Nottingham Theory Test Centre

Welcome to PassMeFast’s complete guide to the Nottingham theory test centre! It’s 1 of only 2 options in the county of Nottinghamshire, and boasts a great city centre location and high pass rates.

Before you rush off to book your theory test, make sure you take note of the information we’ve included below. We cover everything you need to be aware of for the big day (like directions and contact details) and even offer some tips on the best local amenities to enjoy!


Address

Chiltern House, Castle Gate Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG1 7AR

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 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 Nottingham Theory Test Centre

By public transport

First, a little heads up: the street address for this place might confuse you, but that’s only because the entrance to this centre is situated in a courtyard just off the main street. As soon as you see the opening (check it out the pictures above) the sign for Chiltern House should be clear.

But how to get there in the first place? Well, if you’re taking public transport, your best options are train or bus. From Nottingham train station it should take you around 8 minutes to walk to the test centre. If even that seems like too much walking, get on a bus and hop off at either the Maid Marian Way or St Nicholas’ Church stop. From each of these it should only take you around 2 minutes to walk to the test centre.

For more detailed information on the public transport links in Nottingham, have a browse of the Robin Hood Network website.

By car

If someone’s nice enough to offer to drive you to your theory test, get them to enter NG1 7AR into a sat nav and the rest should be a doddle. As Nottingham is a fairly busy city, we do recommend giving yourself plenty of extra time to get to the test centre, as traffic may cause delays.

From the Maid Marian Way, you can reach the test centre by turning on to Castle Gate road. Keep an eye out for the courtyard entrance or any signs for Chiltern House.

Parking

If driving to the test centre, finding your destination isn’t the only challenge you face—getting a parking space is a task in itself. You see, theory test centres very rarely provide on-site parking, and Nottingham is no different. There are plenty of options in the surrounding area, but you will have to part with a bit of cash.

The closest car park is Spaniel Row (NG1 6AJ), which is only a 2-minute walk away and charges £4 for 2 hours of parking. The issue that you might run into with this one is that there are only 17 spaces available—so you’ll be lucky to snag one!

If you’d rather just head to a big car park, the Arndale Centre (NG1 6AG) is a sound choice. The good news is there a 412 spaces available; the bad news is you will be charged £5 for 2 hours of parking. The choice is yours!

Pass Rates by Year

Well, well, well, things aren’t looking too shabby on the pass rate front for the Nottingham theory test centre. Their numbers are consistently strong and above average.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.7% 49.7% 50.6% 48.1% 47.4%

Let’s not get carried away, though—this doesn’t mean you’re more likely to pass here. No, sadly, that’s down to you and how much work you put into preparing for the theory test. Best get your head down!

Guides and Tips

Nobody really loves studying, but in order to pass your theory test first time it is kind of necessary to revise the relevant material. The highway code, mock tests, road sign recognition—they’re all important if you want to get your hands on that pass certificate.

For a bit of extra help in the revision process, check out some of the handy resources we’ve listed below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Mansfield
Cropped Google Map with pin over Mansfield theory test centre

32-34 Rosemary Street
Mansfield
NG18 1QL

13.6 miles away

By rail: Mansfield

2017/18 pass rate: 45.7%

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Leicester
Cropped Google Map with pin over Leicester theory test centre

3rd Floor
Rutland Centre
56 Halford Street
Leicester
LE1 1TQ

21.9 miles away

By rail: Leicester

2017/18 pass rate: 43.7%

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Hotels

If you’re travelling to Nottingham from out of town and want to ensure that test day goes as smoothly as possible, you should consider staying in a local hotel the night before. There are plenty of great options in this buzzing city. Here a three that suit various budgets:

Travelodge Nottingham Central ★★☆☆☆

Cheap, cheerful and does what it says on the tin. Don’t expect anything fancy, but, for a short stay, a Travelodge is often all you need. Bed, desk, refreshments, friendly staff—you’ll get them all! Plus, this one is just around the corner from the test centre!

The Britannia Nottingham Hotel ★★★☆☆

If you’re willing to splash a bit more cash, the Britannia is another great option in close range of the test centre. From this hotel it takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the test centre, so you can’t really beat it in terms of convenience. The rooms aren’t too bad, either—you’ll be treated to free WiFi, a comfortable bed and the option of a delicious buffet breakfast in the restaurant downstairs.

Radisson Park Plaza Nottingham ★★★★☆

More of a 4 star kind of guy/gal? Not a problem. Swan on over to the Park Plaza Nottingham. This place really pushes the boat out: Sky TV, luxury amenities and an award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant to dazzle your tastebuds. You’ll be entertained, well-fed and ready for a great night’s sleep!

Places to Celebrate

Once the test is over, no need to rush off home—Nottingham is a great city worth exploring. No matter the result of your test, we reckon you deserve and few refreshments at this point! Check out some enticing local establishments below.

Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Enjoy real ale and a bit (or a lot) of rock’n’roll? This place is for you! Just around the corner from the test centre, Ye Olde Salutation Inn is a lovely 15th century public house that now serves its fine drinks with a side of rock music. Show up at the right time and you might get to enjoy some live bands!

Gincident

We probably don’t have to spell it out for you, but we’re going to anyway: this place specialises in gin! Whether you enjoy it straight up, mixed into a cocktail, or with just a splash of tonic, gin lovers will not be disappointed with this place. They also put on deals throughout the week, so do a bit of research and you could save some pennies without missing out on the fun!

Pepper Rocks

With three floors, a terrace and its very own creperie, Pepper Rocks has plenty of cool spaces in which you can kick back and enjoy a drink or two. The decor is funky and tropical, the staff are masters at mixing cocktails and the locals are always up for a good time!

What Happens Next?

Nottingham theory test centre has plenty of advantages—high pass rates, reasonable wait times and a range of great local amenities. It’s a great option for anyone hailing from the Nottinghamshire area, or even those from parts of nearby Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

If test day was successful and you’re ready to move on, it’s time to book the practical test! Those from Nottingham will find that Colwick or Chilwell are their nearest options. It’s a good idea to nab yourself a test slot early, as wait times can be fairly long.

Still struggling to pass the theory test? Try not to lose hope or get worked up about it. Spend some time focusing on the areas that you failed on and book another test as soon as possible. The DVSA only requires that you leave a gap of at least 3 working days between tests.

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