Parking in St Bees
Daytime street parking in St Bees is not usually a problem but in some areas, notably Main Street, it can be difficult after normal working hours. Long stay parking is not available apart from some of the hotels and B&Bs which offer this service for those staying on the premises. The Priory has limited parking for those visiting the church as does the Adams Recreation Ground for those using the grounds. St Bees School has a large car park but this is only for school use and for those attending meetings in their facilities.
Visitors are encouraged to use either of the two car parks in the village – at the beach or by the Railway Station, the latter being free.
Most accommodation has some car parking availability.
Seacote Beach car parks
The Seacote Beach car parks are the largest and, as the name implies, are by the Seacote Hotel which is at the north end of the bay.
There are two car parks; one the municipal car park (nearest the caravan site) and the other belongs to the Seacote Hotel. The difference is not readily apparent! Charges apply to both. General view of beach car parks below.
Station Car park
Adjacent to the railway station is a medium sized car park with around 20 spaces and which is free to use. Long stay parking is not permitted.
It is subsidised by the Parish Council.
Seamill Lane Beach car park
Seamill Lane Beach car park is owned by the parish council. It is not suitable for overnight parking, but is free. It is the least accessible car park with a blind awkward 90 degree approach under a narrow railway bridge with only 2.0 metre headroom, and may be difficult if not impossible for large cars. The access road down Seamill Lane is a narrow single lane on which cars need to pass each other with care (and back-up where it is not possible to pass!). Not recommended.