THE cost of parking is regularly cited as the top reason people avoid Ipswich, but you don’t necessarily have to dig deep.

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The council has announced that parking charges will be slashed over the next fortnight and park & ride fees abolished completely.

Mid-week shoppers will still have to pay the full rate but in order to spread some festive cheer, we have been out and about in Ipswich seeking out the cheapest places to park.

Among the top deals is Zak’s hand car wash, where for £5 you can not only park all day but also have your car buffed and shined.

Or, if you are prepared for a short stroll you can leave your car at the RCP car park at The Mill for just 40p per hour.

In Slade Street, parking is just £3 per day - compared to £3 per hour in some town centre car parks.

And if you are visiting the Waterfront shops, eateries and wine bars, you can benefit from three hours free parking.

Do you know any other cheap or even free parking spots? Share your parking secrets here.

9 comments

  • The car park on the old Burton's site in College St Star lane is now appears to be FREE...the parking machines have been removed, ....

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    ukmartian

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Yes I know lots of free places to park your own driveway what you do is walk and catch a Bus. Simple. Andy

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    a west

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • I know lots of free places but I would be silly to share them with any Evening star readers !

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The car park on the old Burton's site in College St Star Lane now appears to be FREE..the ticket machines have been removed...

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    ukmartian

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The car park they have just made where the Caribbean Club used to be has been open for a while now but is always empty! I parked there today, its £1 an hour, the same rate as Crown Street :-)

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    StarReader

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • It look like the parking machines from burtons car park, are under wraps in fonnereau rd,ready to charge motorists to park there, I park there to pop to the market to buy fresh veg and fish ,they will lose my custom now,

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    richard procter

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Like Richard Proctor, I also park near the town centre to buy a few veg from the market; it is not worthwhile saving a few pounds at the market if I have spent that money on parking. And like him I will not be parking where they put in meters. Also, I notice many places in the town centre where parking is restricted or charged for until 6 p.m. that are often empty from about 5 p.m. If parking was unrestricted from 5 p.m. then perhaps some shoppers would make small purchases on the way home from work. I often pass near Sainsbury's at 5.30 p.m. and would like to park nearby to buy one or two items but parking on street at the top of St Nicholas Street is restricted until 6 p.m. (and almost always empty) and it is not worth going into the car park. So I just drive on and end up buying those things on my next out-of-town shopping trip.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • £3 and hour ! No wonder the town is full of pound shops . You can spend more on you car park than in the shops ! Every other Town in Suffolk is better for the Shopper than Ipswich

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Walk and catch a bus? At around £1.50 a head, if two or more people are going into town it is cheaper to park.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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