the cliff lift which is almost opposite the Commodore Inn. The post code is about mid way along the area that has street parking.

Parking for Hengistbury Head Beach and Mudeford Sandspit. BH6 4EL and BH6 4DX

The nearest car park to Hengistbury Head (and therefore Mudeford Sandspit) is the Broadway Car Park (BH6 4EL) which holds 700 vehicles. However the car park that is actually nearest to Hengistbury Head Beach is Solent car park (BH6 4DX) which holds 550 vehicles. There is also some heavily time restricted street parking along the Broadway and along Rolls Drive, limited to one hour.


Car Parking for Mudeford Sandspit at Mudeford Quay BH23 4AB

Mudeford Sandspit can be accessed from either Hengistbury Head (see below) or via a ferry from Mudeford Quay. Mudeford Quay also provides access to Avon Beach for those who are prepared to walk about a kilometer. The ferry runs all the year round, but in the summer months it travels roughly every 15 minutes and runs normally from early morning until dusk. For a relatively small sum of money you can enjoy a pleasant though brief trip across Christchurch harbour to Mudeford Sandspit. The alternative for Mudeford Sandspit is to park at Hengistbury Head (see below) and then either walk or catch the land train down to Mudeford Sandspit. Street parking in the area surrounding Mudeford Quay is difficult with almost all roads having yellow lines.

Car Parking at Southbourne Beach BH6 4BE

The main car park is known as Warren Edge car park. This car park holds around 180 vehicles. It is very close to the beach with fairly easy beach access down a long ramp. There is also some road parking (approximately 70 cars) along the Southbourne Coast Road immediately above Warren Edge car park. There is also another car immediately across the road on the landward side