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Car Parking

All shopping centres and large retail outlets in Northern Ireland, provide large car parking facilities and many of which are free.  However, there are a few larger centres which charge an hourly fee using ticket machines.  Rates may vary so it is worthwhile to check with the complex before you visit by car. 

When using Pay & Display machines throughout city centres, you must ensure that the ticket you buy is sufficient for the length of your stay. Display this clearly on your car windscreen (not on side windows or the dashboard). Ticket machines take any Sterling coins from 5p to £2 (they do not accept copper coins).

To view details of individual car parks including tariffs please visit NI Roads Service.

News Update

The Department of Regional Development Minister has announced there will be free on-street car parking in part of Belfast City Centre in the run up to Christmas.

The Minister said: “This will be a welcome boost to shoppers and traders in Belfast city centre and I hope it will help to ensure a successful Christmas for the City. 

"From Monday 23 November to Saturday 26 December at 4.30pm each day, my Department will be suspending its enforcement operations, allowing free parking in streets at the back of the City Hall, where on-street parking charges currently apply. The streets involved are Bedford Street, Linenhall Street, Adelaide Street, Alfred Street, Ormeau Avenue, Franklin Street, Clarence Street and Linenhall Street West.

For more information on this topic please visit http://www.drdni.gov.uk/

Disabled Parking

Most Roads Service car parks contain wider parking bays and designated spaces for disabled drivers located close to pedestrian exits. The purpose of the Blue Badge Scheme in Northern Ireland is to allow people with a walking disability to park on-street, close to the facilities and services they need so as to improve their lifestyle, independence and freedom of choice. 

A Blue Badge should always be displayed when availing of the concessions provided by the Disabled Persons Badge Scheme or when parking in a bay set aside for a disabled driver.

Shop Mobility

Shop Mobility Northern Ireland was set up in 2004 and is a body supported and funded by the Department for Regional Development. 

Shopmobility is a service that provides the means to enable people with mobility difficulties to access cities, towns and shopping centres throughout Northern Ireland through the provision of mobility equipment such as motorised scooters, manual wheelchairs and physical assistance.

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There are currently eleven Shopmobility schemes and one mobile unit operating within Northern Ireland.  Some of these schemes operate in more than one location.

Click here to search for a Shopmobility scheme near you.

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