Driving Theory Test Centres in Chester

The Chester theory test centre can be found in the heart of the historic city of Chester. As the only test centre in its county, this stands as the most convenient option for Cheshire learners. To learn more about the test centre, including how to get there, contact details and recent pass rates, read on!


Unit 3, Ground Floor, Granary Wharf Steam Mill Street Chester Cheshire CH3 5BE

Phone Number

0333 2001122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.


Arriving at Chester Theory Test Centre

By public transport

If you’re arriving by public transport, you have two options: taking the train to Chester station, which is six minutes away on foot, or taking the bus. The closest bus stop is Canal Bridge, while Foregate Street, Steam Mill Street and The Bars are all within easy walking distance. Visit Cheshire West and Chester Council for local public transport information.

By car

If driving to Chester theory test centre, enter the postcode CH3 5BE into your sat nav before heading off. Those arriving at the test centre from outside of Chester itself will likely be arriving via the M53; if doing so, turn off at Junction 12 and follow signs towards the city centre.


The closest car parking spaces nearby can be found at Hallmark Hotel The Queen (CH1 3AH), which is just a 6-minute walk from the test centre. Spaces cost £3 for 2 hours and there are 130 spaces available so you should be able to find a spot somewhere.

Pass Rates by Year

With just around one in every two test-takers passing at the Chester theory test centre over the past five years, Chester’s pass rate sits just above the national average. Remember, though, that you’ll be sitting the exact same test at any test centre across the country—so your chances of success come down to you alone!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
50.5% 50.4% 51.2% 49.7% 49.9% 59.4%  58.1% 

Guides and Tips

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Nearby Theory Test Centres


Early to bed and early to rise… helps you pass your theory test. Okay, we may have slightly altered that classic quote, but a good night’s sleep will definitely help set you on the right path for theory test success. Here are some of the best places to rest your head in Chester before the big day.

Premier Inn Chester City Centre★★★☆☆

A stone’s throw from the test centre, this hotel offers visitors a great night’s sleep at fantastic prices. With cocooning blackout curtains and a luxury bed, getting some pre-test shut-eye will be no problem!

The Mill Hotel & Spa★★★☆☆

If you’re looking for an affordable luxury stay in Chester city centre, the Mill Hotel is hard to beat. The on-site spa is the perfect venue for relaxation, while history buffs will love the hotel’s nods to Chester’s Roman heritage.

The Chester Grosvenor Hotel★★★★★

Put yourself through enough theory test stress? Feel like treating yourself? Splurge with a stay at Chester’s Grosvenor Hotel. This premium option offers visitors a taste of the high life, with fine dining and afternoon tea both on offer.

Places to Celebrate

Ecstatic with your theory test pass? Fancy treating yourself? Check out some of our top places to celebrate your success in Chester!

The Cellar

There’s a reason why The Cellar has been featured in the Good Beer Guide six years running. With an astonishing range of beers and ciders, and regular tap-takeovers from innovative breweries, this is the place to be if you’ve got a passion for the pint.

The Old Harkers Arms

The Old Harkers Arms combines the best of traditional pub culture with a modern sensibility—and the patrons of Chester have taken it to their hearts. The food, which blends British and exotic cuisine, is a must-try.

The Cornerhouse

There are few better ways to celebrate than with a dash of live music or comedy, a delectable sharing platter and a cheeky tipple. The Cornerhouse has all of this in spades. Don’t miss this hidden gem when in town!

What Happens Next?

With its central location, close to public transport and lying along the banks of scenic canals, Chester’s theory test centre is the ideal venue to begin your driving journey. Once you’ve completed your test here, it’s time to look at what comes next.

If you pass, then you’ll be able to move on to the next stage of your driving journey—preparing for the practical test! You’ll be able to log into the practical test booking system using your theory test pass number, which will be displayed on the certificate you receive upon passing. Check out our guide to the local Chester practical test centre to learn more about what to expect here.

Should you be unfortunate enough to fail your test, it’s not the end of the road. You can rebook straight away—though you’ll need to wait at least three working days to sit another test. Use this time to get in some extra practice and make sure you ace it next time around!

No matter what happens on your test, PassMeFast is always here to help. Our knowledgeable team is brimming with plenty of advice to help you with any aspect of driving—and, with our intensive and semi-intensive driving courses, we can help you get your full UK driving licence within just weeks. Check out our driving course rundown to see what we have to offer, or book your course by clicking below.

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