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Car parking tariffs

Car parking charges apply at Waltham Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows.

On 1 April 2019 the car parking tariffs changed at Waltham Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows. The fee for a full day’s parking is reduced from £2.50 to £2. To park for up to an hour there's now a charge of £1. 

We have taken the decision to remove the free hour as, like all bodies that receive public funding, we have to constantly evaluate how we finance the activities and experiences we provide which include free guided walks, cycle routes and first class habitats for plants and wildlife. We are partly funded by local authorities across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

We understand the pressures they are under and as such we are constantly looking at ways of generating more funds ourselves to help reduce our reliance on the tax payer and help these sites continue to be first rate habitats for plants and wildlife and places that people want to visit. We have ensured that this change in the structure of our fees is in line with the charges in place in similar parks and attractions and hope that you understand the reasons for doing this and continue to visit.  


Charges are in place seven days a week, including Bank Holidays whenever the car park is open. Charges apply to all vehicles, including motorbikes.

First hour £1
Up to a whole day £2

Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders can park for free, please register your details with us to be eligible.
Please allow 7 days for your registration to be activated.

Register now for blue badge holders

Methods of payment for day tickets

  • At the payment machine within the car park, to be paid at any point before you leave (payment machines are currently not in opertion - please pay by phone, text or online). Card payments machines coming soon
  • Online at (there's an extra administration fee for using this service)
  • By phone 0330 400 7275 (there's an extra administration fee for using this service)


Annual parking permits

Our Annual Car Parking Permits are valid in River Lee Country Park car parks. Find out more about our car parking permits and how to renew them.

Find out more car parking permits


How do I appeal if I have received a Penalty Charge Notice?

Please be aware that Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is not involved in the issuing of or the appeals process for any Penalty Charge Notice given.

The car park is run by ParkingEye and in the event of a customer appealing their parking charge all appeals are dealt with directly by them. You would need to contact ParkingEye as per the details on their charge letter, which is via one of the following methods: in writing to ParkingEye, PO Box 575, Chorley, PR6 6HT or via the online appeals form at

Please note that Lee Valley Regional Park Authority does not profit in any way from the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices.

Opening times

Open all year round

Car park opening times

Waltham Abbey Gardens car park is open 24 hours. Cornmill Meadows car park is locked every evening, see opening times below which are also prominently displayed at each site.


Open time

Close time







June - August












December - March



How to get here

Waltham Abbey Gardens
Abbey View
Waltham Abbey
Essex EN9 1XQ

By train: the nearest station is Waltham Cross on the Liverpool Street line (20 minute walk)

By bus: the 251 goes from the station to the town

By car: Waltham Abbey is a 5 minute drive from the M25 (J26)



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