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Parking in England

We are renting a car and driving through England for 4 weeks. We use many wonderful travel apps to make our journeys easier but are having difficulty finding a parking app for England. Can anyone refer a good one?

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Do you mean an app to pay for parking? If so you may need several such as Apcoa, Just Park, RingGo

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2553 posts

When you find a parking bay, the machine where you "pay" will tell you what app to use, so download the relevant app at that time.

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1121 posts

Yes you are likely to need a number of different apps. Some car parks take card payments. Parking is quite a pain in many places as you have to battle with the difficulties of finding a space and then negotiating the many different payment methods and parking rules.

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Yes, we will use the local suggestions at parking areas for paying but in particular we are looking looking for a more detailed application that finds parking, especially in smaller rural areas.

I have two of the three apps mentioned (one will not download). Unfortunately they are not that detailed in rural areas like the Cotswolds; they show parking miles and miles away.

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2447 posts

Just turn up and work out when you arrive. I also keep the well in the car full of small change that I can just put into parking machines - although most now accept bank cards.

Some machine ask you to put in the car reg number - so make a note of it so you can pull it out of your pocket and tap it into the machine. (They do this because kind people who have spare time over have been passing on parking dockets to people entering car parks).

You will find free parking at big supermarkets on the edges of towns. These usually have petrol stations as well and the petrol is usually cheaper than else where. Also note that these supermarkets also usually have decent toilets.

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I don’t know of an app that shows all the parking options around the country. I usually look on Google maps to find car parks in places I don’t know. Often there are user reviews that might give you info as to whether it’s likely to be busy or what it’s convenient for etc.