The New Romney theory test centre only runs on a part-time basis, so before setting your heart on this location, make sure they’re actually conducting tests during your desired time frame. When the test centre is up and running, it offers more of a small town test environment, as they actually take place in the local village hall.
If this setting sounds right up your street, read on for everything else you need to know about the New Romney theory test centre. Directions, pass rates, wait times and local amenities will all be covered!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
Not currently providing tests (contact the DVSA to get up-to-date appointment information on this test centre) Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
Despite its small town status, you do have a couple of reliable public transport options when it comes to travelling to and around New Romney. St Mary’s Bay train station is only a 4-minute walk from the test centre. Bear in mind that on some routes this station is just a request stop, so you’ll need to alert the train staff that you want to get off here. Similarly, you may have to flag the train down if you want it to pick you up again and take you home. We’re not joking.
There’s also a bus service that passes right by the village hall. Hop off at the Jefferstone Lane bus stop and you’ll see your test location just across the road!
For more information on the transport services in New Romney, you can explore the travel sections on the Romney Marsh website.
If deciphering New Romney’s public transport systems doesn’t sound like something you fancy doing right before your theory test, you could always arrive by car. The easiest approach is to enter TN29 0SW on a sat nav and follow the instructions! You’re heading to the St Mary’s Bay area, which sits at the northern end of New Romney.
New Romney theory test centre doesn’t offer on-site parking, presumably because the spaces are reserved for those who work in the village hall. You do have the option to park a 14-minute walk away. Head to High Knocke car park (TN29 0RE), where you’ll be charged £2.30 for 2 hours of parking.
All other car parks are more than a 45-minute walk away, which kind of undermines the convenience of being driven to your test in the first place! The parking option we listed has more than 200 spaces, though, so you should have no problem securing a spot.
New Romney is one of the new kids on the block in terms of test centre in the Kent area. This, combined with its part-time status, means that the pass rates don’t really tell us a lot. Only 44 people took their test in New Romney between May 2019 and March 2020. So, while the pass rate sits slightly above average, it’s not based on a huge amount of data.
Forget pass rates, the amount of studying you put in is the only real indication of how well you are likely to do on the theory test. Time to turn off Netflix and get to work! If you’d like extra help or advice, we’ve listed some useful resources below.
Those heading to the New Romney theory test centre from out of town might consider booking into a local hotel the night before the big day. It saves you the hassle of negotiating buses or finding a parking spot when you’d rather be gearing yourself up for the test. We scoured the local area and came up with a few options:
This beautiful hotel is located on a private road right by the seafront. That means you can expect glorious views and easy access to some gorgeous, unspoilt coastline. All rooms are tastefully decorated and include high quality furnishings, free WiFi and comfy bathrobes. There are only 10 rooms available, so we recommend booking in advance.
This Inn dates all the way back to the 16th century and includes 5 cosy rooms, all perfectly equipped to provide a great night’s sleep. More of a B&B than a hotel, the Ship Inn is a great choice if you fancy a place with a homely feel and the option of a home-cooked meal.
Not to be confused with the Ship Inn, the Ship Hotel is even older (a pub has been on the site since the 15th century) and sits on the other side of St Mary’s Bay. It’s a restaurant, pub and hotel all rolled into one, so expect delicious food, some fine ales and easy access to a room once you’re done with the refreshments!
After taking the theory test you probably deserve a nice cup of tea, or even something a little stronger! We’re not trying to bend your arm, but if you were to stick around the New Romney area for a while after your test, below are some of the places you could drop in for a drink…
Just across the road from the theory test centre sits this charming pub that’s very popular with the local community. It’s not just a pub either, it also serves as the local post office! Ahh, small town life, eh? Unless you do have some important mail to deliver, we suggest you just enjoy a drink while you’re there.
Heading further into New Romney itself, there’s the option of The Plough and Furrows (also known simply as ‘The Plough’). This traditional British pub offers a cosy setting where you can relax, enjoy a drink and decompress after a day of road signs and developing hazards!
If you want to make the most of the sea views while you’re on the coast, walk 30 minutes north of the test centre, where you’ll find Ocean Inn. Try their best-selling fish and chips or be adventurous and sample a jellied eel or two (we’ll pass on the latter, thanks). There’s fresh seafood and fine craft ales aplenty at this friendly local pub!
New Romney doesn’t quite fit the mould when it comes to theory test centres, but that might be a good thing, depending on your preferences. Local transport might not run as frequently compared to larger towns and cities, but if you enjoy small town charm this centre is perfect! Just keep your fingers crossed that tests are being conducted around the time you wish to sit the theory.
Already checked this stage off the list and ready to move forward? Time to put the theory into action! Book yourself a practical test and put in some work from the driver’s seat. If you’re from New Romney, your nearest test centre is Folkestone.
If you find yourself stuck at stage one, it’s nothing to worry about. Plenty of people have to take a few stabs at the theory test before earning that certificate. Try to book yourself another test as soon as possible and really get stuck into some revision!
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