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Free Parking on Late Night Shopping Evenings

On Thursdays before Christmas and also from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd December the Howard Centre is open until 7pm and there's FREE parking for all arrivals after 5pm on these shopping evenings


Parking at the Howard centre

The Howard Centre has a secure multi-storey parking facility provided over 4 split levels which is located at the southern end of the centre which can hold up to 725 vehicles. Entry to the car park is from 4am until 8pm Monday to Saturday and from 6am until 8pm on Sundays. Exit is possible after this time but it is not something we encourage, as we have signs stating no over night parking, this is because we have to leave all eight levels lit until the last car has gone.


Disabled car parking spaces are available on the first level. Lifts are available from all car park levels to the mall. Our security control room is manned 24 hours a day and a CCTV camera system is in operation on the mall and in the car park. Help points are on level 7, 5 and 3 and all pay stations and barrier points.


The  car park charges are as listed below:-


0 to 2 hours         £1.20 

2 – 3 hours          £2.50    
3 – 4 hours          £3.50

4-5 hours             £4.50          

Over 5 hours      £10.00
Lost tickets         £10.00
Sundays              £1.00 per visit 
Bank Holidays   £1.00 (please note you will still need to take a ticket and get it validated at the paystation before leaving the car park).


Tickets must be validated at one of our car park pay machines. You can find these opposite Shopmobility on the first floor, and near the Lottery Kiosk on the ground floor.


Please note: The access ramp to the car park will not accept heights over 6ft 6 ins (2 metres).


The Howard Centre's car park is off Church Road and the Hunters Bridge Car Park is operated by the local council.


The Howard Centre is a Park Mark™ Safer Parking Award Holders. Using a car park which is a Park Mark™ Safer Parking Award Holder means that the area has been vetted by the Police and has measures in place in order to create a safe environment.



Car Valet UK are one of the largest car wash and valet companies with over 50 sites throughout the UK. Now at the Howard Centre, located on the third floor of the multi-storey car park, they provide a professional hand car wash and valeting service to a high standard of customer satisfaction. With wash and valeting options starting from £5.95 for a 3* clean to a premier 5* plus you can leave your car to go shopping and come back to it sparkling clean! Car wash operates Monday to Sunday during shopping centre opening hours. Visit for more details.


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