The harbour authority has two car parks on its land. The North Quay car park is open all year round and includes parking along the North Quay and on the upper hard stand. The South Quay car park includes parking along the South Quay and also in a small area of tarmac immediately above the beach. This area is generally unavailable in the winter months as it is used for storage of boats.
The South Quay car park has a dedicated attendant who is normally present 9am to 5pm seven days a week during the season to supervise parking, provide information and assistance and to collect parking fees.
The North Quay car park changed over to ‘Pay and Display’ as from 1st November 2015. However, an attendant will be present during busy periods to ensure the smooth running of the car park and to provide advice.
Parking on the two quays may be suspended at any time by order of the Harbour Master if he considers the weather forecast presents a hazard to vehicles and members of the public on the quays. During these periods, the quays will normally be closed by means of the two gates present.
People parking on the quay do so at their own risk at all times and people should be aware that seas can, and do, break over the harbour walls during adverse weather conditions. Also, pedestrians should be aware that the quays provide an uneven walking surface which may present a hazard to some people.
Parking is charged at £3.00 per day. The South car park also provides a ‘weekly ticket’ at a charge of £15.00. There is a limited number of season tickets available for permanent residents of the village who have no private parking available for either the North or South car park which covers parking for a year at a cost of £100.00 (2016). These prices reflect the situation as of October 2015.
During the winter months, there are no attendants on duty and the Harbour Authority relies on people’s generosity using the honesty boxes provided for those who use the parking facilities and wish to contribute to the cost of running the harbour.
Funds raised from parking fees are used entirely to finance the running of the harbour including maintenance of the beach, quays, car parks, toilets etc.
Note that the pay and display car park first encountered on your left as you enter Mousehole is a privately owned facility. The Harbour Authority has no involvement in this car park.