Getting to the Regatta

Durham is about 15 miles south of Newcastle upon Tyne and 65 miles north of York and is easily accessible by car, rail, coach and air.

Durham Regatta 2024 car parking arrangements

Please note that due to restrictions on use of land at the regatta, public and competitor car parking will be in our Regatta Car Park the football field off Green Lane (main spectator parking).

Please observe the traffic flow guidance in the map below. Volunteers will be assisting in the flow of traffic and the parking of cars.

The following charges apply:

• Charge per day: £3.00
• Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June inclusive: £5.00

Access to the Durham Regatta car park is on a first come first served basis. Additional public car parking is available at various locations around the City and the Durham Park and Ride facilities will be operating between 07.00 and 19.00. Local charges apply.

Please note that no vehicles will be permitted beyond the Car Park without a valid site access permit.

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You should use the relevant postcode below to obtain driving directions online or on your satnav.

Visitor car parking

Parking in the Regatta car park is very limited and we strongly advise you to use the Durham Park and Ride, or park in one of the city centre car parks (such as Prince Bishops car park), and complete your final journey by public transport or on foot. Note that from 1st April 2024 on street parking in the city attracts a charge every day.

Durham Park and Ride
The primary park and ride site is Belmont (near the A1) – post code DH1 2SR.

The Belmont Park and Ride (operates all days) can be found just off Junction 62 of the A1. Exit the roundabout onto the A690 towards Sunderland, and turn left at the traffic lights.

Other park and ride sites are

  • Howlands Farm, operates Monday to Saturday (near the A167, southwest of Durham) – post code DH1 3TQ
  • Sniperley, operates all days (near the A167, northwest of Durham) – post code DH1 5RA

Buses operate between all park and ride sites and Durham Bus station located on North Road, every ten minutes between 7 am and 7 pm. To walk to the Regatta from the Bus Station, use the instructions found here, beginning at instruction 3.

Prince Bishops car park
The post code for the Prince Bishops car park is DH1 3UJ.

Regatta car park (spaces limited)

The post code for the Regatta car park is DH1 3JU.

Directions from the A1

    1. Exit at Junction 62, signposted for Durham. Then follow the A690 (dual carriageway) towards Durham City Centre.
    2. At the first roundabout, take the third exit, continuing on the A690 down the hill.
    3. At the next roundabout, turn left to cross Leazes Bridge.
    4. Stay in the left-hand lane, to turn left onto Old Elvet at the first set of traffic lights, just after the Delta Hotels Royal County Hotel.
    5. Continue along Old Elvet and take the second left onto Green lane (about 0.2 miles).
    6. The Regatta car park can be found half way down Green Lane on the left hand side.
      Classic cars and competitors with boat trailers see instructions below.

Disabled Parking

Blue badge holders are able to park in the Regatta car park without charge. Limited blue badge parking is available adjacent to the regatta start for those with mobility issues by prior arrangement with the Regatta Secretary.

Boat and trailer parking

Follow the directions to the Regatta car park and continue to the end of Green Lane. All boat trailers must be parked in the trailer field adjacent to Durham Amateur Rowing Club.

Classic car parking

Follow the directions to the Regatta. As you turn on to Green Lane immediately turn left down the track towards the University Cricket Pavilion – post code DH1 3BN.