Driving Theory Test Centres in Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Newcastle upon Tyne theory test centre is an excellent choice for those who prefer to be right in the heart of a city. It benefits from being easily accessible by public transport and is close to lots of great amenities. This makes it a potential option for learners travelling from all over Tyne and Wear. 

Read on to learn more about the Newcastle theory test centre. We’ve included lots of useful information like pass rates, directing, parking options and more!


1st Floor, Collingwood House 3 Collingwood Street Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 1JW

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Newcastle upon Tyne Theory Test Centre

By public transport

As a (for the time being, anyway) non-driver, there’s a high chance you’ll be taking public transport to your theory test. If this is indeed the case, we have good news! This theory test centre is really simple to get to by train, bus and metro.

Those arriving at Newcastle train station need only walk 4 minutes down the road to reach their test. Not bad at all! Want to head there by bus instead? Go for it. Depending on the direction you’re coming from, hop off at either Grey Street or High Level Bridge North End bus stop. From both it will be a mere 2-minute walk to the test centre. Finally, those taking the metro should get off at the Central Station stop. After that, it’ll only take you 4 minutes on foot to get to your test.

For more information on the transport links serving this area, head to the Nexus website.

By car

If someone is giving you a lift to the test centre, make their life easier by sticking NE1 1JW into a sat nav and following the instructions. You’ll find that the theory test centre is right in the city centre, just off the A186.

Keep in mind that Newcastle is a busy city, so you might want to avoid test times that clash with rush hour. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there, to account for potential traffic or road closures.


The downside of arriving at your test by car is that the centre itself does not provide parking. As this is a big city, though, you’re sure to find some options nearby! In fact, we can recommend a couple of reasonable options.

The closest parking to the test centre can be found at Heywood’s Court car park (NE1 1EW), which is a 4-minute walk away and charges a reasonable £3.00 for 2 hours of parking. The problem is that there are only 8 spaces, so unless you’re arriving very early in the morning, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to nab one of them.

Your best bet, then, is to head to the Dean Street car park (NE1 1PG). There are 257 spaces to be filled and you’ll be charged £3.20 for 2 hours of parking. Oh, and it’s only 5 minutes away from the test centre! 

Pass Rates by Year

They may have taken a couple of dips in recent years, but the pass rates at this test centre are still a good couple of points above the national average. It’s also worth noting that learner drivers don’t really need to worry about pass rates. The test will be the same wherever you take it, so focus more on how to get yourself prepared to pass!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
51.7% 51.9% 51.9% 50.3% 49.4%

Guides and Tips

And now for the boring but very important part—studying! It’s very hard to pass the theory test if you don’t revise the material. And by very hard, we mean pretty much impossible. So, make sure you know exactly what to expect on the day and start polishing up your knowledge of road signs, developing hazards and the highway code.

Want some extra help? We’ve listed some really useful revision sources below. 

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Sunderland theory test centre

2nd Floor
Havelock Buildings
High Street West

10.1 miles away

By rail: Sunderland

2018/19 pass rate: 46.3%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Morpeth theory test centre

Unit 7
Telford Court
NE61 2DB

13.1 miles away

By rail: Morpeth

2018/19 pass rate: 50.0%

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If you’re not from Newcastle but plan to take your test here, you could save yourself some test day hassle by staying in a local hotel the night before. You’re not exactly short of options! Check out some options to suit a range of budgets below.

easyHotel Newcastle ★☆☆☆☆ 

This budget hotel provides exactly what the name suggests—an easy option for a short stay. It’s easy on your wallet and easy to get to. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the train station and a 5-minute walk from the test centre. Be prepared for a room that’s super simple, though, as you’ll only get a bed, desk and shower room.

Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle ★★★☆☆

A 2-minute walk around the corner from the test centre, you’ll find this stylish yet affordable hotel. Rooms are bright, airy and include a large bed, Freeview TV and your very own wet room with heated flooring. There’s also an on-site restaurant, should you get peckish during your stay!

Hotel Indigo ★★★★☆

This fabulous boutique hotel houses individually styled rooms, a Marco Pierre White restaurant and stunning views across the city. There’s even a craft ale brewed especially for the hotel! Inspired by Grainger Town’s culture, this place is definitely worth a visit if you fancy a splurge.

Places to Celebrate

When the test is over you might be in the mood for a swift drink or a leisurely meal—depending on how everything went! Either way, the city of Newcastle has you covered. Here are a few places we recommend:

Colonel Porter’s Emporium

For a delicious beverage or two in snazzy, unique surroundings, head over to this place, which you’ll find a 4-minute walk away. Named after the bloke who created Newcastle Brown Ale, this place offers a huge drinks menu that’s brimming with inventive cocktails and inventive treats and snacks.


Whether you’re in the mood for food or drink, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Barluga. It’s just around the corner from the test centre, so definitely worth at least popping your head in! Friendly staff and trendy decor make this place perfect for a post-test bevvie or 3 course meal. If the weather’s nice, you can even enjoy your refreshments outside in their lovely garden.

The Victoria Comet

If traditional pubs are more your thing, it’s got to be The Victoria Comet, which sits just opposite Newcastle train station. Real ales, pub grub and relaxed surroundings are all on offer here. Once inside, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with locals and tourists alike, as this is a very popular joint!

What Happens Next?

And there you have it—a complete guide to the Newcastle theory test centre. If the pass rate and central location weren’t enough to solidify your decision, surely the excellent local amenities will have you booking a test here ASAP!

Once you’ve passed the theory test, it’s straight on to the practical side of things. Find a driving school or instructor you like and get practising behind the wheel! We recommend booking your driving test nice and early, to avoid having long wait times delay your progress. If you really want to speed things up, consider booking a fast-track test. From the Newcastle area? Your nearest practical test centres are Elswick and Gosforth.

If we’re getting ahead of ourselves and you’re yet to pass your theory test, do not give up! Not everyone comes out successful after their first attempt. Book another test as soon as possible and put in some serious revision. It’ll be much easier the second time around, because you know exactly what to expect on test day now!

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