‘Little gem’ named UK seaside town with cheapest parking costs

A study by Scrap Car Comparison analysed parking prices across the most popular coastal towns in the UK.

The seaside town of Lympstone, in Devon, came first with the most affordable parking prices, costing just 40p an hour.

Lympstone is a unique town by the coast of Devon with an interesting harbour on the estuary of the River Exe.

On Tripadvisor, many holidaymakers recommended visiting the unusual spot, where travellers will spot “plenty of wildlife”.

A visitor named John explained: “The path from Exeter can be busy as it runs alongside the river but offers places to eat along the route. Ideal for cycling.”

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Another one, named Andy, said Lympstone has a “scenic river with a variety of things to do”.

He explained: “This was our first time in Lympstone and we were pleasantly surprised. What a scenic and wonderful place it is.

“There are river cruises and walks along the river and wonderful villages with small shops to browse local goods in. Great place to spend a day, or more.”

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Christopher, who recently visited the coastal town, described the River Exe as the “river of dreams”.

He added: “The Exe estuary must be one of the most beautiful estuaries in the world. Poets and artists have been inspired by it, as have novelists and painters.

“Walk down to the goat walk in Topsham to get inspiring views out to sea. Or take the Round Robin boat trip to Exmouth to catch sight of avocets and green-blue translucent waters. Lympstone is a little gem and worth a wander around its maze of streets.”

UK seaside towns with the cheapest parking per hour

  1. Lympstone, England £0.40
  2. Clacton-on-Sea, England £0.50
  3. Fishguard, Wales £0.50
  4. Melcombe Regis, England £0.50
  5. Milford Haven, Wales £0.50
  6. Rhos-on-Sea, Wales £0.50
  7. Hornsea, England £0.60
  8. Roker, England £0.60
  9. South Shields, England £0.60
  10. Lyme Regis, England £0.70

New research from Millets, however, revealed that in terms of parking for up to four hours, the cheapest town is Tynemouth, in the northeast of England, costing just £4.

Tynemouth was followed by Weymouth, on the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset, Poole and Clacton-on-Sea, as the towns with the cheapest parking prices for four hours. 

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