Peterborough is the largest city in Cambridgeshire, so it makes perfect sense that learners will find a theory test centre here. Situated in the north-west corner of the county, this is a great option for those living in and around this area.
It’s important that you show up to your theory test prepared and, luckily, PassMeFast has just the thing—our complete guide to the Peterborough theory test centre! We’ll delve into a host of useful subjects, including directions, pass rates, revision guides and more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
2-3 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
You’re yet to earn your licence so it’s highly likely that you’ll be relying on public transport to get to your theory test appointment. Thankfully, Peterborough has a few transport options that will make it easy for you to move across the city.
If you plan to travel via rail, for example, it will only take you around 11 minutes to walk from Peterborough train station to the test centre. As is often the case, a bus can get you even closer. Disembark at St Mary's Church bus stop and you’ll be left with a nice and easy 2-minute stroll to meet your test.
On the other hand, you might decide to fork out for a taxi or persuade a friend or family member to drive you to your test. If that’s the case, enter PE1 5DD into a sat nav (or tell the drive to) and hit the road! The theory test centre is located in Stuart House, which is a rather large building located on St John’s Street, which is a big, main road. The building is large, so keep an eye out for the blue entrance, which marks the zone 4 entrance you’re looking for.
Parking near theory test centres can sometimes throw up more issues than getting there in the first place. This is because test centres very rarely provide on-site parking for visitors, and Peterborough is no exception. All is not lost, however, because you do have some options within walking distance.
Brooke Street car park (PE1 1TU) is only a 4-minute walk from the test centre and charges a reasonable £2.50 for 2 hours of parking. There are 129 spaces available here, so you have a good chance of finding a free one! Failing that, you could also try Wellington Street car park (PE1 5DU). This one is a 6-minute walk away and charges the same price—£2.50 for 2 hours.
And now for the stats on how well learners who take their test at the Peterborough centre tend to do. As you can see, there has been a decline over the past few years and the figure now sits just below the national average. While this news may not fill you with confidence, you should keep in mind that pass rates really aren’t the be all and end all. In fact, they have no real impact on individual learners. Just focus on getting yourself ready and don’t worry about how other people did.
So, how exactly do you get yourself ready for the theory test? A good place to start is understanding how the test is structured. On the day, you will be required to answer a set of multiple choice questions and complete a hazard perception test. A pass mark is required on both of these sections in order to earn an overall pass on the theory test.
A lot of the multiple choice questions are based on information provided by the highway code. You can find various guides and quizzes on this online and in stores. To prepare for the hazard perception test, you should study what developing hazards are and take some mock hazard perception tests. We’ve included some of our favourite theory test revision guides and tips in the list below.
If you’re a bit worried about having to navigate public transport or find suitable parking before your test, you could always stay in a local hotel the night before. Below we’ve listed a few nearby options that will suit a range of budgets.
The closest and therefore most convenient option is the Travelodge Peterborough Central. It’s only a 2-minute walk from the test centre! Ok, so it’s nothing fancy, but it does what it says on the tin. For a very affordable price you can get a nice comfy bed and even a desk in your room. What more do you need for a short stay?!
If you want to stick with a well-known chain but prefer something slightly more upmarket, you might be satisfied by the Park Inn by Radisson. It will take you around 15 minutes to walk between here and the test centre. The hotel has a nice, contemporary feel and rooms include flat-screen TVs, rain showers and free WiFi. There’s even an onsite restaurant and bar, should you get peckish during your stay.
For accommodation with a more elegant touch, make your way to The Pearl Hotel, which is an 11-minute walk from the test centre. It’s a boutique venue with bags of character and individually-designed rooms. Amenities include free parking, free WiFi and a range of luxury toiletries.
Fancy checking out the sounds and sights of Peterborough once your test is over? Start with a drink or a bite to eat. Here are some options we recommend:
Beer lovers simply must pay a visit to this popular local micro-brewery. Not only is it serving up award-winning ales, but there’s also a Thai restaurant attached so you can enjoy some delightful grub along with your drink! It’s only an 11-minute walk from the test centre and definitely worth the journey in our opinion!
If you prefer a freshly-made pizza along with your beer, head instead to The Queens Head—it should only take you 10 minutes to get there. From the outside it may look like a traditional pub, but the inside is decked out with a much more modern, quirky, laid-back aesthetic. A great place to meet friends for food or grab a quick drink to enjoy in the beer garden.
Those craving a party atmosphere who don’t want to stray too far from the test centre need only walk for 5 minutes to find The Solstice. It’s a lively sports and music venue offering great drinks deals and exciting events. There’s also a menu of tasty treats available, which is ideal because cheering on your favourite team or having a celebratory boogie can really take it out of you!
This complete guide should have given you a very clear idea of whether Oxford theory test centre is the right location for you. With its high pass rates and great transport links, it might even persuade those from outside the county to pay a visit!
The theory test is just one hurdle learners have to jump to earn a driving licence. When you pass this stage, next up on the list is the practical test. This means putting what you’ve learnt into action. In other words, it’s time to get in the driver’s seat!
Find yourself an instructor, organise some lessons, and book a test at your local centre. (Of course, you could also sign up for a course with PassMeFast and we’ll do all of the above for you!) If you’re from Oxford itself there’s a test centre on your doorstep, so it’s highly likely that this will be your most convenient option.
If you still haven’t managed to bag that theory test pass certificate, we urge you to not give up! Book yourself a new test and revise, revise, revise! As long as you put the work in, there’s no reason you can’t pass with flying colours!
To book in with PassMeFast, or sign up for one of our courses, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949. Then again, if you know exactly what you want and you’re eager to get started as soon as possible, click on the green button below. The road to driving doesn’t have to be long!