Car parking

Free parking in the run up to Christmas

We're providing FREE parking in our council-owned car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 30 November

Car parking is also free at South Oxfordshire District Council-owned car parks in the run-up to Christmas, on the following days:

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wallingford – Thursdays from 6 December


WARNING: Please note that the Rye Farm Commercial car park is closed until further notice.

We are responsible for public off-street car parks and offer a range of long and short stay parking facilities in Abingdon, Wantage and Faringdon. 

All our car parks, except the Charter multi-storey are open 24 hours and operational between 8am and 6pm, which is the period when charges apply.  

In pay and display car parks, between 8am and 6pm you will need to display a valid ticket, including for the free two hour period.  

There is a no return policy to all of the pay and display car parks: once the vehicle leaves a car park it may only return to any one of the car parks within the town you are in within two hours if a charge is paid.  

The council's parking orders (see Downloads section on parking fines page) include the costs of standard parking fees and longer term parking permits. Information about these fees can also be found under the individual car parks.   

For details of all our car parks as well as information about parking permits and parking fines, see the page menu.

For any other queries please contact the council's car parks team (see Contacts section of this page). Outside office hours please leave a message, or telephone our out-of-hours emergency telephone number: 01235 422420

Oxfordshire County Council, as highway authority, is responsible for on-street parking activities, which include street pay and display parking, control of traffic, regulations (e.g. yellow lines), bus lay-bys and residents parking schemes. Any queries should be addressed to Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford. Details of how to pay county council parking fines can be found on this page of the county council's website Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... . Alternatively, telephone 01865 792422.

Car park complaints

To report an incident of vandalism or misuse within a car park, a health and safety issue or any other car park issue not connected to an Excess Charge Notice, then please use the online form below:

Last reviewed: 21 - 11 - 2018

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