Driving Theory Test Centres in Southport

You’ll find Southport theory test centre located just on the outskirts of the main town centre. Away from the hustle and bustle of Pleasureland and the busy shopping streets, it’s a great option to take the test if you prefer to avoid large crowds and stay in a suburban area. Read on to find out useful information including local amenities, pass rates and contact details.


Gordon House Leicester Street Merseyside Southport Merseyside PR9 0ER

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

4-5 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Southport Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Southport theory test centre is handily located within walking distance from Southport train station—a quick 13 minutes, to be exact. If the weather’s bad or you don’t fancy a walk, there are usually a number of cabs available just outside the station.

For those who prefer to take the bus, it’s an even shorter walk. Hop off at The Promenade bus stop and it’ll only take 4 minutes to reach your test. Alternatively, the Houghton Street stop is a similar 5-minute walk away.

If you require even more detailed information on things like timetables, maps and ticket prices, head to Visit Southport or the Sefton Council website.

By car

Arriving by car instead of public transport? No problem. Simply tap PR9 0ER into a sat nav and hit the road. Once you reach Leicester Street, you may find that you are directed to one of the large houses on the residential part of the street. The building you are actually looking for, Gordon House, is further down the road on the corner. As the building is often classed by maps as being on the B5245, some navigators struggle to get a precise location.


Sadly, you won’t find parking spots available at the actual test centre. Don’t fret, though—there are some cheap options a reasonable distance away. Your best bet is to head to Floral Hall car park. It’s a 10-minute walk to your destination from here and you’ll only be charged £1.60 for 2 hours! Failing that, Marine Drive car park is an 18-minute walk from the test centre. Taking a spot here will set you back £2.20 for 2 hours.

Pass Rates by Year

As you can see, the pass rate for Southport theory test centre goes slightly up and down but remains consistently above the national average. While many people take an interest in pass rates, they don’t really tell you anything about your personal chances of passing the test in a particular location. The theory test will be the same no matter where you take it. The best thing to do is study hard and not worry too much about the stats!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
52.0% 50.8% 52.3% 51.7% 51.0%

Guides and Tips

If you want to ace the theory test, you’re going to need to put in the work. That means reading up on the highway code, learning road signs and taking a few practice tests. It might seem like a bit of a drag, but it is valuable information and the effort you put in will be worth it in the end. Need help studying? Why not try using some revision aids? We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Blackpool theory test centre

Unit 9A
Darwin Court
Blackpool Technology Park

13.9 miles away

By rail: Poulton le Fylde

2017/18 pass rate: 49.9%

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Lower Ground Floor
5 Covent Garden
L2 8TD

17.0 miles away

By rail: James Street

2017/18 pass rate: 49.7%

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One of the best things you can do to ensure success on the theory test (aside from studying, of course!) is making sure you have a clear head the morning of your appointment. Plenty of sleep is really important if you want to be firing on all cylinders. If you’re travelling to Southport from out of town, it might be an idea to book into a hotel the night before. We’ve lined up a few good options, below.

Balmoral Lodge Hotel ★★☆☆☆

This quaint little hotel is just around the corner from the theory test centre. Warm, friendly and unpretentious, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Rooms are tastefully decorated and you can even enjoy free parking and WiFi!

Peaky Blinders Accommodation and Bar ★★★☆☆

Looking for a night to remember? You can’t go wrong with this 1920s period style accommodation. Rooms are sleek and sophisticated, kitted out with luxurious bedding and plenty of unique touches. Located in the heart of the town, you have easy access to all the local shops and bars. Prefer to stay in? Simply pop downstairs to the on-site bar to wet your whistle!

Ramada Plaza Southport ★★★★☆

For fancier folk, there’s always the Ramada Plaza Southport. The self-proclaimed ‘Golfer’s Paradise’ sits right on the waterfront, making for some lovely views if you select the right room. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable and you get to enjoy a wide range of amenities. These include flat-screen TVs, 24-hour room service and an on-site restaurant. A great choice if you want to make the most out of your trip to Southport.

Places to Celebrate

If you find yourself with some time to spare after completing your theory test, it’s worth sticking around to enjoy some of Southport’s local establishments. The following places are perfect if you fancy a quick drink or bite to eat:

Reuters Bar & Grill

This casual bar and grill provides both high quality drinks and tasty food. The combination of friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere is sure to put you at ease. Kick back with a glass of bubbly and, if you have time, treat yourself to one of their hearty roast dinners. You won’t regret it!

Punch Tarmey’s

If you like a lively atmosphere and wide choice of ales, this Irish bar will hit the spot. Depending on when you’re visiting, you might be lucky enough to catch some live music or an enthralling sports game. There’s a great food menu to peruse, too.

Guelder Rose

Come on, who doesn’t love a carvery? You can’t beat the one at the Guelder Rose. This family-friendly pub located on the seafront offers a great range of drinks and traditional pub grub with all the trimmings. Whether you want a quick pint or three-course meal, this place will have you heading home feeling satisfied.

What Happens Next?

Southport theory test centre, with its solid pass rates and close proximity to local amenities, is a great option for anyone living in and around the Merseyside area. If you take your test here, you should have no problem getting to the centre on time or finding something to do in the local area afterwards.

Once you successfully pass the theory test, it’s time to move on to thinking about the practical. Hop online (or contact PassMeFast) and book yourself in for a driving test at your chosen location. Make sure you have your theory certificate to hand, as you’ll need the pass number to make your booking. If you hail from the local area, the closest test centres to you will be Southport or Norris Green.

If you didn’t quite get enough marks to pass first time, it’s not a problem. The main thing is to not give up! Book yourself another test as soon as possible. The DVSA simply requires that you leave a gap of 3 working days between tests. The good news is that many learners find things much easier the second time round!

Whether you pass or fail your theory test, PassMeFast can help you get your driving licence. Check out our full range of courses online and you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. If you’re not sure which to pick, it’s worth considering a course assessment to measure where you’re at in terms of ability. Alternatively, feel free to call our team on 0333 123 4949 to get some advice.

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