The Northallerton theory test centre opened in September 2016. It is located in a business park just to the north of the popular market town. This is good news for those travelling to their test from surrounding areas, as it means you can avoid driving through the busy town centre. It’s also a quick and easy journey if you’re a Northallerton local. In this guide we’ll cover things like transport, pass rates, local amenities and more!
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By public transport
Travelling here from out of town? You’ll find that the theory test centre is located 1.3 miles away from Northallerton train station. If you’re happy to walk, it should take you around 27 minutes.
For those who aren’t up for a bit of a pre-test trek, you always have the option of hopping on a bus. Bear in mind, though, that the nearest bus stops to the test centre still require you to go quite a bit of the way on foot. Standard Way is the closest bus stop and once you disembark it’ll be another 11 minutes of walking before you reach the test centre.
To get information on all transport links and timetables, head over to the transport section of the Northallerton website.
If you can get someone to drop you off and pick you up, the best way to get to this test centre is by car. Find someone to give you a lift, type DL6 2NQ into the sat nav and set off!
Unless you’re lucky enough to nab one of the limited numbers of spaces around the test centre, parking in this area can be very tricky. To make matters worse, the nearest car parks are still a fair walk away. Some of the closest options include Applegarth Short Stay car park, where you’ll be charged £1.20 for 2 hours. This is a fairly reasonable charge, but it will be a 27-minute walk from the car to your test.
Northallerton theory test centre may be fairly new, but its pass rate comes in above the national average. While this isn’t necessarily an indication of your chances of passing the test here, it’s good to see the new centres performing well. Don’t read too far into pass rates, though—the theory test is exactly the same wherever you take it. Pass rates are a reflection of the success of the individuals taking the test that year, not the centre itself.
If you’re determined to pass the theory test the first time, you need to be prepared to put the work in. As with any test, studying is vital if you want a good result. Thankfully, there are a lot of different resources out there to aid your revision. Check out some of the study aids we recommend:
If you want to head into your test feeling fresh as a daisy, you need to ensure you get plenty of sleep the night before. For those that don’t hail from Northallerton itself, it might be wise to book a room in a hotel in the local area before the big day. We’ve had a look around and discovered these reasonably-priced options:
This is the closest accommodation to the test centre, at a nifty 4-minute walk away. The hotel prides itself on being relaxed and friendly, so you’re sure to be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere. Rooms are tastefully decorated and come with a very affordable price tag. You can even enjoy a nice cask ale or tasty dinner in the on-site restaurant.
If you fancy something a bit more up-market with a personal touch, why not skip the hotels and settle in a nice B&B? Porch House is set in a beautiful part of Northallerton, just a 13-minute walk from the test centre. This Elizabethan townhouse is actually the oldest private building in town—dating all the way back to 1584! Once there you’ll enjoy free WiFi, luxury toiletries and a great night’s sleep in a clean, comfortable room.
Steeped in local history, this hotel is full of character and offers great rates and a convenient central location. If the free WiFi isn’t enough to keep you entertained, you could always pop downstairs to enjoy a drink at the bar or a slap-up meal in the restaurant.
Places to Celebrate
Want to sample a few of the local delights before you leave? Northallerton has plenty of pubs and bars where you can celebrate your theory test success. No matter your tipple of choice, these establishments are worth a quick (or leisurely!) visit:
Just 7 minutes down the road from the test centre, you’ll find this restaurant-style pub serving up some great British classics. Even if you don’t have time for a bite to eat, you can grab a pint of real ale or enjoy a nice cold glass of your favourite drink. It’s no doubt been a long day—you deserve it!
A bit further into town, you also have the option of this warm, family-friendly pub. There’s a wide range of beverages, a delicious food menu and even an ex-RAF jet provost in the beer garden! With its traditional decor and laid-back vibe, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
For something a little different to your average pub, head over to the Potting Shed. This stylish bar and eatery offers you the chance to enjoy waiter service in your very own potting shed. If you arrive late and they’re all taken, no need to fret—there’s also a large bar area where you can pull up a stool or grab a table.
With its location just outside of the town centre, the Northallerton theory test centre is handy for those who can catch a lift or don’t mind a bit of a walk. Once you arrive you’ll find that there are plenty of nearby amenities to keep you comfortable and occupied before and after the test itself. If big towns and cities aren’t really your thing, this is a great theory test centre option. You might even find that being away from the hustle and bustle of the centre helps you keep a clear head before the test!
Passed your theory test and ready for the next stage? Congratulations! It’s time you started preparing for the practical test. On your pass certificate you should find a theory test pass number, you’ll need to use this when booking your practical test. From the Northallerton area? Your nearest practical test centres include Northallerton, Middlesbrough and Knaresborough.
Maybe you’re yet to pass your theory test, and that’s OK! Simply book yourself another one and start revising on the sections that stumped you the first time around. It’s always easier once you know exactly what to expect! Just remember that the DVSA requires you to leave a gap of at least 3 working days between theory tests.
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