Motorhome Parking - Northern Ireland.


Where there are no notes against an entry for a council and no specific motorhome page link is given, the best advice is to contact the council before attempting to park.

NI Direct; Parking Page. In terms of parking, the situation is slightly different in Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom. The Department for Regional Development, part of Central Government, controls the vast majority of car parking provision and this is provided mainly for transportation rather than leisure purposes, and comprises both on-street and off-street parking. On-street, any restrictions in place will apply to all vehicles and not just motor-homes. The main impact on motor-homes being in busier urban areas where individual bays are marked for capacity reasons and some larger vehicles cannot be accommodated. There is also a general prohibition on camping on public roads. Off-street, motor-homes are not generally catered for in our car parks for a number of reasons. Capacity being the main one, in that we are trying to maximise the space available for the vast majority of our daily users who are car drivers. Our legislation is also specifically drafted to prohibit people staying and camping in our car parks as is not generally welcomed by local residents, even during the day. The DRD will explore the possibility of updating the 'Off-street and on-street parking' section on NIDirect to see if the information provided above can be added. (Stated 12 September 2013). It has subsequently been confirmed that parking across two spaces is not permitted within Northern Ireland and a person would be ticketed for this. The vehicle therefore must be parked within a single space as advised by DRD Road Service.

Discover Northern Ireland; Aires de Service Page. Note that some places mentioned are caravan sites rather than purpose built aires.

Local government in Northern Ireland was re-structured in April 2015. Until new web sites settle down the information below is taken from a mixture of the old and new.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; Home Page.
The former Antrim Borough Council stated in November 2013: "Antrim Borough Council has 2 tourism amenities which currently offer parking for Motorhomes: Antrim Lough Shore Park, Lough Road, Antrim - Day time parking for Motorhomes is available at this facility and they can book overnight to stay at the onsite Six Mile Water Caravan Park which offers electric hook up, waste disposal, free Wi-Fi; Cranfield, Churchtown Point, Cranfield - Motorhomes are permitted to park at this facility and it has been identified as an area to seek funding for an ‘aire de service’ in 2015-2020. We have just developed a new council website and we can publish this information on the sections about Antrim Lough Shore Park and Cranfield if you feel this would be useful."
The former Newtownabbey Borough Council stated on 17 September 2013 "The council has no daytime parking facilities for motorhomes".

Ards and North Down Borough Council; Home Page.
See Here for details of the aire de service facility at Donaghadee in the former Ards Council area.
On 16 September 2013, the former North Down Borough Council stated "Motorhome parking was recently discussed at Senior Management Team level within the Council when it was decided not to pursue such facilities within the Borough". This was partly because of the (then forthcoming) re-structuring and partly because of the facility at Donaghadee in the then Ards BC which it was felt may suffice in the meanwhile until a more comprehensive review is carried out by the new council.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Home Page.
The former Armagh City & District Council stated on 12 September 2013 "Parking is available at Coach Park, English Street, Armagh, Palace Demesne Car Park and Gaol Square".
The former Banbridge District Council stated on 17 September 2013 "The council's view is that parking for Motorhomes is not really an issue. In Banbridge Town and other main towns in the District (Dromore, Gilford and Rathfriland) there is ample parking and no restrictions for such use".
On 4 November 2013, the former Craigavon Borough Council confirmed that it would have no issue with a camper van/ motor home utilising any of the existing car parking spaces within any of the Parks during normal opening hours. However there would be a requirement to vacate the premises at the specified closing time. There are also a few car parks that are not locked in the evening and there no restrictions for motor homes to use these sites at any time for stop off or visiting.

Belfast City Council; Home Page. Belfast City Council is not responsible for parking. (Stated 1 November 2013). However, the council now has a Parking Page.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council; Home Page.
On 17 September 2013, the former Ballymoney Borough Council provided the information that daytime parking for motorhomes is available at Drumaheglis Marina.
See Here for details of the Aire de Service at Sandhill Drive, Portrush in the former Coleraine Council area.
On 10 December 2013, the former Limavady Borough Council stated that it did not own any car parks, all are in the management of the Department for Regional Development.
On 24 September 2013, the former Moyle District Council stated that it was exploring with funders the potential to develop a Aires De Service and dedicated parking spaces at Ballintoy Harbour. In the meantime the best advice that can be given is to contact the council if daytime parking is required.

Derry City and Strabane District Council; Home Page; Parking Page.
On 13 December 2013, the former Derry City Council stated that it did not own any car parks, all are in the management of the Department for Regional Development.
On 26 November 2013, the former Strabane District Counci stated "Unfortunately within our council area (Strabane District Council- Co. Tyrone) there are no official designated motorhome facilities (either within the public, community or private sectors) currently operating."

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; Home Page.
On 13 September 2013, the former Fermanagh District Council stated "It is understood that in the town of Enniskillen motorhome users tend to park in the off street car parks which are owned by the Department of Regional Development.".
In the final quarter of 2013, several attempts were made to contact the former Omagh Council, using both the single e-mail address they published and their on-line form. None of the attempts were responded to by the council.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council; Home Page. The Council does not own any car parks, all are in the management of the Department for Regional Development.
The former Lisburn City Council did not own any car parks, all are in the management of the Department for Regional Development.
In November 2013, the former Castlereagh Borough Council stated "The only car parks that are owned by Castlereagh Borough Council are those that are connected to our community centres, leisure centres and administrative buildings. We currently do not have specific provisions in place for parking spaces for Motorhomes in any of our facilities. Some of the centres would have height restriction barriers in place (to prevent lorries and commercial vehicles etc entering the car parks). The Dundonald International Ice Bowl does not have any height restriction barriers and motorhomes are welcome to park here when using the facilities. There is a planned redevelopment of the Ice Bowl in the next few years and the current plans have a specific "coach park" that would also cater for motorhomes but this is in the early stages of planning.".

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council; Home Page.
In the former Ballymena Borough Council area there is a Motorhome Service Point at Portglenone Marina.
In the former Carrickfergus Borough Council there is a Motorhome Service Point at Carrickfergus Harbour.
See the the Ports, Harbours and Marinas page.
On 24 September 2013, the former Larne Borough Council stated that it was in the process of preparing motorhome parking information for publication on its web site. In the event that didn't happen.

Mid Ulster District Council; Home Page.
On 7 November 2013, the former Cookstown District Councilstated that it was not responsible for parking.
Here. Note that this page is on the former council's web site so will have a limited life.
On 3 January 2014, the former Magherafelt District Council stated "This Council currently has no plans to publish Motorhome Parking information. Outside of Council car parks associated with Council Offices, Depots, Leisure Centres, Parks, Cemeteries and other leisure facilities such as Pitches the only other location which this Council has a car park at is a riverside leisure facility at Newferry near Bellaghy which is not equipped to deal with any other than normal car type (non LGV) traffic."

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; Home Page.
On 30 September 2013, the former Down District Council stated "The only car-parks within the District which are the responsibility of Down District Council are a number of tourist amenity car-parks, use of which is governed by Down District Council's Bye-Laws for Tourist Amenity Car-Parks. The order (which will be added to the web site towards the end of 2013) generally requires that vehicles must fit in the marked bays, which probably precludes parking of many motorhomes."
On 26 November 2013, the former Newry and Mourne District Council stated that it had one motorhome facility that has 4 parking spaces based in Annalong, Co. Down. Details are on the Visit Mourne Mountains website Here as well as the NITB website (discovernorthernireland.com, see above).

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Last updated: 19 March 2017
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