Parking

Parents and visitors to Birmingham Children’s Hospital are encouraged to use public transport or nearby public car parks whenever possible as the on-site parking is extremely limited.

When planning your journey, be aware that it may be necessary for you to be dropped off at the entrance to the hospital and park elsewhere. Please be aware that there is a time limit of 10 minutes for dropping off.

If you do come by car, please leave additional time in case you need to search for a parking space. During the morning and early afternoon the main entrance car park experiences heavy use and therefore it may be wiser to visit the car parks located in Whittall Street first.

If you would like to contact us about our parking facilities please email car.parking@bch.nhs.uk.

Where can I park?

Birmingham Children's Hospital has 3 small car parks for use by parents and visitors and are open 24 hours 7 days a week

  • Main Entrance – 29 spaces
  • Whittall Street MSCP – Ground Floor – 40 spaces
  • Printing House – 40 spaces

We have an arrangement with NCP for parents and visitors to use their Royal Angus car park in Whittall Street. This car park has 32 family friendly bays that are wider than the standard parking bay and has some 600 parking bays in total. This is our recommended car park for visitors. Please bring your ticket to the front desk to get it validated by us to pay Birmingham Children's Hospital prices.

On-street parking is controlled everyday between the hours of 8am to 7.30pm, however there are a large number of pay & display parking bays located in Steelhouse Lane and Whittall Street which directly abut the hospital.

BCH car parks

In addition to the above there are two other NCP car parks Londonderry House, located in Dalton Street and High Street located in Dale End that are within 3 and 6 minute walk respectively

Does BCH have disabled parking?

There is a limited amount of Blue Badge parking onsite in all 3 of the hospital car parks, however there are some opportunities for holders of Blue Badges to park on-street in the pay & display bays.

What are the car park charges?

All BCH car parks charge the following tariff
Time Period
Parking Charge
Up to 1 hour
£2.00
Up to 2 hours
£4.00
Up to 4 hours
£5.00
Up to 6 hours
£6.00
Up to 8 hours
£8.00
More than 8 hours
£10.00
 

Note that all Blue Badge holders must pay to park in any of the hospital car parks.

BCH has an arrangement with NCP so that any parent and visitor parking in their Royal Angus car park will pay the BCH charge rate. People using this car park must get their NCP car park ticket validated before returning to the NCP car park and paying.

Please note that on-street pay & display bays charges £5.50 for a maximum stay period of 2 hours.

The other nearby NCP car park charges are

High Street

  • £1 per hour for the first 8 hours
  • £20 thereafter

Londonderry House   

  • £7 - 2 hours
  • £12 - 4 hours
  • £16 - 8 hours
  • £24 - 24 hours

How can I pay for parking?

The Main Entrance and Whittall Street car parks are pay on foot car parks. You will collect a ticket on entry and prior to returning to your vehicle please visit the nearest pay station. Inserting your ticket will identify the charge and payment can only be made in cash, notes and coins. Please note that these machines do not accept credit / debit cards however there is a ATM located in the corridor leading from the main reception desk.

The Royal Angus car park is another pay on foot car park and it is possible to pay using cash and credit / debit cards. Parents and Visitors to the hospital must remember to get their car park ticket validated before returning to the Royal Angus in order to pay the reduced BCH car park charges

Printing House Street car park is a pay & display car park. You are required to purchase a ticket prior to leaving the car park. Payment can only be made using coins. Please make a note of the period of time that has been paid for, as you will be required to pay for further car parking if you are to stay longer than originally planned.

On-street pay & display charges are very much higher than the rates charged in the BCH and the Royal Angus car parks and therefore parents and visitors are encouraged to use our car parks whenever possible

What happens if I have lose my car park ticket?

Lost tickets will be charged at the full day rate of £10.00

Where can I drop off passengers?

Motorists can enter either BCH’s Whittall Street car park or the Main Entrance car park, obtaining a parking ticket from the entry barrier machine and park for up to 10 minutes to drop off passengers or small deliveries. The car park ticket does not require being validated by the pay station prior to leaving the car park providing that the 10 minute deadline has not been exceeded

Taxi and Private Hire vehicles can use Loveday Street to drop off and pick up passengers. Loveday Street is the road located between the main hospital site and the Emergency Department

My child will remain in hospital for a long period, what assistance can I get with car parking?

Those parents who will need to attend hospital for prolong periods can apply for a weekly / monthly pass that costs £10 per week. It should be noted that there is limited availability for these passes and that a waiting list exists.

For those parents who have to go on to the waiting list BCH has an agreement with NCP that these parents can use the Royal Angus car park at a discounted rate of £3.50 per day.

My child is required to attend BCH for regular dialysis treatment, what assistance can I get with car parking?

Those parents with children attending regular dialysis treatment need to show their appointment letter to the Welcome Desk and will only be required to pay £2.00 per day

Considerate parking

Please be considerate to others when parking:

  • Do not park on yellow lines or hatched areas
  • Only park in designated parking bays
  • Do not park as to cause obstruction to traffic, remember this is a hospital and emergency vehicles require access 24 hours a day
  • Do not park as to cause obstructions to other users of the car park
  • Do not park across entrances to the hospital or pedestrian walkways
  • Blue badges must be displayed when parking in disabled bays

On Street Pay and Display in Birmingham

Parking on the street in Birmingham city centre, the Gun Quarter and the Jewellery Quarter is subject to restriction. All zones are operated on the pay and display system using ticket issuing machines.

On arrival at a parking area, which is marked at either end by a sign, a ticket must be purchased from a machine and be displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle at the side nearest the pavement. Alternatively payment can be made by phone using a debit or credit card.

The charging hours in the Inner Zone are between 8am and 7:30pm every day (except Bank Holidays and Christmas Day). The charging hours for all other parking zones are between 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Motorists are required to pay the appropriate fee between these hours. The current parking charges can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and they are also indicated on the front of each ticket machine.

Parking is limited to a maximum stay of up to two hours in the Inner Zone and up to four hours in the Outer Zone and the Gun Quarter Zone, there is a mix of two hour maximum stay and four hour maximum stay bays in the Jewellery Quarter Zone.

Motorists are strongly advised to consult the plate on the machine for exact details of charges and charging hours which vary between zones.

More detail can be obtained by visiting http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/streetparking

Does BCH have cycle parking facilities?

Yes there is a cycle shelter located at the front of the hospital behind the security hut.

In the interests of security please ensure that you lock your cycle before leaving it.

Giving Feedback on parking

We always welcome feedback whether positive or not so positive because we are keen to know what works well and where we may need to make improvements.

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