Driving Theory Test Centres in Northampton

Northampton is one of the largest towns in England, so it’s only right that they managed to squeeze in a theory test centre for all of the local learners! If you’re considering heading here to sit your theory test, our guide is exactly what you need to set yourself up for a successful day!

Our Northampton theory test centre guide covers everything from pass rates to local amenities that you can enjoy while you’re in town. Armed with this information, you’ll be off to the best possible start on your journey from learner to qualified driver. So, let’s get stuck in!


Charles House 61-69 Derngate Northampton Northamptonshire NN1 1UE

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Northampton Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Learners lacking the option of catching a lift to their test from a friend or family member will be pleased to learn that this test centre is fairly centrally located. At just a 15-minute walk from Northampton train station, it’s ideal for those travelling into town by rail.

Then again, a bus could get you even closer! Get off at the Derngate bus stop and you’ll only need to be on your feet for around 2 minutes before you find the test centre entrance.

Want to learn more about public transport in Northampton? The Northamptonshire County Council website should be able to meet all of your needs.

By car

Getting a lift to your test appointment instead? Jot down the postcode, NN1 1UE, so that whoever’s driving can access directions.

Keep in mind that the DVSA are big fans of punctuality. If you show up to your test appointment late, it may not go ahead. We, therefore, recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre in case you run into any traffic along the way.


Planning on parking the car while you sit your theory test? Not a problem. Make sure that the driver is aware that there is no parking available at the test centre itself. You can, however, point them in the direction of a couple of affordable options nearby.

The most convenient solution will probably be the Hazelwood car park (NN1 1LG) which is 2 minutes away. Here you can park for 2 hours for only £2. Failing that, they could also try the Albion Place car park (NN1 1UD). It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre and charges a very reasonable £2 for 2 hours of parking.

Pass Rates by Year

As you can probably tell from a quick glance over the statistics from the past few years, the pass rate at this test centre doesn’t seem to be heading in the right direction. They remained stable for a few years and then dropped below the national average in 2018/19.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
47.7% 47.7% 47.7% 45.9% 46.2%  53.9% 50.6% 

You shouldn’t see this as a reason not to select this test centre, though! These figures are for the DVSA to worry about and have very little impact on individual learners. As long as you put in enough revision for the theory test, there’s no reason you can’t earn a first-time pass!

Guides and Tips

Sadly, the theory test isn’t something you can pass by luck or fluke. It’s a formal test that requires a fairly significant amount of preparation. Make sure you know what is expected of you on the day and study the relevant material until you can confidently answer questions on it.

Looking for some revision help? Check out the list of resources below to discover some really useful hints, tips and study guides!

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Nearby Theory Test Centres


If you don’t live in the same location as the theory test centre you’re planning to visit, you have the option of spending the night in a local hotel before your test day. This just cuts out any unnecessary travel stress on your big day! Check out some of the hotel options in Northampton below.

Travelodge Northampton Central ★★☆☆☆

It doesn’t get much handier than this: cheap, cheerful and just a 6-minute walk from the test centre! Yes, Northampton’s local Travelodge branch is just around the corner from where you’ll be answering the driving questions. Despite the low price tag you will still be treated to a Sleepeezee bed, private shower and Freeview TV.

Ibis Northampton Centre ★★★☆☆

Another convenient option sits just 10-minutes away. This ibis hotel offers a great range of amenities including free WiFi, a power shower, on-site parking and a 24hr cafe. In other words, you have everything you need for a comfortable short stay without ever having to leave the vicinity—just remember to make it to your test in time!

Park Inn by Radisson, Northampton Town Centre ★★★★☆

The closest hotel option to the theory test centre is also the fanciest. You can find the Park Inn by Radisson just 10-minutes from the test centre. Along with the usual clean and comfortable sleeping arrangements, extra perks include free WiFi, 24 hour room service and free access to the on-site gym. You’ll never want to leave!

Places to Celebrate

If you don’t have anywhere to be after your test appointment, you could always take some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Northampton. Start with food and drink by popping to one or more of the local establishments we’ve listed below!

The Market Tavern

The Market Tavern, just 7-minutes’ walk from the test centre, is a great place to start your celebrations. It’s a delightful bar and kitchen serving up delicious, hearty food in a friendly, laid-back setting. If you visit on a Friday, be sure to check out their bargainous drinks deals too!

The King Billy Rock Bar

Rock’n’roll fans visiting Northampton need look no further than The King Billy Rock bar. This fun and friendly rock-themed pub promises a great time, whether you’re looking to dance your socks off or enjoy a nice cold one before catching the train. If you’re lucky, you might even get to check out the talents of some local bands!

What Happens Next?

That just about does it for our guide to the Northampton theory test centre. No matter where you’re from in Northamptonshire, this centre is easily accessible by public transport and car. The large town also boasts a range of local amenities that give you the option of making a day of it when you visit Northampton to sit your theory test.

If you don’t manage to pass your theory test on the first go, it’s simply a case of booking yourself a new one and revising the material thoroughly. Whatever you do, don’t give up!

Once you do manage to pass the theory test, it’s time to get started working towards the practical test! That means finding an instructor, organising lessons and booking yourself a test appointment. Friendly reminder: PassMeFast can organise all 3 for you! We’ll even fast-track your test, allowing you to beat usually DVSA wait times! If you’re from Northampton you’ll be pleased to learn that there is a practical test centre in your backyard. You also have the options of nearby Kettering and Wellingborough.

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