Travelling to the Fair by car or coach FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about arrangements for anyone travelling to Appleby Horse Fair by car or coach.

Traffic management in Appleby Town Centre during the Horse Fair 

Highways changes are in place in Appleby town centre during the Horse Fair which aim to make the event safer. For more information see our map which includes details of car parks. 

Where can I park my car?

There are plenty of car parks in close proximity to the site of the Fair. There is free on-street parking in Appleby town centre for 2 or 3 hours (parking disks available from most shops and the Tourist Information Centre) or Pay and Display at Broad Close car park. There is also parking available at Appleby railway station and during the Fair at Appleby Castle and Appleby Grammar School.

Please see the Appleby Parking Map 2024, provided by the MASCG, for details.


How much is the parking?

The average cost of parking in the temporary car parks in and around the site of the Fair is £10.00 per car, per day. 

I am bringing a coach of visitors - where do I park?

Parking for coaches is available at:

  • Appleby Grammar School on Saturday and Sunday - to book a space, please ring 017683 51580
  • Appleby Railway Station - to book a space, please ring 0791 368 1939
  • Appleby Castle – to book a space, please ring 07593 661 7775

There is space for coaches to drop off/pick up, adjacent to the Moot Hall in the town centre.

I have a disabled parking disc - where should I park?

There are some disabled parking spaces adjacent to the Moot Hall in the centre of town, but disabled parking discs are valid for all on street parking in the centre of town. If you wish to park up nearer the field, please speak to the Police on duty.

Public Transport

The best way to travel to the Fair is by train. Appleby station is a 10 minute walk to both the site of the Fair and the town centre. It is on The Settle to Carlisle line, voted one of the most scenic and beautiful lines in the world. Visit for timetables.

Bus services to Appleby during the weekend of the Fair are limited and some of the scheduled bus services may not be running into the town. Please check with Appleby Tourist Information Centre for up-to-date information nearer the time.