Thinking of taking your theory test in Birmingham? We’re not surprised—this is one of the most central and accessible cities in the UK. Good transport links and a wealth of local amenities means it’s the chosen destination for people all over the West Midlands.
Before you book your test here, though, make sure you’re making an informed decision. We’ve put together this handy guide, which includes everything you need to know—from pass rates to directions (and more!)
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By public transport
If you’re planning to travel to Birmingham theory test centre by public transport, you certainly have plenty of options. You can navigate this vast city by train, bus and tram.
Let’s kick things off with the trains. There are two railway stations in close proximity to the theory test centre: Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill. They are a nifty 7 and 10-minute walk from the test centre, respectively.
If even that sounds like a bit too much work for the old legs, you’re best off hopping on a bus. Depending on your direction of approach, get off at either the Old Square bus stop or Ryder Street bus stop. Both are only a couple of minutes away (on foot) from where you’ll be taking the test.
Last, but certainly not least, you could tram it! Yes the light rail option can take you to a spot that’s only 4 minutes from your final destination. Just keep an eye out for the Bull Street stop, as this is where you’ll need to disembark.
More information on Birmingham’s large transport network can be found at the travel section of the Birmingham City Council website.
Those who don’t wish to ‘slum it’ on public transport could always catch a lift to the test centre. Just get your taxi driver or friend/family member to stick B4 7NJ into a satnav and follow the directions. Dale End street (where the centre is located) is just off the James Watt Queensway.
Now, we know you’re not a qualified driver yet, but you’ve probably figured out that navigating such a big city by car is unlikely to be a smooth and enjoyable experience. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there. The theory test centre is right in the heart of the city, so traffic is likely to cause some delays.
True to form, this theory test centre does not provide parking spaces. There are some options nearby but, we’re not going to lie, the most convenient one will see your wallet take a bit of a beating…
There is a large car park just across the street from the test centre. Before you get excited, though, prepare yourself for the fact that it’ll cost you £7.80 for 2 hours of parking. Gulp! If you are feeling flush, you’re looking for the Birmingham Londonderry House Car park (B4 7LX).
Not keen on the idea of parting with all that dough? Not to worry. Just 5 minutes away there is the High Street car park (B4 7LN). Drop the car off here and you’ll be charged a much more reasonable £2.60 for 2 hours.
We’re not going to lie, the pass rates here have never looked that strong and they have been declining steadily for the past few years.
Don’t write the Birmingham theory test centre off just yet, though! The test is going to be the same wherever you take it. Pass rates are really there to give the DVSA a big picture view of regional differences. Whether you pass or fail on the big day is down to how prepared you personally are for the test.
Ready to prove that pass rates don’t mean a thing? Great! Get your books out and start studying the relevant material. We’re talking traffic signs, potential hazards and road rules. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are ways you can make revision more enjoyable and effective. Try some practice tests online or have a go at our Sorted game. We’ve also listed some other handy resources below.
Don’t spend the morning of your theory test sat in traffic or stressing about train delays—book yourself into a local hotel the night before! This might sound a bit extravagant, but trust us: it’s a great way to take the pressure off and ensure you have good night’s sleep. These hotels are all close to the theory test centre:
Cheap, cheerful and reliable—you know where you stand with a Travelodge. From this one it’s only a 5-minute walk to the theory test centre, making it both affordable and convenient. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, you’ll get a big comfy bed, your own TV and the option of a discounted parking spot at the nearest car park.
Looking for a slight upgrade from the basic options? Here you go! This Holiday Inn Express is located less than 10 minutes from where you’ll be taking your test and offers plenty of features that’ll help you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Along with a generous sized bed and free WiFi, this hotel also provides a rather exciting sounding ‘pillow menu’. Have fun sampling that!
If you think 4 star and above is the only way to go, walk your fancy pants over to the Clayton Hotel. Grand, modern and chic, this place is sure to make you feel like a VIP. Expect gorgeous decor, a luxurious monsoon shower and a range of high-end toiletries. Better yet, it’s only 5 minutes away from the test centre!
Whatever the outcome, be sure to end your theory test day on a high. While in town, why not sample some of the local delights? Below are a few spots that are definitely worth a visit.
To enjoy a swift pint in a lovely traditional pub, you don’t even have to stray far from the test centre. This Victorian hotel and ale house is only a couple of minutes down the road. The Crown provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink—perfect considering the day you’ve had!
If you take your drinks seriously and enjoy a bit of variety, this unique cocktail bar could be just the thing. With menus offering a huge range of cask ales, gins and cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The place also comes with its very own gin parlour—just pop upstairs to join in the fun!
For those enjoy their refreshments with a side of rock’n’roll, Scruffy Murphy’s is the place to be. Perhaps not ideal if you just want a quiet drink, but perfect for those looking to be entertained, this bar doubles up as a live music venue. Did we mention it’s only a couple of doors down from the test centre? Throw up your devil horns and head on in!
Birmingham theory test centre comes with all the conveniences of a city location—great transport links and a plethora of local amenities to enjoy. The only downsides are the inevitable traffic issues and some not so impressive pass rates. As long as you don’t take stats too seriously, this is a solid choice for anyone in the West Midlands area.
Once the theory test is over and done with, start planning for the final stage of your driving journey. We’re of course talking about the practical test. Get plenty of practice in and book your test as soon as possible to avoid a lengthy wait.
Birmingham locals have plenty of options when it comes to practical test centres: Birmingham (Cocks Moors Woods), Birmingham (Garretts Green), Birmingham (Kings Heath), Birmingham (Kingstanding), Birmingham (Shirley), Birmingham (South Yardley), Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield), Birmingham (The Pavilion). Try not to get overwhelmed; our linked guides should help you make an informed choice.
Still working on earning your theory certificate? Plenty of people don’t manage to pass first time, so it’s not a big deal. Book yourself a new test, leaving a gap of at least 3 working days, and put in some extra revision on the areas that you found difficult.
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