Known as the ‘gem of the Norfolk coast’, those of you from the northern part of the county may already be acquainted with the lovely civil parish of Cromer. It’s famous for its beautiful coastline, yearly carnival and crab fishermen. So, you don’t really need an excuse to visit, but we’re giving you one anyway: it’s home to one of Norfolk’s 4 theory test centres!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this particular centre. We cover pass rates, parking options and much, much more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
Let’s start with how you’re going to get to the test centre. Thankfully, as this is a popular tourist destination, it’s very easy to get around the town of Cromer using public transport.
Thinking about catching a train to your test? No problem! Disembark at Cromer train station and you’ll have a very simple 10-minute walk ahead of you to reach the test centre. To spend even less time on your feet, consider taking the bus instead. Getting off at either the Church or Cliff Avenue bus stop will leave you with a 1-2 minute stroll to get to your test appointment.
For more information regarding public transport options in Cromer, pay a visit to the public transport section of the Norfolk County Council website.
Perhaps you’re being driven to your theory test in Cromer by a friend, relative or taxi driver. Whoever has been nice enough to offer you a lift, let them know that the postcode you’re heading for is NR27 9ES. You can save yourself a lot of time by tapping this into a sat nav and letting that do the directing!
You’ll find Merchants Place Community Centre just opposite where Mount Street meets Church Street. The building is on a corner and is clearly identifiable thanks to its painted grey entrance and a large sign over the door reading Merchants’ Place.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way: the theory test centre does not provide any parking spaces for visitors. That means if your chauffeur needs to leave their car somewhere while you sit the test, they’ll have to look further afield.
Now to the good news: we’ve done the looking for you! The closest option is going to be the Meadow Road car park (NR27 9EE). It’s a 9-minute walk from the test centre and charges £2.30 for 2 hours. Coming in second is the Cadogan Road car park (NR27 9HT). It also charges £2.30 for 2 hours, but it is a slightly longer 13-minute walk from the test centre.
The Cromer theory test centre is fairly new on the scene, so we don’t have a lot of stats to pore over here. From what we can gather, things are looking fairly average, which when it comes to theory test pass rates is a good thing! In other words, you have nothing to worry about here.
How much you study for the test has a much bigger impact on your final result!
It’s time to get your nerd on! The theory test is not a basic driving quiz. As a result, you are going to have to dedicate some hours to studying for it if you want to be able to pass both sections of the test. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there that will help you with this process. We’ve included some of our personal favourites in the list below!
If you’re taking a trip to Cromer purely to sit your theory test, it might be worth booking a night in a local hotel the night before. This will ensure you get a good night’s sleep and can prevent any unnecessary travel stress in the morning. Here are some nearby options:
This hotel claims to give you the opportunity to ‘indulge in Edwardian elegance’ and, from the looks of the interior, that’s exactly what you’re going to get! The Cliftonville is a welcoming family-run hotel situated a 10-minute walk from the test centre, on Runton Road. It’s right on the beach front so you can enjoy some spectacular sea views while you’re there! All rooms are tastefully decorated and WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Another hotel with great sea views is The Red Lion, which sits right across from the pier. You can’t really beat this one for convenience as it’s just a 2-minute walk from the test centre—excellent news for those who enjoy a lie in! And lie in you’ll want to when you settle down on their comfortable mattresses with crisp, clean sheets. All rooms come with WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities.
Ensuite bedrooms, self-catering cottages, glamping—this place has plenty of accommodation options! The Grove is a beautiful, sprawling property located a 10-minute walk from the test centre, near the Warren Wood area of Cromer. There are also plenty of top quality facilities for you to enjoy during your stay, including a swimming pool, landscaped gardens, private woodland path and a fantastic restaurant. Just don’t have so much fun that you forget to go to your theory test!
When your theory test is complete, you can hopefully let out a sigh of relief and start planning your next moves. In the immediate sense, this might mean grabbing a drink or bite to eat in the local area. Here are some places we recommend:
Thinking you don’t have enough time to stop for a post-theory drink? Well, this place is less than a 1-minute walk away from the test centre! Simply head out of the door and turn right. The Gangway is a lovely little micro pub decorated like a trendy bar. They have a great selection of drinks and snacks, including beer, wine, cocktails and nibble. Give it a go!
A little further down the road (roughly 4 minutes on foot) you can find The Old Rock Shop. It’s a friendly quaint little bistro serving up delicious food and a tempting selection of tipples. They claim to make Norfolk’s best sausage rolls, so be sure to sample one of those if you get that chance!
Head towards the coast to get to this top notch watering hole, known affectionately to the locals as ‘The Welly’. As you can guess from the name, they have their own smokehouse, so the food is very tasty indeed. There’s also a wide selection of drinks available as well as sports on the various TVs. If the weather permits, you can take in some lovely sea views with your refreshments.
There you have it—a comprehensive guide to the Cromer theory test centre. We hope this has made your decision on where to sit your test much easier. This is certainly a great option for those who wouldn’t mind combining a test with a day at the seaside!
As soon as that theory test pass certificate is in your clutches, you can move on to the next stage of your driving journey. Things start to get a lot more hands on now! Book yourself a practical test nice and early, to avoid having your progress stunted by those long wait times. Residents of Cromer will find that their nearest centre is Norwich (Jupiter Road) driving test centre.
If we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves and you’ve still not passed the theory test, do not give up hope! Plenty of learners struggle to pass this test on their first attempt. It’s usually just down to nerves or a lack of revision. Our advice is to book another test as soon as possible and get your head down and study. You can also check out our guide to avoiding test day nerves.
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