Car Park

Enjoy stress free shopping with 1200 parking spaces


There are 1200 car parking spaces at The Water Gardens, Harlow.

To pay for your parking you can use the pay machines at The Water Gardens or do it online 


Please note: Discount vouchers not valid for this payment method.

Car Parking tariffs are as follows:

Car Park Tariffs Monday – Friday & Saturday
Up to 2 hours £0.90 £1.20
Up to 3 hours £1.00 £2.00
Up to 4 hours £3.00 £4.00
Up to 6 hours £4.50 £6.00
Up to 9 hours £10.00 £10.00
Up to 23 hours £15.00 £15.00

Overnight & Sunday tariff
17.30 - 06.00 50p
All Day Sunday 50p

Spend £5.00 or more in Asda or Matalan and claim a refund on your first 2 hours parking.

Disabled spaces
Upper Level 32
Lower Level 30

Mother & Toddler spaces
Upper Level 22
Lower Level 0

Car Park Height Restriction 2.1 mtrs (6ft 8")

EV Charging

We have 6 fast charging points which serve 12 bays on our lower car park level. These are available to use every hour of the day in our 24-hour car park. They are type 2 sockets, so make sure your car is compatible or be sure to bring an adapter. It costs 35p per KW, plus our car park charge for the stay.

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Pay Machines

1. Park and remember your registration

2. Shop and enjoy the Water Gardens

3. When ready to leave, enter your registration at the pay station* and pay for your parking - all payment methods now accepted!

Tariffs will remain the same. Spend £5.00 or more in Asda or Matalan and claim a refund on your first 2 hours parking. They will give you a ticket which you can scan at the pay machine to deduct 2 hours from your parking fee.

*Pay Machines are located in ASDA foyer lower car park, outside ASDA on upper car park, and outside Matalan!


We understand that a new parking system will take a bit of getting used to, so we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help:

Q. What happens if I do not pay at all or have forgotten to pay?

A. If you do not pay, the parking management company could send you a penalty charge of up to £70. We do offer the option to pay for your parking online if you have forgotten to pay. You can do this by visiting within 24 hours of your visit, however you will not be able to use any parking vouchers from ASDA or Matalan.

Q. Do I need the bay number?

A. No. The bay numbers are no longer required, you just need your vehicle registration number.

Q. How does the system know how much to charge me?

A. The cameras at the car park entrance read your vehicle registration when you enter. When you are ready to leave and input your registration into the pay station the system calculates how long you have stayed and charges you accordingly.

Q. Do I need to pay to pick someone up / drop someone off?

A. The system has a 15 minute grace period and if you stay less than that time you do not need to pay.

Q. Do I still get a discount if I shop in Asda or Matalan?

A. Yes. If you spend over £5.00 in these shops, the staff there will give you a voucher which can be redeemed at the pay station when you are leaving. Please note, if you are paying for your parking online after your visit, you will not be able to use your concession.

Q. What can I do if I have a problem?

A. We have a number of customer service staff dedicated to the car park and at all of the pay stations that are there to help you. If you cannot find anyone, please give us a call on 01279 453554 and we will come to you.

Q. When the car park is very busy I have had to drive around to try and find a space and then just leave. I don't know how long I have  been trying to find a space, do I need to pay?

A. In these peak periods the grace period is extended to accommodate these exact situations. No fee will be due under these circumstances and if you have any concerns over this please contact us on and we would be happy to help.