Car park

Car parks

From 15th October our car park machines will no longer accept the old £1.00 coins.  All machines have been updated to enable them to accept the new £1.00 coin and other coins. 

ADVANCE WARNING - Please note that Riverside car park in Wallingford will be closed to the public on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 26 November due to events being held by Wallingford Rowing Club.  The car park will open as usual the following day.

News - You may notice that we've installed some new pay and display machines.  The new machines will allow you to pay by credit and debit card and will also accept coins, including the new £1.  Old £1 coins will continue to be accepted until they cease circulation in October.  

You will also still be able to pay by your mobile phone via the Connect Cashless system.  

When using the new machines you will need to insert your vehicle registration on the key pad when paying to park.  

They will be powered by solar panels making it much cheaper and greener to run and where possible, will be installed into existing machine holders to save waste.

News - from 4 January 2017 until further notice there will be a loss of 18 parking bays within Goldsmith Lane car park, Wallingford due to an ongoing redevelopment within the area. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. 


We have 16 car parks in Didcot, Goring, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Chinnor, Wheatley, Culham, Benson and Wallingford. There are a mixture of short/long stay, free and 'pay and display' car parks that are controlled by Parking Orders (see below).

Car park fees and conditions

Car parking fees apply in the council pay and display car parks Monday to Saturday including bank holidays. Download information on the latest car park and permit fees from the downloads menu on this page, or contact the car parks team.

You need to display a ticket to park for the free hour at car parks in Thame, Didcot, Goring & Wallingford and the free two hours at Goldsmith’s Lane car park in Wallingford.

The other main conditions in the car parks are:

A maximum stay of four hours at the Church Road car park in Wheatley.

You can also apply for a season ticket.

Pay a car park fine or make an appeal

Car park complaints

If you would like to report an incident of vandalism or misuse within a car park, a health and safety issue or any other car park issue not connected to an Excess Charge Notice, then please use the online form below:

Car park pricing policy

The council reviews the fees and charges every year, according to the locally agreed Car Park Pricing Policy and information from usage surveys (to see how well the car parks are being used) and comments from users via satisfaction surveys.

Road Traffic Act

South Oxfordshire District Council operates the car parks in accordance with schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.

Terms of use of the car parks and charges

The South Oxfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order is the document that sets out the charges for the off-street car parks and the terms and conditions relating to their use. If we vary any charges during the period of the Order then we publish a notice to tell people about the changes. Please see the below for details of upcoming changes to our tariffs.

Last reviewed: 09 - 10 - 2017

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