Driving Theory Test Centres in Bristol

Welcome to PassMeFast’s comprehensive guide to the Bristol theory test centre! We’re about to delve deep and uncover everything you need to know about taking your test here. It’s actually the only theory test centre in the county, so likely to be the top option for most residents!

Read on to discover a plethora of useful information, including pass rates, wait times, local amenities and much more!


Third Floor North Building, Crescent House Temple Back Bristol Bristol BS1 6EZ

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Bristol Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Before we get onto what happens at the test centre, let’s discuss how you’re going to get there. As you don’t have the ability to drive yet, we’ll go ahead and make the assumption that a lot of learners will be relying on public transport to get to the test centre.

Travelling by rail? There are 2 train stations you may arrive at, depending on your direction of travel. The most convenient one to aim for is Bristol Temple Meads, which is a very convenient 6-minute walk from the theory test centre. If you’re happy taking a stroll through Bristol, though, you could also get a ticket to Lawrence Hill train station. From here it will take you around 26 minutes to walk to your test location.

The most convenient public transport option overall, however, is likely to be a bus. Hop off at Temple Way bus stop and you’ll only have to walk for 2 minutes before arriving at the test centre.

To learn more about transport options in Bristol, head over to the Bristol City Council website

By car

Then again, maybe you know someone nice enough to drive you to your theory test. If this is the case, thank them by making the journey as straightforward as possible. You can start by letting them know that the test centre postcode is BS1 6EZ. You can hopefully let a sat nav take care of the rest!

Keep in mind that Bristol is a busy city, so heavy traffic can be an issue. If your test appointment falls around rush hours, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to make the journey.


The theory test centre does not provide onsite parking for visitors. If the person driving you wishes to leave their car while you sit the test, they’ll have to look elsewhere for a spot. The closest option is going to be the Bristol First car park (BS1 6BQ). It’s only a 4-minute stroll from the test centre and charges a reasonable £ for 2 hours of parking.

If you can’t find a space there, head instead to the Temple Quarter car park (BS1 6EW). It’s an 8-minute walk away from the test centre and also charges £2 for 2 hours of parking. With just over 100 spaces available, though, you have a good chance of finding a space here. 

Pass Rates by Year

If you know anything about theory test pass rates, you’ll appreciate that the stats for Bristol are very good indeed. Despite the recent dip, each of these figures sits a good few points above the national average.

Don’t let this make you too cocky, though—how you do on the theory test really boils down to how much revision you put in before you take it.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
51.2% 51.1% 52.2% 51.6% 50.5%

Guides and Tips

Just like any other test, if you want to do well on your theory, you will need to put the work in. It’s not just basic driving knowledge that is being tested—you need to have a strong grasp of traffic signs and the Highway Code. There’s also the hazard perception test to consider. This can be a little tricky as it’s probably unlike any test you’ve taken before.

Check out the resources below to get an idea of the exact things you’ll be tested on when it comes to the big day and how you can prepare!

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Frome theory test centre

2 Baywell House
Tucker Close
BA11 5LS

19.5 miles away

By rail: Frome

2018/19 pass rate: 47.3%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Newport theory test centre

6th Floor, Clarence House
Clarence Place
NP19 7AA

19.9 miles away

By rail: Newport

2018/19 pass rate: 45.4%

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If you’re travelling into Bristol just to take your theory test, you could take some of the pressure off the day by staying in a local hotel the night before. Here are some nearby options we’ve found:

Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane ★★☆☆☆

At just a 6-minute walk from the test centre, this Travelodge is an extremely convenient option for those keeping an eye one the pennies. For a very reasonable price you can get a clean, bright room with a king-size bed, shower and Freeview TV. Ideal if you’re only planning a short trip!

Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Finzels Reach)★★★☆☆

For a slight step up in terms of quality, you could also book in at the local Premier Inn. This one is a particularly attractive option because it’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre! On top of all the basics for a good night’s sleep, you’ll also be treated to free WiFi and an onsite restaurant.

Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre ★★★★☆

The closest option to the theory test centre also happens to be the grandest! If you’re happy to splash a little more cash, get yourself a room at the Hilton Garden Inn. It sits just around the corner from the test centre. Seriously, it will only take you a minute to walk to your test in the morning! Rooms are comfortable, elegant and stylishly decorated. The higher price tag gets you access to extra amenities like a gym and room service.

Places to Celebrate

Finished the theory test? Time to party! Or, rather, treat yourself to a drink or something to eat. Luckily, Bristol has plenty of nice places to try out. Here are a few we recommend:

The Rummer

The Rummer is an establishment that offers many things in one place. It’s a hotel, micro-distillery and cocktail bar. So, you’ll be hard pushed not to find something you like on the menu! Their cocktail bar in particular has won numerous awards, so we recommend letting their mixologists knock you up something tasty! Best of all, it’s only an 11-minute walk from the theory test centre.

The Boardroom

The Boardroom may not sound all that fun, but we can assure you that if you pop in here you’re likely to have a grand old time. It’s a large, lively bar offering up nice drinks, great food and even a board game or three! A great place to unwind after a potentially stressful day. Once again, you can find it just 11-minutes away from where you will be sitting the theory test.

The Apple

If you’re a fan of cider, we highly recommend that you make at least a pit stop at The Apple while you’re in town. This place is a haven for cider lovers and boat enthusiasts alike. Why? Because it’s a cider bar on a boat! There’s also quayside seating available for those who don’t enjoy being on the water. You can find this fun, quirky joint a 13-minute walk away across the river.

What Happens Next?

That concludes pretty much everything you need to know to have a successful theory test day in Bristol. As we’ve mentioned, this is the only theory test centre in the county, so it’s a pretty safe option for Bristolians. With high pass rates and reasonable wait times, there isn’t much to complain about!

Sat the theory test but didn’t manage to earn a pass? You’re not alone! Over half of learners actually fail on their first attempt. Book a new test, do some more revision and really focus on the areas that you found tricky. It’s much easier the second time around—we promise!

If, on the other hand, you’re riding high because you have managed to pass your theory test, well done you! Now it’s time to start preparing for the practical test. To avoid long wait times hampering your progress, we suggest you get a test appointment booked nice and early. If you’re from this county, your local test centres will be Bristol (Avonmouth) and Bristol (Brislington).

Though we do say so ourselves, the best way to set yourself up for driving test success is to let PassMeFast do the hard work for you. We can find you an experienced, local instructor, book your tests and track your progress throughout your driving journey. Have a browse of our different course options online, or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 for more information.

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