The medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon is home to England’s most famous playwright and Warwickshire’s only theory test centre. Given PassMeFast’s penchant for driving, you can guess which one we’ll be focusing on in this guide!
We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to arm learner drivers with all of the information they need to know to have a successful test day in Stratford. Inside you’ll find useful details like pass rates, wait times and parking options. There’s even some added tips to help you make your visit extra special!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
To train or to bus? That is the question. Or, at least, that might be the question if no one is willing to drive you to your theory test! Luckily, Stratford-upon-Avon is easily accessible by public transport.
If you decide to head into town via rail, it should only take you around 13 minutes to walk from Stratford-upon-Avon train station to the test centre. A bus can get you even closer. Get off at the Mop bus stop on Guild Street and you’ll find yourself right outside the test centre entrance—couldn’t be easier!
For further details on the transport links in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, go to the Visit Stratford-upon-Avon website.
Perhaps you don’t need to navigate public transport because you’re catching a lift to your theory test. In that case, whack CV37 6RP into a sat nav and hit the road! Hopefully the technology can do all of the hard work for you.
If you do get a little lost, however, note that the test centre is in a large, brick building with a green door. This is only made slightly confusing by the fact that it also sits opposite a large, brick building with a green door! Once you locate these, look even closer for a blue and white sign labelled ‘Pearson’. This is your destination.
Sadly, the theory test centre does not provide any parking. Thankfully, though, you do have a few options in the surrounding area. The closest is the Red Lion car park (CV37 6YW) which charges £3 for 2 hours of parking. It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre, so very convenient if time is of the essence!
To shave a quid off your parking costs you could head to the Bridgeway car park (CV37 6YX), which is still only 6 minutes away. It also boasts more spaces, so you have a better chance of finding a free parking spot here. The math whizzes among you will already have worked out that it costs £2 to park for 2 hours here.
Don’t be put off by the fact that the pass rates at Stratford-upon-Avon are a bit up and down. Such fluctuations are perfectly normal when it comes to pass rates. Not to mention, 52.1% is still a good few points above the national average!
Don’t give these figures too much weight, though. They don’t really have any bearing on how individual learners are likely to fare here.
What does have a very significant bearing on how well you are likely to do on the theory test is how much preparation you do. Treat this exam like any other—research, study and revise the relevant material. The theory test is often not as straightforward as many learners expect!
Not sure where to begin? Check out the resources in the list below for some top notch help on the theory test.
If you’re travelling into Stratford-upon-Avon from out of town to sit your theory test here, you might consider staying in a local hotel the night before. This should ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and avoid any travel hassle in the morning! Here are a few options in the local area:
The most convenient option has to be this branch of Premier Inn, which sits just 3 minutes around the corner from the test centre. There’ll be no excuses for being late to your test if you sleep here! Each room comes with free WiFi, air con and a comfortable Hypnos bed. Ideal for a short stay!
6 minutes down the road and just opposite The Swan theatre, you’ll find this charming waterside boutique hotel. There are only 45 rooms available, so you might want to book early. If you’re lucky enough to find an availability that fits in with your test appointment, you sure have a treat in store! Rooms are beautifully decorated and come with the finest selection of facilities and amenities.
For a slightly more quirky (but no less stunning) accommodation option, check out Hotel Indigo. It’s another boutique offering, this time just a 5-minute walk from the test centre. Parts of the building date back to the 16th century and each room is individually decorated with a stylish, contemporary twist on this underlying historical theme. Expect spa-inspired bathrooms, luxury Egyptian cotton and gorgeous furnishings. Bliss!
Fancy sticking around in Stratford once your theory test has wrapped up? We don’t blame you! This is a lovely town to explore. If food and drink are on the menu, be sure to check out one of the following places…
Stratford has no shortage of great pubs, but you may as well start with the oldest one in town! The Old Thatch Tavern dates all the way back to 1470 and sits just 300 yards from Shakespeare’s birthplace. While you’re taking in all of that history, you could also consume some of the delicious home-cooked food or top notch ales that are on offer here! The best news is that it’s just a 5-minute walk from the test centre.
Not willing to travel far for your refreshments? Better make it a trip to The One Elm, then, as it’s just 3 minutes down the street from the test centre. This recently refurbished pub is a delightful establishment in which to decompress and enjoy a pint. It has an open, airy feel whilst still retaining all the great features of a traditional watering hole. Grab a chair by the open fire or slide into a booth to enjoy some tasty food.
Just 7 minutes down the road and across the river you’ll stumble upon yet another belting English pub. The Bear sits on the banks of the river Avon, so you can expect some great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They offer a simple but very well executed menu of pub food, along with a rotating selection of 8 real ales. There’s also an extensive wine list for those who prefer grape over grain!
And that concludes the full lowdown on the Stratford-upon-Avon theory test centre! With above-average pass rates and a fairly short wait time for test appointments, it’s a great choice for learner drivers in travelling distance of the town. In fact, it’s such a lovely place that you might want to book your theory test here just to have an excuse to visit.
When you pass your theory test it’s time to really buckle down and focus on earning that licence. Use the number on your pass certificate to book yourself a practical test and get out on the road to practice your driving. If you’re based in Stratford, your nearest practical test centre will be in Warwick.
If you don’t manage to pass your theory test on the first attempt, it’s a good idea to keep working at it and try to get your hands on a pass certificate as soon as possible. Book yourself a new test and revise until you have a really strong understanding of the relevant material. Don’t forget to hone your hazard perceptions skills too!
PassMeFast is here to help, no matter what stage you’re at in your driving journey. We offer a range of courses to suit both complete beginners and experienced drivers. Our team will set you up with a DVSA-approved, local instructor and fast-track all of your tests so that you can get on the road as quickly as possible. Give us a ring today on 0333 123 4949 to find out more.
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