Driving Theory Test Centres in Bolton

Located near to the picturesque Queens Park, the Bolton theory test centre is in an ideal location for both Bolton locals and those living on the outskirts of the town. Read on for a more in-depth exploration of this test centre, including directions, contact details, pass rates, and amenities.


Suite 2a, Second Floor, Knowsley House 4-6 Knowsley Street Bolton Greater Manchester BL1 2AH

Phone Number

0161 8557499 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.


Arriving at Bolton Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Bolton theory test centre is easily accessible via bus, coach and train. It’s a nifty 10-minute walk from Bolton train station. On the other hand, if you plan on conserving most of your energy for the test itself, Bolton Interchange (serving both buses and coaches) is a mere 6-minute walk away! Head over to the Bolton Council website for more specific information on public transport, including times and routes.

By car

Planning to drive to the test centre? No problem! Simply tap BL1 2AH into your sat nav and hit the road. If you’re coming from outside of town, it’s likely you’ll end up on the M61. If that’s the case, follow signs towards St Peter’s Way/A666, and then onto Knowsley Street.


Unfortunately, Bolton theory test centre does not provide on-site parking. Thankfully, however, there are a couple of reasonably priced options nearby. One of those options is New Holder Street car park (BL1 4SN), which charges £2 for 2 hours and is a short 8-minute walk to the centre.

Pass Rates by Year

Currently sitting just below the national average, Bolton’s pass rate has been slowly declining in recent years. This should make you all the more proud if you manage to pass first time here! Of course, the centre itself actually has very little to do with how likely you are to pass—everyone across the country is taking exactly the same test, after all. Make it your centre of choice and give their stats a boost!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
47.5% 47.2% 46.3% 43.9% 43.9% 51.4% 48.7%

Guides and Tips

The best way to prepare for a theory test is to revise. There’s a wide range of resources out there to help you gain and retain that driving knowledge. Check out some of our top picks for revision aids and advice—they’ll have you test ready in no time!

Ready to Go?

Nearby Theory Test Centres


The early bird catches the worm, and if that worm is the theory certificate, an early start can be achieved by booking yourself into a nearby hotel the night before. Getting plenty of kip is a solid way to ensure you’ll be clear-minded and confident heading into the test. We’ve scoured the local area and highlighted some of the best options that are a short distance from the centre:

Holiday Inn Bolton Centre★★★★☆

At just over a 5-minute walk from the test centre, this centrally-located chain hotel offers fresh, clean rooms and excellent service. Let’s be honest, you know where you stand with a Holiday Inn. A sound choice for both convenience and comfort.

The Britannia Bolton Hotel★★★☆☆

Another great chain option, the Britannia is a 10-minute drive from the test centre and provides a range of perks like free WiFi, bright and airy décor and a restaurant serving a whole host of dishes sure to whet your appetite after an afternoon of revision. Opt for a room with a countryside view and you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Rivington Pike right from your bed! Not bad at all for a 3 star hotel.

Travelodge Bolton Central River Street★★☆☆☆

Looking after the pennies? This Travelodge is a great choice if you’re simply wanting something cheap and cheerful. With an on-site restaurant and some free WiFi options available, they have everything you need for an enjoyable short stay. Plus, it’s only a 12-minute walk to where you’ll be taking the test. Winner!

Places to Celebrate

Heading out of the test centre waving that all-important pass certificate? Why not treat yourself by hitting the town and getting a taste of Bolton’s energetic nightlife scene? Here are some great options:

The Hen & Chickens

What better way to kick off the celebrations than by grabbing a pint at the 2018 winner of the Spring Pub of the Season award? With an eclectic range of real ales and delicious bar food on offer, you’re sure to find something to your taste in this town centre watering hole. The Hen & Chickens is popular with both locals and tourists alike, so head on down and grab yourself a stool!

Harvey’s Restaurant and Gin Bar

Love home-cooked meals and creative cocktails? Then Harvey’s is the joint for you! This family-run bar and restaurant serves up food from all over the world, which you can pair with a cheeky tipple from their carefully crafted (and extensive) drinks menu. Located in the heart of Bolton, this cosy spot is definitely one to visit.

The Spinning Mule

Part of the Wetherspoon family, The Spinning Mule is the perfect choice if you fancy stopping for a quick pint before heading back to the station. They have everything you’d expect: an affordable and tasty menu, plenty of TVs, free WiFi and, of course, a range of tasty lagers and ales.

What Happens Next?

Lying just on the outskirts of the city, Bolton theory test centre is a handy option for anyone living in and around the area. Its numerous transport links also make it worth a consideration for those situated slightly outside of town. Enjoy views of the beautiful Queens Park as you take the test that’s likely to be the launching point of your driving experience. Got it in the bag? It’s time for the next stage…

Once the theory section is done and dusted, it’s time to get ready for the practical test. You’ll find a theory test pass number on your certificate—use this to log into the practical test booking system and secure yourself a date. For more information on what this part entails, have a look at our guide to the Bolton practical test centre.

No need to get too down on yourself if you don’t manage to pass the theory test first time. It’s quick and simple to book another one, and at least now you’ll know exactly what to expect! Bear in mind that you are required to wait at least three working days before giving it another shot. Make use of the spare time to cram in some revision so you’re ready to smash it in round 2!

Whatever the outcome of your theory, PassMeFast can provide tips and assistance. We offer a wide range of courses for people of all driving ability. So, whether you’re a complete beginner or nearly test ready, we have a course that will get you on the road as soon as possible. Check out our full list of courses and decide which would suit your needs. Alternatively, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you out—simply give them a ring on 0333 123 4949. Ready to go ahead and book now? We like your style! Just click the button below and you’ll be out on that open road in no time!

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