Leicester Theory Test Centre

The Leicester theory test centre is handily located right in the heart of the city, just around the corner from St George’s church. If you’re from Leicestershire and plan to stay in the county to take your theory test, this is your only option. Thankfully, good transport links and a plethora of local amenities should make your journey straightforward and even enjoyable!

Read on to discover everything a learner needs to know about Leicester theory test centre...


Address

3rd Floor, Rutland Centre 56 Halford Street Leicester Leicestershire LE1 1TQ

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 Leicester Theory Test Centre

By public transport

As this journey is all about working towards that driving licence, chances are that plenty of you will be getting to this test centre by public transport. The good news is (unlike with the test centre itself!) you do have some options to choose from here.

Arriving by rail is an excellent choice as the test centre sits a mere 7-minute walk from Leicester train station. Rather take the bus instead? Not a problem! The test centre is just around the corner from Charles Street, which is lined with bus stops. 

They’re all named Charles Street bus stop, the specific drop off point will simply depend on the particular service you’re using. The closest stops to the theory test centre leave you with just a 1-minute walk to make your destination—very convenient! 

To gain a deeper understanding of the transport links serving Leicester, check out the Leicester City Council website.

By car

Those not willing to slum it on public transport can of course arrive at the test centre by car—just as long as someone else (who is fully qualified) is behind the wheel! Whether you taking an actual taxi, or the taxi of mum and dad, tap LE1 1TQ into a sat nav to get going.

The test centre is located near the corner where Halford Street meets Yeoman Street. Find yourself lost? Keep an eye out for St George’s Church, which is almost a stone’s throw away from where you’ll be taking the test.

Parking

It’s very rare for theory test centres to provide onsite parking, and the Leicester centre does not buck this trend. There is, however, a large car park situated right next door. Before you get too excited, we should warn you that 2 hours parking at the NCP Rutland Centre car park (LE1 1QT) will set you back £8.20!

Those not keen to pay London prices for a parking spot in the East Midlands may want to take a 5-minute walk to the Queen Street car park (LE1 1QW). Here you’ll be charged a much more reasonable £1.40 for 2 hours. There are only 25 spaces available, though, so you might have to get in early to nab yourself a spot.

Pass Rates by Year

The pass rates at the Leicester theory test centre over the past few years do not paint a particularly positive picture. There’s a steady decline and it currently sits below the national average. Don’t let this put you off, though, as statistics like this are more for the DVSA to worry about.

Overall trends do not indicate how you as an individual learner are likely to do in your test. Our advice would be to focus on studying rather than the stats!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
47.3% 45.4% 43.7% 42.8% 42.2%

Guides and Tips

While the theory test is nothing to worry about, it does require you to get your head down and put some work in. You’d be surprised how many learners assume they can blag their way through and end up failing and having to fork out for another test! Don’t be like them.

Below we’ve listed a few really useful theory test resources that will help you study the relevant material and prepare for the big day.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Nottingham
Cropped Google Map with pin over Nottingham theory test centre

Chiltern House
Castle Gate
Nottingham
NG1 7AR

21.8 miles away

By rail: Nottingham

2017/18 pass rate: 49.6%

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Coventry
Cropped Google Map with pin over Coventry theory test centre

1st Floor
Warwick Gate
21-22 Warwick Row
Coventry
CV1 1ET

22.8 miles away

By rail: Coventry

2017/18 pass rate: 47.3%

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Hotels

If you’re not from Leicester itself, but fancy taking your theory test here, it might be worth booking a room in a local hotel for the night before. That way you can cut down on travel time and ensure you’re well rested for when it really matters! Here are a few options:

Travelodge Leicester Central ★★☆☆☆

This Travelodge is just a 12-minute walk from where you’ll be taking your theory tests and offers all of the basics you need for a good night’s sleep. Comfy bed? Check! Onsite restaurant? Check! Discounted parking options nearby? Check! No need to break the bank—come here for a cheap and cheerful stay.

Ibis Leicester City Hotel ★★★☆☆

If that Travelodge sounded convenient, wait until you hear about the local Ibis! This hotel is situated just 7 minutes from the test centre and comes with a few extra amenities to make your night that little bit more enjoyable. No, they’re not handing out free puppies, but they do offer WiFi and your very own satellite TV. Wahey!

Mercure Leicester Grand Hotel ★★★★☆

Those with a taste for the finer things in life might prefer to spend their one night in Leicester at the Mercure Grand Hotel. Located in an impressive Grade II listed building, this accommodation will definitely not leave you wanting. Rooms are finished to a high standard, you can enjoy complimentary wifi for the duration of your stay and there’s even a Marco’s restaurant in the building. There’s no reason to leave the hotel (except for that pesky theory test)!

Places to Celebrate

Once the test is over there’s (probably) no need to rush off home. If you have some time to spare, it’s definitely worth checking out some of the local establishments to treat yourself to a post-theory test drink or snack. We’ve highlighted a few of our top choices below.

The Parcel Yard

This is the perfect option if you’re getting the train home after the test and fancy a quick celebratory (or commiseratory) drink. That’s because it’s located right next door to Leicester train station! Inside you’ll find friendly staff, a relaxing atmosphere and an extensive food and drink menu where you’re sure to find something to your liking. Go on, treat yourself! 

The Distillery

Heading further into the city centre, you’ll find popular local haunt The Distillery. This place offers cocktails, sports channels, tasty bar food and all things required to leave you feeling chilled, full and satisfied. Make sure you check out their daily deals to get the most bang for your buck!

Firebug

Forget a quick post-test drink, if you’re up for a proper party, head over to Firebug on Millstone Lane. It’s a late night bar where you can expect to be treated to anything from a comedy show to a performance from a live band. Grab a drink, shake off the day and maybe even have a little boogie—you’ve earned it!

What Happens Next?

Leicestershire’s lone theory test centre benefits from sitting in the heart of one of the county’s major cities. Leicester offers multiple transport links, a range of amenities and plenty to see and do. So, if you decide to take your theory test here, you’re unlikely to be disappointed!

Once that theory test pass certificate is firmly under your belt, it’s time to turn to the big challenge: the practical test. Book a slot at your desired test centre as soon as possible, because wait times tend to be long. Unless, of course, you take advantage of PassMeFast’s fast-track service and jump the queue!

Live in or around Leicester itself? Your nearest practical test centres are right on your doorstep! Check out our guides to Leicester (Cannock Street) and Leicester (Wigston) practical test centres to see which one suits you.

If we’re getting way ahead of ourselves and you’re still cracking away at the old theory test, not to worry. Failing first time isn’t the end of the world! Be sure to study up on the areas that stumped you and then go for another test. Just be sure to leave a gap of 3 working days from your last theory test, as per DVSA rules.

People at all stages of their driving journey can benefit from a PassMeFast course. We have packages for both complete beginners and seasoned drivers. Check out our course options online to see how we can help you ditch those l-plates and earn that licence!

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