Parking

Our car park, which was recently rennovated and extended, has ample space for visitors, including room for coaches, a drop-off area for taxis, plenty of disabled bays right by the entrance, and a well-lit bicycle shelter for cyclists.

How much does it cost?

Parking is available at just £4 per vehicle per day (there are no time restrictions for parking so you can stay as long as you wish). Coaches that visit as part of a pre-arranged group or school trip can claim free parking when they book in advance. And, there is a 20 free minute window for drop-offs and deliveries.

How does it work?

1. Collect your parking ticket at the barrier as you enter the site.
2. Visit the welcome desk, café, or gift shop to pay for your parking and validate your ticket.
3. Keep hold of your validated ticket and present it at the barrier as you leave.

Why do I have to pay to park?

As a non-profit organisation, we rely on raising funds from our day to day operation. In 2018, we extended and refurbished our car park in order to improve the visitor experience. The costs increased our expenditure and so we introduced a car parking charge that helps us to continue our work and further our charitable mission.

Remember, when you pay for your car parking you’re making a direct contribution to the Discovery Centre. We work hard to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with the incredible science and stories of Jodrell Bank and your support goes towards keeping this iconic site a great place to visit for everyone.

How you can save…

Annual Pass

Our popular Annual Pass scheme offers year-round free entry to the Discovery Centre, 10% off event tickets and a range special offers and updates. Since we launched the car parking charges, Annual Pass holders now also receive free car parking validation every time they visit. Annual Passes starts from just £16.50 and are a great way to support our work whilst enjoying a host of benefits along the way.

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Locals’ Pass

If you live nearby and visit Jodrell Bank regularly, you can save on parking with a Locals’ Pass. The Pass is available to our neighbours that live in the following postcode sectors: SK11 9, CW4 8, WA16 9, WA16 8, CW12 2, SK9 7, SK10 4, WA16 7. It costs just £4 and provides year-round free car parking validation. So, if you live nearby, you can still pop in to our cafe or visit the shop whenever you wish and continue to support our work throughout the year. You’ll also gain access to special offers and discounts.

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FAQs

We’ve answered a few FAQs below, if you have any other questions or queries about the new parking charge, please do get in touch.

I’m attending an event at Jodrell Bank, do I need to pay to park?

No, car parking for ticketed events is free, we will validate your parking for you before you leave.

I’m bringing a coach party to Jodrell Bank, how much will it cost?

Coaches and minibuses that have pre-booked are free to park.
You can find out more about group bookings here, and school bookings information is here.

I’m just popping in to visit the Café, do I still need to pay?

Yes, all visitors to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre need to pay for their parking.

However, you can access free parking if you have an Annual Pass. Find out more here.

Locals with a Locals’ Pass will also be able to access free parking. Find out more here.

I’m just making a delivery; can I get free parking?

Yes, parking is free for delivery drivers.

If your delivery has taken longer than 20 minutes, don’t forget to ask a member of our team to validate your ticket.

How do I pay for parking?

You can pay at either the welcome desk, the café or shop. We advise paying at the welcome desk at the same time that you buy your admission tickets or collect your wristbands.

What if I don’t pay for parking?

You won’t get past the exit barrier without a validated ticket. Please be sure to validate your ticket before you leave the Discovery Centre.

How much is it?

Parking is set at flat charge of just £4 per vehicle. This includes cars, motorbikes, vans and motorhomes.

I have an Annual Pass, do I need to pay to park?

No, Annual Pass holders will be able to park for free. Simply show your pass to a member of our team to validate your car parking ticket. If you don’t have an Annual Pass, sign up for one here.

Can I still visit on my bike?

Of course, there is no charge for cyclists and you can use our bike shed to store your bicycle while you’re visiting.
Remember to dismount as you pass the barriers on your way in and out.

I’m a volunteer at Jodrell Bank, what about me?

Volunteers, like staff, will not need to pay for parking. Ask your team leader to validate your ticket for you.

I’m visiting Jodrell Bank as part of a corporate event, what about me and my colleagues?

Parking is included in corporate event packages and your car parking ticket will be validated before you leave.

I’m disabled, do I need to pay to park?

No, disabled parking bays are free.