July 2019

Best places for parking in Thame

Thame has fantastic high-street full of unique independent shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Landmarks such as the Thame Town Hall, the Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, The Swan Hotel, and The Black Horse pub have all been featured in the popular ITV series, Midsomer Murders.

If you are thinking about visiting, you should know that parking in Town Centre can be a pain! So, to help you, here is our breakdown of the best places to leave your car:

Town Center

Let’s face it, you may as well give it a try. With a 1 hour maximum stay and some very attendant attendants, you can guarantee that people will be coming and going all day long.

Think lucky thoughts and you never know, though Tuesdays are tougher when the market is on.

Cattle Market

Free for an hour, then 80p for the next hour. Slightly further out perhaps but still a good bet if you want to guarantee getting a spot (except on a Friday when the market is in full swing).


You get 2 hours in the Sainsbury’s car park and they use number plate recognition to check your entry and exit time. Expect a letter through the post a few days later if you overstay your welcome!


2 hours for Waitrose customers can be handy, though it’s usually quite a slow trawl around whilst you look for a spot. Once you’re parked you have a strict 2 hours!

Southern Road

A bit further away from the action, but a pretty safe bet and you’ll have 2 solid hours to do what you need to do.


There’s also a pay and display car park at the back of Co-op

Thame is a great place to get quirky and unique gifts, and you are also safe from the trauma of outlet villages like Bicester Village and the hectic Westgate at the Oxford City Centre.

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