Car parks in the district

The map below shows the locations and details about car parks in the district.

With immediate effect the Lower Leas Coastal Park car park  is closed from 8pm - 8am daily. Please make sure you leave the site on time. We are unable to release any vehicles overnight.

Google map of car parks in the district

General information

  • Most council car parks are pay and display between 8:00am and 6:00pm daily. It's usually free to park outside these times
  • Sandgate Road car park now operates an automatic number plate recognition system.   You can set up an Autobill account for ticketless parking in this car park. The car park is usually locked at 9:00pm unless there is an event at the Leas Cliff Hall. 

Disabled parking

Disabled badge holders can park free of charge for up to 3 hours in all Folkestone & Hythe District Council managed pay & display car parks. It is also legal to park on on-street yellow lines for up to 3 hours provided the vehicles do not cause obstructions, such as parking close to junctions. Free parking is also allowed on all on-street pay & display spaces, permit and shared use spaces for as long as necessary.

If you are a Blue badge Holder, you are still liable for a penalty charge notice if you:

  • Don’t display your blue badge correctly
  • Don’t display your time clock in areas where a time limit applies e.g., car parks, yellow lines
  • Park in areas with loading restrictions (yellow kerb markings)
  • Park in taxi ranks, loading bays, bus stops, school keep clear markings, footways, suspended bays, EV charging bays without charging etc.

Electric Vehicle Charge Points

The following car parks now have working electric vehicle charging points:

  1. Tram Road Car Park
  2. Sandgate Road Car Park
  3. Wilberforce Road Car Park, Sandgate
  4. Dymchurch Central Car Park
  5. Church Road Car Park, New Romney
  6. Station Road, The Sidings, Lyminge
  7. Upper Payers
  8. The Paddocks, Hythe
  9. Mount Street, Hythe
  10. The Lade
  11. Shellons Street Car Park
  12. Military Road Car Park
  13. West Street, Car Park
  14. High Knocke
  15. Twiss Fort Car Park Hythe
  16. Battery Point
  17. Pleydell Gardens
  18. Lower Payers Car Park, Mill Bay
  19. East Cliff Pavilion
  20. Jolly Fisherman, Greatstone
  21. Fisherman's Beach
  22. Castle Road Car Park, Sandgate
  23. The Coastal Park Car Park
  24. Broomfield Road Car Park
  25. Civic Centre Car Park
  26. Lower Sandgate Road West Car Park

Ways to pay

  • All pay and display ticket machines accept 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins; they don't give change
  • Pay via the RingGo app using a credit or debit card
  • Pay over the phone using a credit or debit card by following the instructions on the pay and display machine
  • Contactless: 18 of the district's 27 pay & display car parks and all on-street P&D sites now offer customers the option to make contactless card payments. Instructions are on the P&D machines.

Apply for a car park permit

If you regularly use a council car park, you can apply for a car park resident's permit or season ticket.  More information can be found on our parking permit page.

Apply for or renew a parking permit