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Temporary Parking Changes from 26th August to 12th September 2019

Please be advised that car parks within the City Centre can become very congested during the Graduation week. Anyone travelling by car to the Graduation Ceremonies is recommended to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the start of their graduation to allow time for parking and other pre-graduation arrangements.


Parking near the Abbey: There is no parking available near the Abbey, even for blue badge holders.

Parking near the Alban Arena: The area directly behind Alban Arena, including disabled bays, will be closed to members of the public for health and safety reasons from 26/08/2019 – 12/09/2019.

Civic Centre car park (the closest car park to the Alban Arena) – Parking at this car park during the Graduation week will be very limited. Basement Level – Very limited public parking, (approx. 20 spaces only). 

All parking bays in the two central rows will be reserved for the University. Access to this level will be controlled by the University’s Parking Marshals. If the public spaces are full, you will not be let in to the car park.

Ground and Top levels (accessible from Charter Close and barrier controlled) – these levels will be closed to members of the public Mon – Fri between 02/09/2019 – 10/09/2019but will be open as normal over the weekend 07/09/2019 & 08/09/2019.

All visitors are strongly advised to use other available car parks within the City Centre. We recommend Drovers Way and Russell Ave Multi Storey car parks - AL3 5EB, which are located just a short walk away from Alban Arena and the Abbey and have over 800 spaces. However, these car parks can become very busy, especially on Wednesday and Saturday during St Albans Market.

Date of last review: 16 August 2019