Driving Theory Test Centres in Middlesbrough

The Middlesbrough theory test centre is located pretty much smack bang in the centre of town—making it easily accessible to people from all over North Yorkshire and beyond. Join us as we delve into the nitty gritty details that will ensure you’re making an informed decision if you book your test at this centre. We cover pass rates, contact details, local amenities and more!


Unit 6, Cleveland Business Centre 1 Watson Street Middlesbrough North Yorkshire TS1 2RQ

Phone Number

0333 2001122 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 Middlesbrough Theory Test Centre

By public transport

The Middlesbrough theory test centre is ideally located for anyone commuting by train or bus. In terms of the former, Middlesbrough railway station is only a 9-minute walk away. You’ll find it just around the corner from the Middlesbrough Council buildings.

If you’re taking the bus instead, you’ll be pleased to learn that the theory test centre happens to be just a hop, skip and a jump (or 2-minute walk) from the Cineworld Cinemas bus stop. Coming from the opposite direction? No problem—hop off at Middlesbrough House bus stop and it’s just a 3-minute walk to your test.

For more detailed information on Middlesbrough’s transport links you can always consult the Middlesbrough Council website.

By car

Of course, if public transport is something you prefer to avoid, you could always try and catch a lift to the test centre by car. Whether you’re taking a taxi or you’ve found a friend or family member nice enough to be your chauffeur, get them to enter TS1 2RQ into a sat nav and hit the road!

For those arriving from out of town, it is highly likely you will end up on the A66. Follow signs to Cleveland Business Centre when exiting via the roundabout(s).


Unlike a majority of theory test centres, the Middlesbrough branch has some parking options right outside. There’s also a significant number of cheap parking options. The only issue those arriving by car may encounter is that spaces are somewhat limited.

To park right outside you just need to get a spot in the Oak Street car park. The good news keeps coming, too, because it only costs £1.50 for 2 hours of parking—bargain! There are only 30 spaces available, though, so you might want to try and get in there early.

If you find this car park is full, you’ll probably have more luck in the Fry Street car park. Here there are 82 spaces and the cost is exactly the same. It’s just slightly further away from the test centre—a 4-minute walk, to be exact.

Pass Rates by Year

Now, the pass rates for Middlesbrough theory test centre are where some people may start to get put off. As you can see, they’ve been in decline for the last 5 years. While this doesn’t look great on the surface, it’s actually not that big of a deal. Given that the theory test is the same all over the country, local pass rates don’t necessarily have any major implications for individual learners. Your performance is down to you, not the test centre.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.3% 47.9% 47.1% 46.2% 45.7%

Guides and Tips

Preparing for the theory test involves quite a bit of studying (if you do it probably), so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to learn the format and material. If you need any extra help it’s definitely worth investing in some revision aids and guides. We’ve listed a few useful ones below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Northallerton theory test centre

Carrick House (First Floor)
Thurston Road

17.7 miles away

By rail: Northallerton

2017/18 pass rate: 53.6%%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Sunderland theory test centre

2nd Floor
Havelock Buildings
High Street West

23.7 miles away

By rail: Sunderland

2017/18 pass rate: %

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Why add any more stress to your test day with the prospect of traffic jams and delayed trains? If you’re travelling to Middlesbrough from out-of-town, booking yourself into a local hotel the night before is a great way to be extra prepared! Check out some of your closest options:

Jurys Inn Middlesbrough★★★★☆

A mere 4 minutes from the test centre, you’ll find this particularly fancy branch of the Jurys Inn hotel chain. Each room is stylishly decorated and includes a flat screen TV, complimentary toiletries and luxurious bedding. There’s also a delightful restaurant (The Endeavour) on site where you can sample some scrumptious European cuisine.

Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough★★★☆☆

If you’re someone who likes to be right in the centre of things, set up camp in this branch of the Holiday Inn, which is right in the middle of town. They provide a comfy bed, free internet access and a complimentary breakfast—everything you need, really!

Travelodge Middlesbrough★★☆☆☆

Pinching the pennies? We understand! For a low key, affordable room for the night, head on over to the Travelodge on Newport Road. Despite the cheap price tag, this hotel doesn’t cut corners when it comes to perks. You can get a king size bed all to yourself (bliss) and the room even includes a desk area—great for squeezing in some last minute revision!

Places to Celebrate

Taken your theory test at the Middlesbrough centre and not quite ready to head on home? Then don’! In the surrounding area you’ll find lots of interesting places to grab a drink or graze on some yummy food. We’ve listed some of our favourites below.

The Dickens Inn

This place takes pride in being one of the most famous bars in Teesside. Haven’t heard of it? Here’s what you need to know: 4 venues in one, incredible beer garden, great party atmosphere. It may be located on a University campus, but it’s popular with students and locals alike—so pay it a visit!

La Pharmacie

This bar and grill is less than 1 minute away from the test centre, so you really have no excuse for not at least popping your head in! Specialising in cocktails, steaks and great service, La Pharmacie ticks all the boxes required for a fun and relaxing evening. They also offer a bunch of food and drink deals, so you can grab a bargain as well as a drink!

The Nuthatch

If you feel like treating yourself to something a little fancy, take a sip of one of The Nuthatch’s signature cocktails. Expertly crafted and full of incredible flavours, the drinks here really are something special. Pop by at happy hour and leave any regrets at the door!

What Happens Next?

For those wanting to take their theory test in North Yorkshire, the Middlesbrough centre is definitely one to consider. Sure, the pass rates leave something to be desired, but you can’t beat its accessibility and parking options! There’s also plenty to see and do in the town, so you could make a day of it and see what Middlesbrough has to offer for yourself.

After the theory test comes the all-important practical driving test. It might be a bit nerve-wracking, but once you get it booked in and start building up your experience behind the wheel, it won’t seem like as much of a big deal. Get the momentum going by selecting a test appointment at your local centre—there’s actually one in Middlesbrough itself.

Still not passed the theory section? Don’t give up—book another test as soon as possible (leaving a gap of at least 3 working days) and keep on studying. The second time round is always easier, because you know exactly what to expect!

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