It may be the oldest recorded town in Britain, but the theory test centre in Colchester is actually fairly new—opening its doors in September 2016. Since then it’s managed to sustain a fairly high pass rate and good transport links and amenities make this a great test location for people all over the Essex area.
Delve into our comprehensive guide to discover everything you need to know about the Colchester theory test centre. We include pass rates, wait times, local amenities and much more!
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
Even if you’re not from Colchester, getting to the test centre on time doesn’t need to be a mission. Those travelling by train should get off at Colchester Town, which is the closest station. From here it will be an 11-minute walk to the theory test centre. If you’re arriving at Colchester’s central station, you should plan for a 25-minute walk.
Taking the bus instead? No problem. Get off at the Police Station bus stop and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump (or 1-minute walk) to your theory test.
To learn more about Colchester’s transport options, consult the Visit Colchester website.
For those who prefer to travel by car, the journey should be fairly straightforward. The road the theory centre is on is just off the B1026. To (hopefully) skip any confusion, just type CO3 3DA into a sat nav and follow the instructions. It might help you to know that Wellington House sits right behind Colchester College, so if you find that you’re pretty much there!
Unless you’re getting a taxi, it’s likely you’ll be hoping to nab a parking spot at or near the test centre. Sadly, the test centre itself does not provide on-site parking. No need to be put off getting a lift, though, as there are plenty of parking options nearby.
You can try Butt Road car park (CO3 3DG) if you’re looking for both convenience and a reason to giggle. It’s less than 5 minutes from the test centre and charges £2.50 for 2 hours of parking. Alternatively, there’s always St John’s car park (CO2 7HB), which is 8 minutes away from where you’ll be taking the test. Here, you’ll be charged a similarly reasonable £2.70 for 2 hours of parking.
Colchester theory test centre hasn’t been up and running for very long, so we don’t have a lot of data to provide. Nevertheless, the pass rates they do have sit above the national average, so if you’re the sort of person who cares about statistics, this should put your mind at ease. It’s still important to remember that the location you choose doesn’t really affect how well you do in the test. Results are all down to preparation and personal skill!
If you don’t fancy having to take multiple attempts at the theory test, make sure you leave plenty of time for revision. Don’t think that just because it’s multiple choice it will be easy to pass—it’s important that you really know your stuff on test day. To ensure you know exactly what to expect, have a flick through some of the guides we’ve included below.
Save yourself some time and stress the morning of your theory test by booking into a local hotel the night before. There are plenty of great options in Colchester—and not just the usual chains you would expect! Check out our top 3 choices below.
This is a fantastic hotel steeped in local history. It was once a medieval coaching inn and the ancient cellars are still in good nick and well worth a look! Don’t worry, though—when it comes to the rooms, the decor is up to date and everything is fresh, clean and comfortable. You’ll find it a quick 12-minute walk from the test centre.
North Hill Hotel is simple, sleek and stylish. Despite its very reasonable price tag, guests still get to enjoy top class service and a highly enjoyable stay. There are only 24 rooms available, so if this place tickles your fancy you’ll need to book in early!
Did you know that Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter is in the boutique hotel business? Neither did we, but we’re very impressed with her work. The whole place is decked out in luxury vintage decor and during your stay you have access to free WiFi, a complimentary breakfast and staff on hand 24/7 to serve any of your needs. Trust us, you’ll be crazy in love with this place!
Passed the theory and ready to celebrate? While you’re in the oldest town in Britain you may as well check out the local scene! See below for some of our top recommendations in the area.
This lovely little pub is mere yards from the test centre, so you don’t really have an excuse not to at least pop in! Once inside, you can take your pick from a huge range of ales, beers and wines (or a soft drink, if you’re driving) and relax in the company of some of the friendly locals.
This is a super popular local spot that’s frequented by locals and visitors alike. The atmosphere is more party than peaceful and there’s plenty of fun to be had if you’re in the right mood. There’s food on offer no matter the time of day—just be sure to beat the lunchtime rush if you don’t want to be waiting too long to satisfy your stomach!
History buffs simply must not leave without checking out this interesting and elegant brasserie. The original house dates all the way back to the 15th century and has witnessed some of Colchester’s most important historical events. Even if that doesn’t pique your interest, the food is delicious and the drinks menu has something for everyone!
Essex’s newest theory test centre just so happens to be in the oldest town in the country—what are the chances?! Once you’ve gotten over that quirk, you’ll discover that Colchester theory test centre is perfect for those situated in the northeast of the county (or anyone who fancies a bit of a historical road trip, really).
If the theory test is old news and you’re ready to move on, start planning for the main event: the practical driving test. Find your local test centre and book a date that gives you enough time to get confident behind the wheel. Nearby test centres include Colchester itself and Clacton-on-Sea.
Still working on the old theory certificate? For some people it does take a few attempts. Stay focused on the positives, book another test and revise until you know the highway code like the back of your hand. If you want to make revision a bit more fun, give our Sorted game a whirl!
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