Motorhome Parking in Dorset.
The information is presented by local authority area.
Dorset County Council; Parking Page. Contains details for several councils listed below; motorhome parking is indicated by icons where allowed (including at park & ride sites). Some councils may allow parking in car/coach bays or where there are no marked bays but check first and beware of information published elsewhere that says car/coach bays may be used. As explained below, councils need to provide for visitors in all sorts of vehicles so restrict the use of car parks in many cases.
Bournemouth Council; Parking Page; The web site used to include the Parking Order, which indicated at Schedule 1 Part 9 indicates that motorhomes can use Kings Park and Queens Road car parks. The council has confirmed that the order will be reinstated on the web site. See the note on the Avoiding Penalty Charge Notices Page "Make sure you have all of your vehicle's wheels positioned within the bay." .
Christchurch Borough Council; Parking Page. Motorhome parking may be allowed where there are no height restrictions but tickets for each bay used must be purchased. Best advice is to check with the council first.
East Dorset Council; Parking Page. Links to Dorset County Council hosted information, as above.
Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET. See the paragraph re motorhomes on the FAQs Page.
North Dorset District Council; Parking Page. Links to Dorset County Council hosted information, as above.
Poole Borough Council; Parking Page. Motorhome parking appears to be available except in multi-storey car parks and where "No motor caravans" is stated on the web site.
Purbeck District Council; Parking Page. Links to Dorset County Council hosted information, as above. Statement 7 December 2015: "Our Parking Order states that any vehicle parking in the car parks should park within a bay, or receive a Penalty Notice. It may be worth noting that West Street, Corfe Castle, Rempstone, Church Street, Wareham, Bonnets Lane (West and East), Wareham are very small and although if possible for motorhomes to park in a bay, they may have difficulties manoeuvring if the car park is full. We only have 1 car park in Wareham that is suitable for Lorry/HGV parking and Coach parking which has limited spaces taking a maximum of only 3 coaches at any one time. This particular car park gets very busy in the height of the holiday season with coaches bringing in tourists from out of the area, so it is therefore not possible to allow motorhomes to also use these spaces.".
The West Lulworth web site has information about parking at Lulworth Cove. There is no specific mention of motorhomes but it mentions that the "car park ‘takes all types of vehicles’".
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG. Statement 2 January 2014: "We have parking available for all types of vehicles, we do not have any height barriers or any bans on parking over multiple bays, on our busier days we have car parking attendants who will be there to help people park in appropriate places, such as size of vehicle, whether they're disabled, etc. We also have parking at the side of our building for longer/larger vehicles. The only thing we do not allow is people parking on site over night as we are on military land."
Swanage Town Council; Parking Page. When resources are available the council will look to adding motorhome parking information to the web site. (Stated 11 October 2013)
West Dorset Council; Parking Page. Links to Dorset County Council hosted information, as above. Statement received 11 December 2015: "As I am sure you have noted West Dorset District Council welcome Motorhomes in many of our car parks. Signage indicates whether or not Motorhomes are allowed in each car park. Some have specific Motorhome bays. Where specific Motorhome bays are provided Lorries/Coaches and other vehicles are not permitted to use these bays. Coaches/Lorry Bays - Coaches bring large numbers of people to our area who would otherwise be unable to come. They can only fit in a very limited number of spaces throughout our area. Lorries serve the business community and once again there is very limited parking in some of our towns for larger vehicles. By providing a variety of different parking spaces West Dorset District Council aims to serves the needs of as many visitors, residents and businesses as it can."
Eype. A35 Bridport Bypass at the Junction of unclassified road to Eype at the top of the Hill on left travelling west is a Lorry / Motorcaravan / Caravan /Car Park, with Picnic tables, Transport cafe and Municipal Toilet block ( not 24hr).
Lyme Regis Town Council; Parking Page. Statement 6 February 2014: "As a town council we do not provide parking for motorhomes". See Here for summer Park & Ride sites.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council; The Parking Page is hosted by Dorset County Council (see entry above); Park & Ride Page. Mentions motorhomes. Statement received 11 December 2015: "Motorhomes are permitted in all Weymouth and Portland car parks. If taking up more than one bay then all bays must be paid for. Coaches/Lorry Bays - Coaches bring large numbers of people to our area who would otherwise be unable to come. They can only fit in a very limited number of spaces throughout our area. Lorries serve the business community and once again there is very limited parking in some of our towns for larger vehicles. By providing a variety of different parking spaces Weymouth and Portland Borough Council aims to serves the needs of as many visitors, residents and businesses as it can."
Abbotsbury Tourism Ltd, West Yard Barn, West Street, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JT. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 17 November 2015 but no reply has been received (only a read receipt).
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Last updated: 9 August 2016
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