Driving Theory Test Centres in Eastbourne

Welcome to PassMeFast’s comprehensive guide to the Eastbourne theory test centre. It’s a handy option for anyone living in and around the southern section of East Sussex. If you’re thinking about heading to this seaside town to kick off your driving journey, make sure you give this a read first.

From pass rates and parking options, to wait times and local amenities, we’ll delve into all of the features that will help you to decide whether this theory test centre is the right option for you!


Senlac House 53-58 Seaside Eastbourne East Sussex BN22 7NE

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Eastbourne Theory Test Centre

By public transport

The theory test centre is located just to the east of the town centre, close to the seafront and to the right of the pier. If you’re travelling here by rail, it should take you around 16 minutes to walk to the test centre from Eastbourne train station.

If a bus is your chosen method of transport, you can reduce your walking time to under 2 minutes—simply disembark at Leaf Hall Road bus stop or St Aubyn’s Road bus stop.

To learn more about the transport links in this area, head to the East Sussex County Council or Visit Eastbourne websites.

By car

If you’ve decided that catching a lift is better than attempting to navigate the public transport options, let whoever’s driving know that that test centre postcode is BN22 7NE. As long as you have a trusty sat nav to hand, the journey should go smoothly.

The test centre itself is actually on the A259, so once you hit this it’ll be smooth sailing. Keep in mind that you’re looking for Senlac House—you’ll see this spelled out in big white letters on the building. How convenient!


What’s not so convenient is the parking situation. The test centre does not provide any and the nearest options are still a significant walk away. Nevertheless, if you’re determined to arrive by car and the driver isn’t willing to just drop you off, we’ve scouted the area for your best options.

Located a 17-minute walk away, Redoubt car park (BN22 7AQ) can be found on the Royal Parade road that faces the seafront. You’ll be charged £2.50 for 2 hours of parking. Failing that, The Beacon car park (BN21 3NW) is 19 minutes away from the test centre and boasts 700 spaces, so you’re highly likely to secure a parking spot. It’s also slightly easier on your wallet, charging just £2 for 2 hours of parking. 

Pass Rates by Year

The overall downward trajectory of the Eastbourne theory test centre’s pass rates shouldn’t put you off—this is a trend seen in centres across the country. If stats matter to you, rest assured in the fact that 48.3% is still above the national average. And, as we at PassMeFast often like to remind folks, pass rates aren’t really something that individual learners need to be thinking about.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
49.9% 50.1% 50.3% 48.8% 48.3% 58.4% 53.5%

Guides and Tips

One of the most important aspects of preparing to take the theory test is making sure you have the time and resources to revise all of the relevant material. You need to be well-versed in the Highway Code, able to understand the meaning of various road signs and ready to point out developing hazards when they appear on the road.

Studying for the theory test doesn’t need to be a slog. There are plenty of useful guides, study aids and mock tests available to help you along the way. We’ve listed some particularly good ones below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres



Travelling to Eastbourne from out of town? It’s worth booking into a local hotel the night before your theory test, to ensure that you’re in the best possible position (both physically and mentally!) to come out with a pass. Here are some nearby options:

Bay Majestic Eastbourne Hotel ★★☆☆☆

For a great cheap and cheerful option, head to the seafront and rent a room at the Bay Majestic Hotel. It offers modern, cosy rooms, friendly staff that are on hand 24 hours a day and free WiFi in the public areas. There’s even a chance that you’ll get to enjoy some live entertainment or soak up some rays on the sun terrace! The best news? It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre.

Best Western York House Hotel ★★★☆☆

If you feel more comfortable relying on big chain names, your best bet is to head to the Best Western on Royal Parade. Expect stunning views and easy access to the beach and rooms finished to a high standard. There’s even an indoor heated pool and an onsite bar and restaurant, to make your stay extra special.

Albert and Victoria Guesthouse ★★★★☆

For a homely bed and breakfast option that still aims to provide a 5-star experience, make your way to the very lovely Albert and Victoria Guesthouse. The owners pull out all the stops to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. A great night’s sleep is guaranteed and you can enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast in the morning. What better way to set yourself up for test day?

Places to Celebrate

Whether you pass or fail, the end of the theory test doesn’t need to mark the end of your time in Eastbourne. Before you head off home, why not check out some of the local haunts and treat yourself to a drink or snack? Here are a few little gems we recommend:

The Marine Pub

One of Eastbourne’s best loved pubs actually sits right next door to the test centre, so you’ve no excuse for not paying it at least a quick visit! The Marine has everything you want from a classic British pub and is maintained to a high standard. If the lovely old oak bar and charming patio garden aren’t enough to lure you in, maybe the substantial wine list and tasty food menu will!

The Loft Lounge

If you’re looking for a spot with a slightly younger crowd that offers countless cocktails and a lively atmosphere, this is probably your best option in Eastbourne. The Loft Lounge is casual, hip and a lot of fun. There’s usually a drink offer on, too, so you can treat yourself to something even if you’re pinching the pennies!

The Crown and Anchor

For those who like a sea view with their pint, you can’t beat The Crown and Anchor. This gorgeous family-run pub is in a prime location and has a range of menus that will knock your socks off. Vegan junk food? Children’s favourites? Classic pub fare? Check, check and check!

What Happens Next?

Well, there you have it, everything you need to know about the Eastbourne theory test centre. Oh, and did we mention that there’s usually only a 1-week wait when booking a test? Not too shabby at all! There are plenty of reasons to make this theory test centre your top choice in the East Sussex area.

The theory test is just the first step in becoming a fully qualified driver. Once this stage is over, it’s time to get serious about driving lessons and booking that all-important practical test. It might seem a little early to be thinking about the latter, but you have DVSA wait times to contend with. Unless, of course, you decide to go with PassMeFast—we can fast-track your test, which will really speed things up! There’s no need to head out of town for your test either, as there’s a practical centre in Eastbourne itself.

Still not managed to pass the theory test? Don’t worry, less than half of people manage to earn their certificate on the first attempt. Book yourself another test and get to work revising the areas that you struggled with. It’s bound to be easier now that you know exactly what to expect!

Looking to earn a driving licence in the most efficient way possible? PassMeFast is here to help. Our combination of intensive courses and fast-tracked tests ensures that learners become qualified drivers in no time at all. (Well, it will take some time, but it’s much quicker than the traditional approach of hourly lessons!)

Have a browse of our range of courses (we cater to learners of all experience levels) or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to discuss your options. Then again, if you already have a clear idea of what you want, you can skip all that and simply click the button below. Give it a whirl!

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