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Driving Theory Test Centres in Wigan

This theory test centre is situated right in the middle of Wigan town centre. A handy location for both locals and those from the wider Greater Manchester area, there are plenty of reasons to take your test here. Learn everything you need to know with our handy guide...


38-40 Market Street Wigan Greater Manchester WN1 1HX

Phone Number

0333 2001122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

4-6 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Wigan Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Wigan theory test centre is incredibly close to more than one major public transport link. If travelling by train, you’ll find that, from Wigan Wallgate station, it is just a 6-minute walk to the centre.

Perhaps even more conveniently, Wigan’s main bus station (called, simply: Wigan Bus station) is literally steps away from where you take the test. Alternatively, if you’re coming from the opposite direction, simply hop off the bus at the Market Hall stop—it’s only a 3-minute walk to the centre from here. You’ll find more details on Wigan’s transport links via the council’s website.

By car

You could also jump in your car and drive to Wigan theory test centre. Put WN1 1HX into your sat nav and set off! This is the postcode given by the DVSA—though you may actually find that WN1 1JF will get you closer to the centre itself. Either way, look out for a sign saying Pearson Centre on the front of the building. The theory test centre is actually situated on a pedestrian street, so if you’re being dropped off, the closest you can get by car is Wigan bus station. We recommend getting out here.


If you need a parking space, the closest option will be at The Galleries car park. This is just 5 minutes from the centre and will cost a very reasonable £1.90 for 2 hours. There are 625 spots available, so you should be okay finding something. Mona Street car park is the same price and pretty much the same distance from the centre, but only offers 81 spaces—if this is your choice try to get in early! Finally, if you really love a bargain, try out the Wallgate car park. They only charge £1 for 2 hours of parking! Plus, it’s a mere 7-minute walk to your theory test. With only 40 spaces, though, we’d recommend giving yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

Pass Rates by Year

As you can see, Wigan’s pass rate experienced a bit of a drop recently, but is now back on the up. A centre’s pass rate doesn’t necessarily indicate your personal chances of passing there. Remember—everyone across the country takes the same test. How you do is down to the amount of work you put in and how well you know your stuff!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.0% 47.4% 48.8% 45.6% 46.2%

Guides and Tips

Nothing sets you up to pass a test with flying colours than studying hard. It’s boring, but it’s true. Thankfully, there are plenty of handy study aids that can make the learning process fun and straightforward. Here are a few revision resources that many people find useful:

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

St Helens
Cropped Google Map with pin over St Helens theory test centre

2nd Floor
Century House
Hardshaw Street
St Helens
WA10 1QU

19.0 miles away

By rail: St Helens Central

2017/18 pass rate: 48.9%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Bolton theory test centre

34 Queensbrook
Bolton Technology Exchange

6.6 miles away

By rail: Bolton

2017/18 pass rate: 46.3%

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Getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to ensure you’re ready and raring to go on test day. Not from the Wigan area but have your test booked in there? You could book yourself into a nearby hotel and save yourself the hassle of navigating traffic or public transport the morning of your test. Here are some places in the local area you can rest your head before test day:

Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel★★★☆☆

Located just over a 10-minute walk away from the test centre, this Mercure hotel offers great value for money. A tastefully decorated room awaits you, with both free WiFi and complimentary tea and coffee facilities. There’s also a bar, lounge and restaurant on site—so you decide how formal you want to go when dinner time rolls around.

Premier Inn Wigan Town Centre★★★☆☆

If you want to be right in the centre of the hustle and bustle of Wigan, look no further than the Premier Inn. As always, you can expect good service at a reasonable price from this established chain. The blackout curtains will ensure you get a restful night’s sleep, and you can treat yourself to a slap up breakfast in the morning, courtesy of their restaurant—the Thyme bar and grill.

Fifteens of Swinley★★★☆☆

For something a little more original, head over to this redbrick pub that doubles as a quirky boutique hotel! You may even recognise it from Channel 4’s hit show Four in a Bed. If the fine local ales, delicious food and comfortable yet stylish rooms aren’t enough to convince you to stay here, maybe the free on-site parking will!

Places to Celebrate

If success is in the air and you manage to pass the theory test with flying colours, treat yourself to a wee celebration. There’s plenty to explore and taste in Wigan! If you have a bit of spare time, check out some of these joints:

Wigan Central

Walk a bit further into town and you’ll stumble across this award winning craft ale and cider pub. It’s a local favourite where you’ll find gorgeous decor, delicious English food and plenty of choice when it comes to tipple. Plus, they showcase some of the best live music the local area has to offer. What’s not to love?!

Casino De Cuba

The centre of Wigan might seem like an unlikely place to host a slice of Cuba, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Cuban music, Cuban cocktails and Cuban tapas are all on the menu at this delightful late-night hangout. Feeling adventurous? Head upstairs and throw some moves on the dancefloor!

Pat and Dad Kitchen and Bar

You can’t beat a good burger, and if you’re in the Wigan area, Pat and Dad’s is definitely the place to find one. ‘Good food, good company, good fun’ is their tagline, and that’s exactly what you deserve after earning your theory certificate. With cocktails, desserts and classic American dishes on offer, you may have to be rolled out of the bar—but it will be totally worth it!

What Happens Next?

Wigan theory test centre is ideal for people living on the edge of either Greater Manchester or Lancashire. Great transport links mean you should be able to access this centre with relative ease.

Already made the trip to Wigan and passed your theory test? Great stuff! Now it’s time to take on the practical test. You will need your pass certificate number to book a slot at one of your local test centres. If you hail from the Wigan area, your closest practical test centres will be Atherton and St Helens. It’s a good idea to get booked in as soon as possible, to avoid long wait times.

If you still haven’t been able to pass the theory test, it’s not the end of the world. Continue with your revision and book yourself in for another test. Just remember to leave a gap of at least 3 working days from your last test. Stay confident and you will get that certificate eventually!

Whatever the outcome of your test, PassMeFast can help you speed up the process of getting that pink licence. We offer multiple different courses, each designed for people at varying stages of their driving journey. We let the learner tailor every aspect of the course to their personal needs, meaning you’re sure to find a course perfect for you!

Want to know more about your options? Simply pick up the phone and dial 0333 123 4949 to speak to a member of our friendly sales team. If you already have a particular course in mind, you can skip the sales info and book straight in yourself—just hit the big green button! It’s like we always say: the road to driving doesn’t have to be long!

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