For some people, Brighton is the jewel in the crown that is East Sussex. Learners of this persuasion will be thrilled to learn, then, that they can sit their theory test right in the heart of this quirky and beloved town! The local test centre certainly has plenty of things going for it—from a solid pass rate to short wait times for tests.
Join PassMeFast as we explore the ins and outs of the Brighton theory test centre. We’re going to cover everything you need to know to have a very successful test day. Let’s begin!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
Before we launch into the best way to get to the test centre, let’s address something you may have already noticed: the exterior of the building is not particularly inviting. Grey shutters and graffiti don’t exactly scream, “Come on in!”. Try not to let this put you off. Brighton itself is a little rough around the edges, but it’s all part of the charm! Plus, you’ll be heading to the 4th floor of the building, and the main entrance isn’t a reflection of what you’ll find inside.
Willing to give it a chance? You won’t be disappointed! The test centre is ideally (in our opinion) located halfway between the train station and the beachfront. So, if you’re arriving by rail, you can expect a quick and easy 6-minute walk down the road. Yep—Brighton train station sits on exactly the same road as the test centre, so your journey couldn’t be more straightforward.
Those opting to take the bus instead should hop off at either the North Road or Imperial Arcade bus stop. You’ll find that each one is a 1-2 minute walk from the theory test centre.
For more information on the transport links serving Brighton, head over to the Brighton & Hove Council website.
If you’re not accustomed to slumming it on public transport and prefer to be driven to your destination, it’s time to book a taxi or hit up a friend or relative for a lift. Make life easier for everyone by sticking BN1 3WB into a sat nav and following the instructions.
Be prepared for the fact that Brighton is a busy town made up of steep hills and winding streets. This may not be the most stress-free journey of your life. Thankfully, the test centre is situated on one of the larger, main roads, so it shouldn’t be hard to find. The same cannot necessarily be said for parking…
As soon as you arrive at the test centre, you’ll notice that parking options are few and far between. The test centre does not provide any onsite parking and Queens Road is flanked with double yellow lines. If your driver needs to park up, it’s time to look for options in the surrounding area.
The nearest car park, at a 4-minute walk away, is Brighton Theatre car park (BN1 1US). It has 587 spaces, so you’re sure to get yourself a spot. You might want to take a deep breath before we move onto pricing. For 2 hours of parking here, it will cost you £12. No, that is not a typo.
For those who don’t get a kick out of burning their hard-earned cash, we’d suggest heading to the Churchill Square Shopping Centre car park (BN1 2RU). It’s a 7-minute walk from the test centre, but will charge you a far more reasonable £4.50 for 2 hours of parking.
The pass rates at Brighton theory test centre may be a little up and down, but they still sit comfortably above the national average. If this makes you feel better, great, but in all honesty pass rates don’t really have any impact on individual learners. How you perform is down to how you prepare!
Never head into your theory test blind. It’s a surefire way to come out with a fail. You need to know the format of the test, what material to study and revise everything until the information is firmly lodged in your brain.
Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there that can help you soak up the knowledge you need. Check out the list below for some of our favourite theory test study aids.
If you’re not from Brighton, taking the theory test here is a great excuse to make a proper trip out of it. In fact, if you bunker down in a local hotel the night before your test, you can save yourself a lot of stress on the big day. Here are some nearby accommodation options:
If convenience is the name of the game, you should stop your search for a room here, at the city centre Premier Inn. It’s a mere 4-minute walk from the test centre and you’re slap bang in the middle of all the action. Despite the comparatively small price tag (this is not a cheap part of the country) you can expect some top notch amenities like free WiFi, a power shower and an on-site restaurant.
This place says it’s on the seafront, but it’s actually a few yards up the road. We won’t hold that against it, though, as you can basically see the sea when you step out of the front door. On the plus side, you can get quite a lot of bang for a small amount of buck. What we’re trying to say is that for just over fifty quid (prices will vary depending on the season) you can expect a clean, comfortable room with Freeview TV and blackout curtains to boot.
If you’re feeling a little ‘la-di-da’, why not upgrade from a hotel to a hotel and spa? A pre-theory test back massage could do wonders for your performance! This hotel sits right on the seafront and offers beautiful rooms with spectacular views. All rooms are uniquely yet tastefully decorated and you have access to a range of luxury services, including the aforementioned spa treatments and a sensational restaurant, bar and terrace combo.
When the test is over and it’s time to replace your thinking head with your drinking head, there are a ton of great places you can visit! Whether you’re looking for something alcoholic or otherwise, the below venues will have a refreshment that tickles your fancy...
Not much time to spare? No problem. Nip just around the corner to Church Street and in less than a minute you’ll find yourself outside this delightful, cosy pub. There’s organic, locally-brewed beer and cider on tap, as well as some delectable food dishes that are sure to wow your palette. A must-visit, if you ask us!
For those looking for a little bit of history, you can’t go wrong with the oldest pub in Brighton! Dating all the way back to 1547, rumour has it that former patrons include Jack the Ripper, and Graham Greene features the pub in his novel Brighton Rock. Today the pub offers a range of top quality beers and wines, as well as a full menu of pub classics with a modern twist.
Those who do like to be beside the seaside can head to the waterfront and grab a chair at this lovely local cafe. It sits right on the beach and serves up sustainable food and drink options that anyone is sure to enjoy. You can feel extra good about the money you spend here, too, as they share their profits with Rwandan coffee farmers and their families.
Now that you’ve got the lowdown on the Brighton theory test centre, you’ll probably agree that it’s a great option for those living in and around East Sussex. With good transport links, short wait times for tests and a plethora of great local amenities, it certainly checks a lot of boxes!
As soon as you’ve earned your theory test pass certificate, it’s time to move on to the practical side of things. Get comfortable behind the wheel and start thinking about where you want to take your driving test. If you’re from Brighton, you sadly won’t find a test centre in the local area. Your closest options will be in Burgess Hill, Lancing or Crawley.
The theory test is not as easy as some people think, so if you didn’t manage to pass first time, it’s not a big issue. We’d recommend getting right back on that horse and booking a new test. The DVSA simply requires that you leave a gap of at least 3 working days since your last one. Use the interim to get your revision on!
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