Loughborough has the usual mix of council-run car parks, private and supermarket car parks, and free and on-street spaces.
Regent Street has a car park serving the retail park there, parking is free for 2 hours if you’re using one of the businesses on there which include Curry’s and KFC (you can pay-and-display here otherwise). They do have a parking attendant so watch out.
Sainsbury’s offers 2 hours free parking every day, and since this is only 200m from the main shopping area this car park is useful for day-to-day shopping – plus most people inevitably get drawn into Sainsbury’s at some point so they get plenty of trade from it no doubt! Again the parking is monitored so don’t outstay your welcome.
The Rushes Shopping Centre’s parking is accessed from the main road (A6, Swan Street) and you exit onto Bridge Street. This is a pay-on-foot car park where you take your entrance ticket and pay on the way back to your car.
The Carillon Shopping Centre has a multi-storey pay-and-display car park accessed from Derby Square (which is one way with access from Swan Street only).
Two more large pay-and-display multi-storey car parks are accessed off Packe Street (one-way) and Woodgate (also one-way). Also off Woodgate is a small pay-and-display on the left which has a cut-through footpath right into Market Street, very handy if you have reduced mobility.
The car park on Granby Street is large and has masses of disabled parking spaces. Granby Street is one-way with access from Ward’s End so this can be busy on market days (Thu and Sat). Pay and display here too.
The leisure centre car park on Brown’s Lane is large and all on one level, Pay and display.
Many of the streets in the town centre have permit parking for residents which allow visitors up to 1 hour free parking, so keep an eye on the signs nearby. Useful spots are Lemyngton Street, Fennel Street, plus Frederick Street and the roads off it to the west.
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