Parking at any seaside area can be tricky at the best of times especially during peak time and weekends, but it is not impossible to find a space (honestly, it isn’t) and it can change within minutes of looking full. The best advice is to go round the block a few times until a space becomes available.
The traffic wardens are hot on the case every day at issuing tickets from 8am to 8pm, which currently are £70 fixed penalty (£35 if paid within 2 weeks). These are issued to anyone parking on the double yellow lines (between 8am until 8pm), and in the Zone A residents parking zones without displaying a valid Zone A permit 8am until 6pm.
If you park on the opposite side of the road to the guest house it is free parking for 24 hours with no return in 12 hours (though you can move the car to another space, where available on the same side to get around this but the traffic wardens do not tend to bother issuing tickets unless they receive a complaint i.e. car parked in same spot for a fortnight!).
ZONE A RESIDENTS PARKING BAYS (8am – 6pm)
If you park in the bays directly outside on the same side as The Ladybird you will need a parking permit for between the hours 8am – 6pm. There are also other Zone A Bays in the area, you will need to check the signage when you park. Permits are only valid for a 24 hour period from time of issue, after which you will need a new one issued. These are available on request at time of check-in at a cost of £2.00 each.
BLUE BADGE HOLDERS
If you have a blue badge, you are fine to use that in the Zone A residents parking bays and also for up to three hours on the double yellow lines.
Meters for pay and display are situated along the seafront and are various prices (cheaper the further away you park from the attractions) and are anything between £4.50 to £8.00 approx. per day.
PRIVATE CAR PARK TO THE IMMEDIATE LEFT OF THE LADYBIRD
The car park on the corner of Wellesley Rd and Princes Rd is a private car park used by another local guest house and hotel for their own guest bookings and is not associated with The Ladybird.