"Cardiff's Parking Voucher System" Top 5 Page for this destination Cardiff Tourist Trap Tip by aaaarrgh

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by aaaarrgh

Street parking in the city centre areas is tightly controlled by the use of parking vouchers, currently (2006) 1.20 GBP each. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find somewhere that sells parking vouchers. Especially if you are a visitor. There are no maps on the street, or voucher machines. But lots of parking wardens of course :-)

It is a particular problem around the Civic Buildings - University, Museum - because shops are not allowed in this area. Recently it took me 15 minutes to find a side door in one of the buildings where they sold vouchers. And I live in Cardiff!! When I returned a traffic warden was 20 metres from the car, waiting to pounce.

Unique Suggestions: At least if you have no alternative but to bring your car, check the Cardiff Council Website for a lost of parking locations. The have a list of outlets which sell parking vouchers. These outlets have the yellow letters "SG" displayed in their window - oh, that's soo obvious, isn't it ;-)

If you do have to leave your car to buy a voucher, then BE QUICK!!!!

Fun Alternatives: As an alternative you could use one of the large multi-storey carparks in the city centre. Or short term car parks on North Road. Or "Park & Ride" on a Saturday.

Or better still, don't bring your car and come by bus, coach or train.

UPDATE: roadside ticket machines have recently (2008) been installed around the Civic Buildings. And remember that after 6pm, parking here is FREE!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2008
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