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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Car parking in Durham City


The Sands car park is closed for two years to enable the construction of the council's new HQ. Sidegate car park is now a short stay car park to a accommodate visitors, shoppers and Freeman's Quay leisure centre users.

Alternative provision has been arranged on Providence Row for market traders with high sided vehicles to park during outdoor markets.

Icon for pdf Changes to parking in Durham - our new HQ video transcript (PDF, 98.5kb)

See Durham City car parks or Durham City Park and Ride for more information about parking in the city centre, including prices.

Disabled access parking

Disabled parking is available in Walkergate car park and Prince Bishops car park.

People with a blue badge will find dedicated spaces in all of the off-street car parks together with a Shop mobility scheme in the Prince Bishops car park.

We also have a number of dedicated bays on street which are time limited to ensure they can be used by a number of people throughout the day. 

Blue badge holders can also park in any of our general on-street pay and display and permits holder only bays free of charge.  In all cases please remember to display your badge.

Alternatively see our Durham City Park and Ride information. 

Electric car charging points

Electric car charging points are available in the city - see Electric vehicles and charging points.