Parking Information for St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Car parking in St. Albans will require some advanced planning unless you feel like throwing money away.
Although charges are clearly marked on boards in each car park they are not the same for each car park and, it turns out, they cannot be relied on. Most of the car parks are run by St. Albans City Council but some are run by other organisations.
In 2003 you could, for example, pay £6.50 at the Christopher Place car park, if you wanted to park for over four hours but £3.20 for a whole day in one of the Victoria Street car parks but parking is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
In the London Road car park that we used the board stated, quite clearly, that the charge for up to 5 hours was £1.80 which is what we paid. However, having spoken to the St. Albans Car Parks Department, since our return, it appears that the charge should have been displayed as £2.00 and if a car park attendant had checked the car we could have recived an excess parking charge. If you fail to display your ticket or you exceed the time for which you have paid you could be 'fined' £45.00.
At the moment it seems that St. Albans City Council increase their parking charges each year by about 20-30%, compared with an inflation rate of about 3%, from 30 pence an hour in 2001 to 40 pence an hour in 2002 to 50 pence an hour in 2003. I rather suspect that the chap in charge of car parking is called Dick Turpin and that they want to discourage visitors who prefer to travel by car.
The following page is on the St. Albans City Council web site:
List of Car Parks
Update March 2009: It appears that currently the most economical car park is the one off St. Michael's Street (named Verulamium) at a one-off charge of £0.80p per visit but free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. There does not appear to be a time limit.
This information is based on our visit in 2003.