Welcome to PassMeFast’s comprehensive guide to the Taunton theory test centre. We mean it—we’re going to cover everything you need to know about this place in order to have a successful test day!
Taunton is situated in the southwestern section of Somerset, and thus is highly convenient for learners living in and around this area. Keep reading to discover a range of useful details like pass rates, amenities, parking and more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
2-3 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
As you can’t drive yet, chances are you’re going to be taking some form of public transport to the theory test centre. Unless you live just down the road (in which case you can probably walk), your transport options will be train or bus.
From Taunton train station, located on Kingston Road, it’s going to take you around 19 minutes to walk to your test appointment. As is often the case, taking the bus could get you a little closer to the test centre entrance. Disembark at the Old Hospital bus stop, and you need only take a 2-minute stroll to get to your destination. Simple!
Want to know more about transport options in Taunton? Go to the Getting Around Taunton section of the Travel Somerset website.
Of course, if you know someone who does have a licence, you could always ask them to take you to your theory test. If this proves successful, let them know that the postcode they’re heading to is TA1 3FA. Tap that information into a sat nav and hit the road!
The road where the test centre is located sits just off the E Reach section of the A38, so it’s likely the directions will lead you here. Once you’re on Victoria Street, look for a large, yellow brick building with a blue entrance signposted Victoria House.
What we should warn you is that the theory test centre does not provide any onsite parking for visitors. So, if the person driving you to your test needs to leave their car in the area for a couple of hours, they’ll need to find a nearby car park. We did sell this as a comprehensive guide, though, so we’re done the necessary research for you. You’re welcome.
The closest option is going to be Victoria Gate car park (TA1 3HZ). It’s a 5-minute walk from the test centre and charges £2.40 for 2 hours of parking. If, for whatever reason, that doesn’t work for you, there’s the backup option of Duke Street car park (TA1 1SP). This one will be a 14-minute walk from the test centre and charges a slightly more pricey £2.60 for 2 hours of parking.
We’re no strangers to pass rates here at PassMeFast and let us tell you, it is very rare to see pass rates go up between 2017/18 and 2018/19! Plus, all of the pass rates (even the most recent, where it takes a bit of a dip) below sit above the national average. While this is no doubt a positive sign, don’t put too much weight on it.
Keep in mind that the theory test is basically the same wherever you take it. The only way to ensure a good result is to put the work in and study hard for it. Boring but true!
The thing some learners don’t like to hear is that the theory test does require you to do some revision. In fact, if you really want to be in with a chance of passing first time, we recommend you take this test seriously and devise a solid revision plan.
The good news is that you don’t have to do this without help. There are plenty of resources out there that will make studying for the theory test a doddle. We’ve even included some in the list below. Good luck!
If you don’t live in Taunton but you want to take your theory test here, you could always stay in a local hotel the night before. Doing this means you can avoid any potential travel stress on the big day. Check out these hotels that are near the test centre:
An 18-minute stroll across town you can find this simple but stylish hotel. The Royal Ashton is ideally located 5 minutes from the train station and boasts 37 rooms that are perfect for a short stay. The WiFi is complementary, all rooms are ensuite and you can find tea and coffee making facilities right next to your bed.
The Corner House is a beautiful, contemporary hotel located a 2-minute walk from Taunton theory test centre. Rooms are kitted out with high quality bedding, complimentary toiletries and a flat screen Freeview TV. There’s also an onsite restaurant, The Retreat, where you can fuel up for your test!
To treat yourself to a really special stay in Taunton, we recommend booking a room at The Castle Hotel. This exquisite building is home to one of the most distinguished 4 star hotels in the UK. And you can see why! It has a history dating back over 1000 years, and highlights include a stunning 12th century rose garden. Rooms are finished to an incredibly high standard and each one is decorated in an individual style. On top of all this, it’s only a 14-minute walk from the test centre!
Theory test complete? That doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to Taunton just yet. Why not check out some local establishments, like the ones we’ve listed below.
The Plough Inn is a great place to pop in for a drink on the way back to Taunton train station. It’s a large, well-stocked bar that’s very popular with locals and visitors alike. Stick to just a drink or treat yourself to a warm meal from their tasty menu. If you show up on the right day and stick around long enough, you might even get to partake in the weekly quiz!
This lively branch of the chain bar is a top choice if you’re craving a nice cocktail or glass of wine in a stylish setting. There’s also a very tempting food menu available, just in case all that thinking has made you peckish! You can find this bar a 14-minute walk from the test centre.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more sophisticated, make your way to Brazz, which is a 15-minute walk from where your test was conducted. This is a cafe, bar and restaurant that sources a lot of its food and drink from the West Country area. We really recommend getting some food to accompany your drink here, because the cooking is incredible.
There’s the lowdown on the Taunton theory test centre! We hope you found our guide very useful and now have a clear opinion on whether or not you want to sit your theory test here. The transport links and local amenities certainly make it an attractive choice!
Once the theory test is done and dusted, learner drivers move on to the practical side of things. We recommend getting your practical test booked well in advance, as wait times can be fairly long. If you’re from Taunton you’ll be pleased to learn that there is a practical test centre right in your backyard!
For those of you still struggling to pass the theory test, we urge you not to give up! Plenty of learners fail on the first attempt and it’s simply a case of persevering and studying the relevant material. Work out where you went wrong and book another test!
Whatever stage you’re at in your driving journey, PassMeFast can help you go from learner to qualified driver as quickly as possible. Our experienced, friendly team will set you up on a course, find you a suitable instructor and book all necessary tests. All you have to do is get behind the wheel and drive!
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