Considering it’s the county town of Norfolk, it probably comes as no surprise that there is a theory test centre located in Norwich. If you want to take your theory test in a city, this is your only option in the county. This theory test centre actually changed location in 2018, but that didn’t put a dent in its consistently above-average pass rates!
Eager to learn more? Keep reading to find out key information like directions, parking options, pass rates and 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
If you’re planning to travel to the theory test centre using public transport, you have a very straightforward journey ahead! Let’s start with rail. Once you pull into Norwich train station, you only have a 7-minute walk ahead of you to reach the centre. Simply head right onto Prince of Wales Road and keep walking until the theory test centre appears on your left!
You can also make your way here by bus. The stop you want is Prince of Wales Road (DA), which is just across the road from the Rocky Mountain Pizza Project. Hop off here and you need only cross the street and walk a few yards to reach the location of your test!
Fancy learning more about public transport in Norwich? Check out the public transport section of the Norfolk County Council website.
Being driven to your theory test instead? Lucky you! It means you can avoid the hassle of public transport, but you should keep in mind that your destination is in the middle of the city centre. Prepare to face some traffic and leave yourself extra time if travelling during rush hour.
To make the journey as simple and straightforward as possible, note down the postcode: NR1 1BD. The driver should be able to pop this into a sat nav and follow the directions.
The building that the theory test centre is in very handily has No11 Prince of Wales Road marked above the entrance in big letters. Head to the first floor to take your theory test.
The person driving you to your test may want to park up their car while you sit the test. This is fine, but they won’t find any parking provided by the test centre. Instead, they’ll need to make use of a local car park.
The nearest option is the Castle Mall Shopping Centre car park (NR1 3JQ). It’s only a 5-minute stroll from the theory test centre and charges £2.90 for 2 hours of parking. Failing that, you could also try the Rose Lane car park (NR1 1PY). This one is a 7-minute walk from the test centre and will set you back £3.60 for 2 hours of parking.
Hello high pass rates! If you’re unattuned to theory test pass rates, these numbers may not look all that impressive, but let us tell you—they are! Each of these figures is a solid few points above the national average.
That being said, don’t run off and book your appointment here thinking you’re more likely to pass because of these stats. In reality, the theory test is the same wherever you take it. Sorry, folks!
So, how are you meant to improve your chances of passing the test if the pass rates won’t help? By studying hard, of course! It may not be the answer you want, but it’s true. Treat this test like any other and do some preparation before attending your appointment.
Check out the resources listed below. They will help you understand exactly what is expected of you on the day and how you can revise the key material. Good luck!
Why are we bringing up hotels? Well, if you’re not from Norwich but want to take your test here, it can sometimes be a good shout to stay in a local hotel the night before. It just means you can avoid travel stress on the day and get a solid night’s sleep. Here are some options to suit a range of budgets:
It really doesn’t get more convenient than this! Just a 3-minute stroll around the corner from the theory test centre sits this branch of the budget chain hotel. It may not be fancy, but it’s pretty much all you need for a short, overnight stay. Your room comes kitted out with a comfy bed, shower and even a desk where you can fit in some last-minute revision.
At double the distance away (but still a very accessible 6-minute walk) you can find a Premier Inn. This branch benefits from its own onsite restaurant and a great central location. If you stay here, you’ll benefit from free WiFi and a Freeview TV with 80 channels. If you’re very lucky, you might even get a nice view of the river from your window!
Fancy staying at the oldest hotel in the UK? Well, now you can, because it’s just a 7-minute walk from Norwich theory test centre! The Maids Head Hotel dates back 800 years, but thankfully it has undergone a number of makeovers since then. It’s now a gorgeous 4-star hotel dripping in elegance and intrigue. When you enter you have a range of delights at your fingertips: beautiful rooms, a Jacobean bar and even an onsite beauty parlour. There’s also complimentary parking available—ideal if someone has driven you to Norwich!
After the theory test you could always stick around the city for a while to sample what some of the local establishments have to offer. Below are a few places we think are worth checking out.
If you’re short on time and just want to grab a quick drink or snack before heading home, look no further than The Last Pub Standing. You won’t be looking far, either, because it’s just a 2-minute walk around the corner from the test centre! This is a lovely, independent pub serving up a great range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. There’s a great ambience and a fab beer garden to boot.
Head 6 minutes down the road on to Bedford Street and you’ll stumble upon this delightful little cafe bar. The chilled atmosphere at Frank’s makes it a great place to relax and shake the day off. On offer for you to sample are coffee, wine, nibbles or a full, delicious meal—the choice is yours!
CopaCubana (see what they did there?) is a cafe-slash-cocktail bar that will certainly provide a mood boost or give you a great place to celebrate passing your theory test. Along with the usual bar drinks you can also enjoy cakes, smoothies, speciality coffees and maybe even a salsa class! Boogie your way over—it’s only a 5-minute walk from the test centre.
That just about does it for everything you need to know about the Norwich theory test centre! With high pass rates, reasonable wait times for tests and a very convenient, central location, there are plenty of reasons to choose this test centre if you live in Norfolk.
Clutching your theory test pass certificate and wondering what happens next? Well done you! Next comes the practical driving test. Book yourself an appointment nice and early, leaving yourself enough time to complete enough lessons. The DVSA recommends around 40-50 hours for complete beginners. If you’re from Norwich, there are 2 test centres to choose from in the city: Jupiter Road and Peachman Way.
Not everyone finds passing the theory test that easy. If you’re struggling to get a pass mark, the main thing is to not give up. Find ways to calm your nerves and put in plenty of revision before attending another test appointment. You will get there in the end!
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