Lowestoft Theory Test Centre

Right at the northeastern corner of Suffolk sits the coastal town of Lowestoft. If you fancy a sea view with your theory test, this could be the location for you! It’s not all seagulls and sand, though—the theory test is a somewhat serious affair. A quick read of our guide will tell you exactly what you need to know.

We’re going to cover everything from public transport options to the local amenities. Let’s get started!


Address

2nd Floor, Waveney Chambers 3-7 Waveney Road Lowestoft Suffolk NR32 1BN

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.

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Arriving at Lowestoft Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Good news for anyone getting to their theory test by public transport! It couldn’t be easier in Lowestoft. That’s because the test centre sits right around the corner from Lowestoft train station. Seriously, one you get off the train it should only take you about 2 minutes to walk to your test appointment. Easy-peasy!

If you can believe it, bus devotees will have an even easier time travelling to the test centre. There’s only a bus stop right outside the entrance! Make your way to Waveney Chambers bus stop and you’ll be laughing.

For more information on the public transport serving Lowestoft, check out the Love Lowestoft website.

By car

Then again, maybe you don’t have to contemplate public transport options because someone is nice enough to drive you to your test. Make life easier for everyone by noting down that the postcode of your destination is NR32 1BN. This way you can always turn to a sat nav to help you out!

The test centre is located within a building called Waveney Chambers, which should be very easy to spot. It’s on a main road (the A47) facing the sea and is a white building with blue signage across the top. Your theory test will be held on the 2nd floor.

Parking

The test centre might not provide any parking, but you do have a great option nearby. What makes it great? It’s free! Yep—make your way to the Britten Centre car park (NR32 1LJ) and you can get 2 hours of parking completely free of charge. Another upside is that it’s only a 6-minute walk from the theory test centre!

Pass Rates by Year

These pass rates may not fill you with confidence, but we’d urge learners not to use this against the test centre. Pass rates are simply a reflection of how previous learners fared here—they have nothing to do with how easy or hard the test is at Lowestoft. After all, the theory test is the same wherever you take it!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
46.1% 45.1% 44.2% 43.2% 44.6%

Guides and Tips

Repeat after us: thou must revise for the theory test! Seriously, guys, don’t skip this part. If you don’t prepare or study for the theory test you are very unlikely to pass. Taking multiple tests is a waste of time and money, so why take the risk?

Save yourself some stress and hassle by sitting down and revising the material until it really sinks in. You can track your progress by taking mock multiple choice and hazard perception tests. We’ve listed a few guides and tips that can help you ace your theory test below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Saxmundham
Cropped Google Map with pin over Saxmundham theory test centre

The Fromus Centre
Seamus Avenue
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 1DZ

21.3 miles away

By rail: Saxmundham

2018/19 pass rate: 52.8%

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Norwich
Cropped Google Map with pin over Norwich theory test centre

1st Floor, 11 Prince of Wales Road
Norwich
NR1 1BD

21.8 miles away

By rail: Norwich

2018/19 pass rate: 52.6%

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Hotels

Learners not local to the Lowestoft area can avoid a lot of test day stress by booking into a local hotel the night before. Here are some options you might consider:

Baytree House B&B ★★☆☆☆

This delightful little B&B is full of character and can be found a 25-minute walk (or 4-minute drive) from the theory test centre. Situated in a Victorian house that has been lovingly restored, Baytree House comes with plenty of elegant finishings like stripped floors, chandeliers and open fires. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and come with free WiFi. You’ll even be treated to complimentary homemade cakes on arrival!

Premier Inn Lowestoft Hotel ★★★☆☆

If you’d prefer to stay in a well-known chain, grab a taxi and in 7-8 minutes you can be at the Lowestoft Premier Inn. All rooms come with a comfortable bed, a choice of pillows, free WiFi and a power shower. What more could you need? Food? That’s sorted too—there’s a restaurant in the hotel.

Ivy House Country Hotel★★★☆☆

Fancy taking in the beauty of the Broads during your stay? Take a 10-minute drive to the Ivy House Country Hotel. It’s a stunning establishment nestled in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. There are only a few rooms available, so you might want to book in early. Each one is individually decorated to a very high standard and comes with high quality bedding, free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities.

Places to Celebrate

You’re in a lovely seaside town, so there’s no reason to rush off once the test is done and dusted! In the list below you’ll find a few local joints that we reckon are worth a visit.

The Joseph Conrad

If you’re really short for time and are catching the train home, this branch of Wetherspoons is perfectly located for you to grab a quick drink or bite to eat. It’s a 1-minute walk from the test centre, which means it’s also a 1-minute walk to the station! Inside is everything you’d expect from this chain: great drinks deals, decent pub grub and a lively atmosphere.

Iconic Style Bar

Head 5 minutes across the river and you’ll find this very quirky establishment that goes by the name of Iconic Style Bar. The decor is super modern, with white surfaces and mood lights that change colour as you take in the surroundings. They have an extensive range of drinks and some really delicious food plates on offer, so we doubt you’ll leave feeling hungry or thirsty. Pay it a visit if you fancy something a little different!

Fishermans Wharf

Just 4 minutes over the river you’ll also stumble upon this excellent pub and restaurant that sits right on the waterfront. Along with great views you can expect welcoming and friendly staff, plenty of great tipples and some high quality food. The perfect place to round off a trip to the seaside!

What Happens Next?

We hope this extensive guide has helped you make your mind up about the Lowestoft theory test centre. It's pretty, coastal location makes it a great choice if you fancy using your theory test as an excuse for a day trip!

Theory test pass certificate in the bag? Woohoo! Now you can get behind the wheel and start learning the ropes for real. This can be a bit daunting at first, but with the supervision of a DVSA-approved instructor, your skills should progress nicely. Make sure you get a practical test booked in nice and early, as the wait times for these can be quite significant. If you’re from this neck of the woods, your nearest test centre will be Lowestoft (Mobbs Way).

It’s not the end of the world if you don’t manage to pass your theory test on the first attempt. Statistics show that most learners actually don’t achieve this accolade. The usual culprit is either a lack of revision or test day nerves. Stay positive, book another test as soon as possible and study the areas where you missed out on points.

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