The lovely spa town of Cheltenham is famous for horse racing and a range of cultural festivals, but did you know that it’s also home to one of only two theory test centres in the county of Gloucestershire? You do now!
Come on a journey with PassMeFast as we explore everything you need to know about this test centre. From pass rates and wait times, to contact details and parking options, we cover it all! With the help of this guide, you’ll be fully equipped to stroll out of Cheltenham theory test centre clutching a pass certificate. Let’s get going!
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’ll find Cheltenham theory test centre located in the north-eastern end of town. This means that while it’s fairly centrally located, those planning to arrive by public transport may have to spend some time on their feet before reaching their destination.
If you plan to arrive by train, the closest station is Cheltenham Spa. Gear yourself up for a bit of a walk, as it will take just under 30 minutes to walk across town from here to the test centre. That being said, you could always catch a bus instead (or in addition to your journey by rail). The nearest bus stops to the test centre are Pitville Street and John Lewis. Your feet will thank you if you take this option because both are less than a minute’s stroll to the test centre!
For a more detailed rundown of the transport links serving Cheltenham, consult the Cheltenham Borough Council website.
Some learners opt to get a ride to their theory test from a friend, family member or taxi driver. This can certainly make life easier. In this case, all you really need to keep in mind is that the test centre postcode is GL52 2LP. As with any lengthy drive, you might want to avoid rush hour, so plan ahead and book your test at a reasonable time.
The test centre itself is situated in a rather striking white concrete building with a red entrance, called The Coliseum. It’s very close to the A46, so keep your eyes peeled when you turn off here to enter central Cheltenham.
Parking at or near test centres isn’t always easy as on-site parking is very rarely provided. Though this is indeed the case with Cheltenham, you can find some affordable car parks nearby.
Anyone wishing to leave their car while you sit the theory test should head to the John Lewis car park (GL52 2RR). This is a 4-minute walk from the test centre and you’ll be charged £3.10 for 2 hours or parking. You can also try the Portland Street NCP car park (GL52 2NX). This one is 6 minutes away and charges a slightly cheaper £2.50 for 2 hours of parking.
We’ll kick this section off by reminding you that pass rates actually mean very little for individual learners. The theory test is the same wherever you take it and so how you do largely depends on how much you study beforehand.
That being said, Cheltenham theory test centre boasts some pretty impressive pass rates! They’re consistently a good few points over the national average. If you appreciate such stats, this is probably the test centre for you!
Plenty of people underestimate how hard it is to pass the theory test. Don’t be like them! Save yourself time and money by doing plenty of revision before test day comes around. You need to have a solid knowledge of the Highway Code and should be able to spot potential and developing hazards shown in short video clips.
We highly recommend making use of available resources to help you prepare for your theory test. Below you’ll find a list of some that we think are particularly useful.
If you’ve picked Cheltenham theory test centre but you’re not local to the area, it might be an idea to stay in a local hotel the night before your test. This can reduce a significant amount of hassle on test day morning. Here’s a few hotels to check out:
If you’re looking for a decent venue that provides a short term stay for a low price, The Midland Inn really fits the bill. This place is conveniently located directly opposite the train station, which makes it a 28-minute walk from the test centre, or a 7-minute drive if you can catch a ride. Rooms are clean and airy and include a comfortable bed. Not all are equipped with a private bathroom, though, so be sure to specify this when you book if it’s your preference.
If convenience is at the top of your list of priorities, we recommend you secure a room at the Central Hotel. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the test centre and benefits from quick access to lots of local amenities! Each room is tastefully decorated and most include handy little extras, like a mini fridge and microwave, to help you make the most of your stay.
And, finally, an offering that will suit those with a taste for the finer things! The Cotswold Grange Hotel is a superb boutique accommodation that will provide you with a magical stay. Located in a particularly picturesque area of Cheltenham, you’ll find it still only takes you around 14 minutes to walk from here to the test centre. Every room is elegant, stylish and completed with luxury amenities to help serve your every need.
The theory test is a pretty big deal, so it’s only right that you treat yourself to something nice once it’s over. If food and drink is on the menu, Cheltenham has a host of great bars and pubs to explore. We’ve included a few of our favourites below.
Brewhouse & Kitchen is a lovely, laid-back place to grab a drink and enjoy a scrummy plate of food. If you opt for a beer, you should select one that’s made in the on-site brewery! The staff are super friendly and everything on offer is carefully prepared and really hits the spot. You can find it just a 7-minute walk from the theory test centre.
Bentleys Bar is a great option for all you cocktail lovers out there! They have an extensive menu of delicious drinks, ranging from the classic to the modern. There’s also an impressive range of beer and wine, and if you show up at the right time you might even be able to bag a drinks deal! It’s only a 6-minute walk from the test centre so you may as well take a look!
If you’re heading back towards the train station after your test, be sure to pop your head in at this lovely pub along the way. It’s cosy, rustic and welcoming—everything you want when you’re visiting a town for the day! A traditional pub with a modern twist, this place is great for both food and drink. You’ll find it a 10-minute walk from the test centre.
Now that we’ve covered all of the important details surrounding Cheltenham theory test centre, you’re probably wondering what the next steps are in terms of getting your driving journey off the ground. As soon as you know where you want to take your theory test, get an appointment booked in and start revising the relevant material.
When you get your hands on a theory test pass certificate, it’s time to turn your attention to the practical test. This means using the number on the certificate to book a driving test and taking lessons with a qualified instructor. If you’re from this area, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can take your test at Cheltenham test centre.
On the other hand, if you don’t manage to pass your theory test, it’s back to the drawing board you go. This really isn’t as bad as it sounds! Now that you know exactly what to expect, you’re fully prepared to earn a pass on your second shot. Book another test as soon as possible and be sure to study up on the areas where you lost points.
PassMeFast can help you earn a licence, no matter where you’re at in your driving journey. We have a variety of courses suited to learners of various experience levels. Lessons can be taken intensively or semi-intensively, and we’ll put you in touch with a top class instructor in your local area.
Desperate to pass your test as soon as possible? We also offer fast-tracked tests! This helps you to beat regular wait times and secure an appointment weeks before those usually on offer. To find out more or get booked in, give the team a ring on 0333 123 4949. You can also kick things off right away by clicking on the green button below!