Driving Theory Test Centres in Scarborough

  • Scarborough theory test centre sits right in the heart of this lovely coastal town. Accessible to locals and tourists alike, it’s a great choice of location to take your theory test if you’re from the Yorkshire area. It’s also a great excuse to pay a visit to the seaside! Read on to find out useful information like directions, contact details, pass rates and more!


49 Westborough Suite 2 Scarborough North Yorkshire YO11 1UN

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Scarborough Theory Test Centre

By public transport

As it’s a popular tourist destination, Scarborough is well-serviced by various forms of public transport. If you’re travelling by rail, you’ll be pleased to learn that the test centre is just a 7-minute walk from Scarborough train station.

More of a bus person? You have options too! We’d recommend getting off at the Westborough (Stop M) bus stop, which is only a 4-minute walk from the test centre. For more information on the Scarborough transport system, including times and routes, go to the Scarborough government website.

By car

Planning to get to the test centre by car? It should be a reasonably straightforward journey. Type
YO11 1UN into the sat nav and follow the instructions.


You won’t find any parking spaces at the test centre itself, but Scarborough has plenty of very affordable options, should you need to leave a car somewhere. Your best option in terms of convenience is probably going to be 1 Pavilion Square car park. It’s a 2-minute walk from the test centre and will only set you back £1.80 for 2 hours of parking—not bad at all! 

Pass Rates by Year

Scarborough theory test centre’s pass rates have been consistently good over the past few years. In fact, as you can see, they remain above the national average. While this is always good to see, don’t take it as an indicator of how likely you are to pass here. Test results are all down to the individual learner. The theory test will be the same no matter where you take it—the pass or fail will reflect how much work you put in.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
48.6% 48.6% 48.2% 48.0% 48.0%  54.9% 52.2% 

Guides and Tips

We probably don’t have to remind you that the best way to get ready for a test is to put in a good amount of studying. Learning and revising everything you need to know about road rules, traffic signs and the highway code will make test day a breeze! Need some help? Try out some study aids—we’ve listed some of our favourites below.

Ready to Go?

Nearby Theory Test Centres


On the day of your theory test you want to feel rested, clear-headed and ready to spot some hazards! If this is what you’re aiming for (and it should be!) it’s very important that you get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Avoid the stress of traffic jams and navigating public transport by staying in a local hotel. The following options are all within walking distance from the test centre:

Royal Hotel Scarborough★★★☆☆

This grand old hotel in the centre of town provides comfortable rooms with beautiful views over the South Bay. While here you can make use of the on-site restaurant, gym and even enjoy some nightly entertainment. The hotel has hosted quite a plethora of famous faces, including none other than Winston Churchill! If it’s good enough for him, we’re sure you can make do for one night!

Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas★★★☆☆

You can’t really go wrong with a Travelodge. For a very reasonable price you’ll get everything you need for a short stay—comfy bed, basic toiletries, TV and 30 minutes of free WiFi. It’s no fuss, no stress and you should enjoy a great night’s sleep.

Riviera Hotel★★★★☆

Fancy pushing the boat out a bit? Treat yourself to a night at the Riviera Hotel. This award-winning accommodation is set in a beautiful Georgian town house. Expect superb service, delicious locally-sourced breakfast and a very relaxing stay!

Places to Celebrate

If you like to be beside the seaside, don’t head home just because the test is over. Why not stay awhile and grab a drink to toast to your success (or, err, drown your sorrows)? There are a lots of lovely pubs and bars to explore. Here are a few of our picks:

The Merchant Irish Bar

This place is a must for any whiskey fans, as they boast one of the largest collections of whiskies in the world! Even if that’s not your thing, the Merchant bar is worth a visit. Lively entertainment, friendly staff and a great atmosphere mean that you can’t help but have a great night here!

Scarborough Flyer

If you’re looking for a quick pint or two before you head home, this traditional pub in the centre of town will do the job. Watch some sport, nibble on some bar snacks and peruse their very respectable selection of real ales and tempting cocktails. A decent pub for adults of any age.

The Dickens Bar and Inn

This recently refurbished inn is a great spot for relaxing and unwinding after a hectic day. Sip on a cool, refreshing beverage and forget all about those road signs and speed limits—for one night, anyway! If you stick around long enough you might even catch some tunes from the resident DJ, or a live set from a local band.

What Happens Next?

This theory test centre is one of the best options for people living in and around the North Yorkshire area. It might even be tempting to those of you from further afield! Being a tourist hotspot, Scarborough is a very easy town to travel around—which will come in handy when you need to get to your test on time. Plus, you won’t fall short of things to do as the local amenities are second to none!

Aced the theory section of your driving journey and ready to move on? Good stuff! Now you need to book the all-important practical test. To do this you will need to use the theory test pass number that you’ll find on your theory certificate. If you’re from Scarborough, the closest practical test centres to you will be Scarborough, Whitby and Malton.

If you didn’t manage to pass your theory test the first time around, it’s not the end of the road. The best thing to do is get yourself back on that horse and book yourself in for a new test as soon as possible—the DVSA requires you to leave a gap of at least 3 working days between tests. Think about where you went wrong, cram in some extra revision and keep those fingers crossed! The good news is that it’s usually much easier the second time around.

Whether you’ve passed your theory test or not, PassMeFast can organise everything you need to get that driving licence. We have a range of courses suited to learners with a variety of driving experience. Check them out online or call us on 0333 123 4949 to find out more.

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