Preston Theory Test Centre

Situated right at the heart of the city, Preston theory test centre is a convenient option for anyone in the Lancashire area. At just a stone’s throw from the main train station, you should have no problem making it to your test on time! Use this guide to find out more information, including pass rates, local amenities and more.


Address

Norwest Court Guildhall Street Lancashire Preston Lancashire PR1 3NU

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

2-3 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.

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Arriving at Preston Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Preston theory test centre is very handily located just 10 minutes from Preston train station by foot. This is why it’s a great choice, even for those who aren’t from the Preston area itself. If you’re arriving at Bamber Bridge train station, which is slightly further out of town, we’d recommend taking a taxi to the test centre. This should take around 12 minutes.

There’s also the option of taking a bus. You’ll find that both the Waterstones bus stop and Boots bus stop (both located on Fishergate Road) are a 3-minute walk from the test centre.

For more information on the transport links in the area, hop online and explore the Preston City Council website. You’ll find information on everything from bus timetables to parking.

By car

Speaking of parking, if you’re lucky enough to be driven to the test centre, it should be a pretty straightforward journey. Tap PR1 3NU into a sat nav and hit the road! As this is a fairly busy city, be prepared for some traffic build-up—particularly around rush hour. You should bear this in mind when selecting a time for your test.

Parking

The theory test centre itself doesn’t provide parking, but you’ll find some great options very nearby. Glover’s Court car park is only 2 minutes from your destination and charges a very reasonable £2.20 for 2 hours of parking. There are only 18 spaces available, though, so you might need to get in there quite early.

If that fails, try the Sykes Street car park. It’s only 3 minutes away, charges the same price and has a lot more spaces. Super convenient!

Pass Rates by Year

Yes, Preston theory test pass rates have been on the decline in recent years, but no, you shouldn’t let this influence your decision. Whether you pass or not is really down to how you perform on the day–not the test centre. The test is going to be the same format no matter where you take it. Going somewhere with a high pass rate doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more likely to pass. The current pass rate is still above the national average, so Preston theory test centre is hardly in the red zone!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.7% 48.9% 48.7% 48.1% 47.3%

Guides and Tips

Passing your theory test requires you to put some work into learning the material. You’d be surprised how many people think they can blag their way through and are then surprised when they fail! Taking the test costs money and time, so why would you want to risk having to take it multiple times? Study, revise and take it seriously. If you’d like some help you can always use some study tools. Check out some great options, below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Wigan
Cropped Google Map with pin over Wigan theory test centre

38-40 Market Street
Wigan
WN1 1HX

14.8 miles away

By rail: Wigan Wallgate

2017/18 pass rate: 48.8%

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

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

21.1 miles away

By rail: St Helens Central

2017/18 pass rate: 48.9%

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Hotels

The best way to prepare for success is to get a great night’s sleep. Show up to your test rested and recharged and you should be good to go! We’d even suggest spending the night before your test in a local hotel–if you’re not from the Preston area, of course. Here are a few hotels we recommend:

Ashwood Hotel ★★★☆☆

The Ashwood Hotel is conveniently located right in the centre of Preston and just a 10-minute walk from where you’ll be taking your test. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and best of all, affordable. They even throw in a free full English breakfast–just what you need to start test day off right!

Holiday Inn Preston ★★★☆☆

You know where you stand with a Holiday Inn. This one’s less than 15 minutes from the test centre and offers free WiFi, gym facilities and an on-site bar & grill. Basically, everything you need for an enjoyable evening, without having to leave the building!

Winckley Square Hotel ★★★★☆

Looking for something a bit fancier? This place will knock your socks off. Newly opened in December 2018, the Winckley Square Hotel provides luxurious accommodation in one of the most beautiful parts of the city. With rooms named The Chalet and J’Adore, you know you’re in for a treat! Book early to avoid being disappointed.

Places to Celebrate

Theory test done and dusted and ready to hit the town? We like your style! Preston is a great city in which to enjoy a bite to eat or a couple of drinks. Before heading back home, be sure to try out some local hotspots. Here are a few we like the look of:

Fives

Fives is a cocktail bar and grill with a great atmosphere and bags of style. Depending on the time you’re visiting, you could sample a delicious brunch, treat yourself to a cheeky afternoon cocktail, or bop away to whatever tracks the DJ’s throwing down! Basically, there’s a good time to be had here, no matter the time of day.

Hartley’s Wine Bar

This funky wine bar boasts fresh and exciting dishes, cool decor and a great selection of wine and beers. There are some great deals to be had on both food and drink, so it’s also a fun choice if you’re watching the pennies!

Fishers

We know that sometimes you just want a nice pint in a good old pub. No muss, no fuss. Fishers provides exactly that. Nice pub food, great selection of drinks, and a laid-back, informal atmosphere.

What Happens Next?

The Preston theory test centre is a very handy option for those living within Lancashire and beyond. Close to local stations, lots of parking options and a range of things to see and do once the test is completed. It’s got it all!

Checked the theory test box and want to plough on? That’s the attitude! Get booked in for your practical and work on those driving skills. Don’t forget—you need your theory test pass number to book a test, so don’t lose that certificate! Those from the Preston area will probably find it most convenient to take their test at either the Preston or Chorley test centres.

Didn’t manage to pass the theory test first time? Not to worry. It’s very simple to book yourself another test. Just leave 3 working days between the new test and your previous one, as per DVSA rules. The second time around is always easier because you know exactly what to expect, so don’t give up!

No matter what your current status as a learner driver is, PassMeFast can assist you in getting on the road in good time. We have courses for beginners and those with all levels of experience—check out the full range on our website. Alternatively, you can give our team a call and they’ll help you decide the next steps you should take towards getting that licence. Just dial 0333 123 4949 and you’ll be in touch with a member of our friendly team!

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