Bury St Edmunds (or simply ‘Bury’ to the locals) is a lovely market town located in western Suffolk. It’s famous for being the home of Silver Spoon sugar, but will your visit be a sweet one if you take your theory test here? Let’s find out!
Our complete guide to the Bury St Edmunds theory test centre is packed to the brim with all the information you need for test day. We cover public transport, parking options, pass rates, local amenities and more. Read on to get clued up!
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
Now, we know you can’t drive yourself to the test centre, so there’s a high chance that you’ll be looking to public transport to get you to the test centre. Taking either the train or bus will help you to do this fairly easily in this town.
From Bury St Edmunds train station it should take you just under 15 minutes to walk to the test centre. Just head south towards Bury St Edmunds Abbey. To reduce your walking time, we’d recommend getting a bus. Disembark at the Abbey Gardens bus stop and you need only be on your feet for another 3 minutes before reaching your final destination.
Want to know more about public transport in the Bury area? Have a browse of the Visit Bury St Edmunds site or the travel and transport section of the West Suffolk council website.
There is, of course, the possibility that you can get someone to drive you to your theory test. Make their journey easier by tapping IP33 1ET into a sat nav and following the directions given. As previously mentioned, the theory test centre is just up the road from Bury St Edmunds Abbey and its surrounding gardens. St Edmunds House, where the theory test centre is located, has a noticeable glass entrance that makes it stand out from the otherwise yellow brick building. Once you enter you need to head to the second floor for your appointment.
Unfortunately, the theory test centre does not provide any parking for visitors. If the person who drove you to your test needs to hang around in the local area and leave their vehicle, you’ll need to point them in the direction of a nearby car park.
The closest option is Lower Baxter Street car park (IP33 1ET). It’s only a 2-minute walk from the test centre and charges £2.20 for 2 hours of parking. You could also suggest Angel Hill car park (IP33 1UZ), which has slightly more spaces. You can get there in 3 minutes if you walk from the test centre, but it charges a slightly more expensive £3.50 for 2 hours of parking.
And now for all of you stats lovers, here’s the latest pass rates for the Bury St Edmunds theory test centre. This might not look great on the surface. What we would urge you to remember, though, is that these figures only show the bigger picture. As an individual learner, pass rates have pretty much no impact on your personal chance of earning the certificate. The test will be the same wherever you take it, so focus on revising instead.
The theory test is made up of two sections: multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test. You must earn a pass score on both sections to achieve an overall pass. So, you have quite a bit of preparation to do!
Brush up your knowledge of the Highway Code, master hazard perception and take a few mock tests to track your progress. Need some help with the studying? Take a look at the resources in the list below…
Fancy staying in a local hotel the night before your test? Some people do this to avoid any unnecessary stress on the day. Here are some nearby options:
First up, we have a cheap and cheerful option which is the local branch of Premier Inn. Take a pleasant walk through the church yard and Abbey gardens and you can get from here to the test centre in under 10 minutes! In your room you’ll find a very comfortable Hypnos bed, tea and coffee making facilities and your very own smart TV. They’ll even treat you to free WiFi throughout your stay!
Another 3-star hotel that’s also an 8-minute walk from the theory test centre is The Chantry. It’s located in a Grade 2 listed Georgean townhouse that dates all the way back to 1780. All rooms are tastefully decorated with a nod to the hotel’s historic origins. There’s also a charming lounge bar onsite and you can enjoy free WiFi. Those driving over will be particularly pleased to learn that the hotel provides a parking space for each room.
For a stay with convenience and class, you must book a room at The Angel Hotel. This 4-star establishment is only a 3-minute stroll from the theory test centre and is situated in a stunning, vine-covered building on Angel Hill. Rooms are furnished in an “eclectic and cosmopolitan chic” style. They’re kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a delightful stay, including luxury toiletries and the option of an evening turndown service.
While we don’t recommend it before the theory test, once you’ve been to your appointment, you can cut loose a bit and enjoy the sights and sounds of Bury St Edmunds. Here are some establishments you might want to check out:
Selling itself as a “traditional British pub with a modern twist”, this place is the ideal oasis for your tired, post-test self. The decor is modern and stylish, the food is tasty and moorish and the drinks selection is hard to beat. What’s even better is that it is practically next door to the theory test centre!
Take a 4-minute stroll around the corner from the test centre and you might stumble onto this place. The One Bull is part wine shop (Gusto Vino—where you can drink in) and pub that also dishes out some scrummy meals. Whether you’re going for grape, grain, or a soft drink, you’re sure to have a great time! Pull up a chair, grab a refreshment and relax.
Another nice spot that’s just around the corner from the theory test centre is Boosh Bar. This one’s more for those who prefer a stylish bar over a traditional pub. It boasts 2 different bars, both decorated in a unique but fabulous manner. Take you pick from freshly-made cocktails, classic bar drinks or a coffee and a slice of cake.
Well, there you have it! As long as you can ignore a few iffy pass rates (and you should), the Bury St Edmunds theory test centre is a good choice for anyone living in and around western Suffolk. Book in and boost their stats!
As soon as you get that theory test pass certificate in your hands your brain is probably racing onto the next step. That’s right—passing the theory test is just the beginning! Now things get really exciting as you put your knowledge to the test behind the wheel. Don’t wait until you’ve nearly completed your lessons before booking a practical test. These appointments get booked up months in advance, so it’s wise to secure yourself a date nice and early. The good news is there’s a practical test centre right in Bury St Edmunds, so you won’t have to travel far!
Still not passed the theory test? Stick at it! Earning that pass can be a little tricky. The key to success here is staying calm and revising all of the relevant material. Book another test and make sure you study hard until you feel confident in your theory test knowledge.
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