Blackpool Theory Test Centre

Blackpool theory test centre is located in a technology park on the outskirts of this popular seaside destination. This means it is particularly handy for people arriving by car, who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas. Read on for information that will make your test day a breeze, like transport links, local amenities, pass rates and more!


Address

Unit 9a, Darwin Court Blackpool Technology Park Lancashire Blackpool Lancashire FY2 0JN

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.

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Arriving at Blackpool Theory Test Centre

By public transport

There are 3 train stations located near the Blackpool theory test centre, though each are quite a distance if you’re heading across town on foot. The closest is Layton train station, which is a 34-minute walk away (or 7 minutes by taxi). Poulton-le-Fylde station is a slightly longer 42-minute walk away. If you’re arriving at Blackpool North Station we’d definitely recommend getting a taxi, as it’s just over an hour’s walk away from the test centre.

If you are arriving by rail and don’t want to fork out for a taxi, you always have the option of hopping on a bus. Hawking Place bus stop is a mere 2 minutes from the centre on foot. For more detailed information on local transport links, like timetables and ticket prices, head over to the Blackpool Transport website.

By car

Managed to secure yourself a lift to the test centre? Nice going! Just tell whoever’s driving to enter FY2 0JN into their satnav. You can access the technology park via Faraday Way road, which leads onto Hawking Place.

Parking

As with most theory test centres, this one does not provide on-site parking. If you’re lucky enough to nab one of the few spaces on the road nearby—well done! If you don’t, we’re afraid it’s not great news. The nearest car parks are free, but they are all a 45-minute walk away. You may be best off getting the bus after all! If you get dropped off and the person driving you needs somewhere to park, direct them to the Cottom Hall car park or Teanlowe car park. Both a free for 2 hours of parking, but a 45 and 52-minute walk away, respectively.

Pass Rates by Year

As you can see, the Blackpool test centre’s pass rates have been declining over the last few years (although in 2019-20 they have started to rise again). It’s highly unlikely that this has anything to do with the quality of the centre itself. In fact, it’s important not to take pass rates too seriously. Think about it—the theory test is the same wherever you take it. It just so happens that people, on average, haven’t done as well here in comparison to previous years. Bear in mind that 48.4% is still higher than the national average, so there’s really no reason to let these numbers concern you!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
50.4% 50.1% 49.9% 48.2% 48.4%

Guides and Tips

Forget pass rates—doing well on the theory test is all down to how well you prepare. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to learn all about the rules of the road and take a few practice tests. Those who do a lot of revision tend to be less nervous when test day arrives and come out with that all-important pass certificate. Need some help with the studying process? There are loads of revision aids you can try. We’ve listed a few of our favourites, below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Southport
Cropped Google Map with pin over Southport theory test centre

Suite 6
Gordon House
3-5 Leicester Street
Southport
PR9 0ER

13.9 miles away

By rail: Southport

2017/18 pass rate: 52.3%

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Barrow
Cropped Google Map with pin over Barrow theory test centre

111 Duke Street
Barrow in Furness
Barrow
LA14 1XA

19.8 miles away

By rail: Barrow-in-Furness

2017/18 pass rate: 48.7%

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Hotels

Nothing beats a great night’s sleep before an important test. If you want to be ready and refreshed, be sure to catch a few z’s. Not from the Blackpool area? Why not beat the morning rush by booking yourself into a local hotel the night before your test? That way you can relax and prepare without worrying about a commute the next day. Here are a few options around the test centre:

Brioni Hotel Blackpool ★★★☆☆

A 6-minute drive from the theory test centre you’ll find the charming Brioni Hotel. They have everything you need for a comfortable night’s stay. Free internet, your own TV and a cosy bed await. The hotel is situated in the quieter part of town, so you won’t be kept awake by noisy revellers!

Hotel Sheraton Blackpool ★★★☆☆

Fancy staying closer to the action at the party end of the promenade? This family-run hotel offers lots of activities along with great service. Dance breaks, indoor pool, resident DJs—you certainly won’t be short of ways to fill your time with all of the entertainment the hotel provides. Once it’s time to hit the hay, you’ll be able to appreciate the tastefully decorated rooms with clean, comfortable bedding.

The Collingwood Hotel ★★★★☆

Our final choice really puts the emphasis on warm and friendly service. Enjoy free WiFI, complimentary tea and coffee facilities and a really cosy stay in this home-from-home guest house. It’s also just a short stroll from all of Blackpool’s most famous attractions, so hit the town if you have time!

Places to Celebrate

Once you’re done with the theory test, there’s no need to rush off home. You’re in Blackpool after all! Take a walk on the beach, visit the tower or grab an ice-cream. If a celebratory drink is what you really fancy, here are a few places you could try:

Albion Pizza Kitchen Bar

If proximity to the test centre is what you’re after, the Albion is probably your best bet, at just over a 20-minute walk away (or 5-minute taxi!). Pizza, beer, bar games—what’s not to love?! This cosy pub will feel like just the ticket after sitting a your test.

Peek A Booze

Head further into the town centre and you’ll find some really fun establishments, like Peek A Booze. This is a cabaret bar hotel where you’ll find it very hard not to have a great time. There’s live entertainment (not just cabaret, but singers and comedians, too!), a great selection of drinks and plenty of friendly staff on hand to help you find what you need. A night at Peek A Booze is one you’ll remember!

Don Pepe Cocktail and Juice Bar

Whether you fancy a healthy juice or a not-so-healthy-but-delicious cocktail, Don Pepe’s will satisfy your needs. This great little bar has a fun laid-back atmosphere and plenty of drinks to choose from. Chat with friendly locals or relax on your own—whichever you fancy, this is a great spot in which to do so!

What Happens Next?

The Blackpool theory test centre is located just outside the bustling town centre, so getting there by bus or taxi is probably your best option. As you’re there to take a test, you’ll probably appreciate the fact that it’s situated in a quieter area. It’s a good option for Lancashire folk looking to get their licence. Once it’s all over, you can head towards the promenade and make the most of the local amenities!

Completed the theory stage and ready to move on? It’s time to book your practical test. Go online (or give us a call) and use your theory test pass number to arrange a test appointment. If you are from Blackpool your closest practical test centres are Blackpool and Southport.

Not passed the theory yet? No need to panic—book yourself another test as soon as possible. That’ll be at least 3 days after your previous test, according to rules set by the DVSA. Fit in some more revision, learn from previous mistakes and, most importantly, do not give up!

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