Leeds Theory Test Centre

The Leeds theory test centre is about as centrally located as you can get. Nestled between the civic buildings along The Headrow, this is an ideal place to take your test if you hail from West Yorkshire. For advice on everything from pass rates to transport links, read on!


Address

1st Floor, Gallery House The Headrow Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 5RD

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

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

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Arriving at Leeds Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Given its city centre location, it’s no surprise that Leeds theory test centre has great transport links. It’s a very quick 7-minute walk from Leeds train station and a 12-minute walk from Leeds Coach Station.

If buses are more your thing, you’re in luck! The theory test centre is actually on one of the busiest streets in the city—The Headrow. That means buses aren’t exactly in short supply. In fact, most bus routes in the area include this street at some point on their rounds. There’s a bus stop (labelled The Headrow) literally metres from Gallery House, where the Pearson centre is located. If you’re coming from the other direction, you can also disembark at the South Parade bus stop. From here it will be a 2-minute walk to the test centre.

For more information on transport times and routes, consult the Leeds City Council website.

By car

Planning to get there by car? Tap LS1 5RD into your trusty satnav and hit the road. Most routes will have you finishing on The Headrow. As this is right in the centre of Leeds, we’d advise avoiding this journey during rush hour. If you don’t have much of a choice, leave yourself plenty of extra time to make up for the traffic!

Parking

The theory test centre itself does not provide on site parking, but you’re in a major city so there are plenty of other options. Don’t expect them to be cheap, though! In terms of convenience, we’d go for The Light car park, which charges £6 for 2 hours and is a 4-minute walk from where you’ll be taking the test. With 402 spaces available you’ll be extremely unlucky not to get a spot. Your next best option is Albion Street, which again charges £6 for 2 hours and is a 4-minute walk away.

Pass Rates by Year

Though the Leeds theory test centre pass rate has been on a bit of a downward slope, its current figures sit only slightly below the national average. It’s also important to remember that pass rates don’t really mean anything for learner drivers. After all, no matter where you go, you’ll be sitting the same test!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.7% 48.7% 48.3% 46.0% 45.4%

Guides and Tips

Eager to pass the theory test and move on to the next stage in your driving journey? You’ll need to take it seriously. This test requires plenty of studying and revision if you want to be successful first time. It’s definitely worth checking out some study aids that can help you to feel test ready. Here are some we’ve found to be effective:

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Bradford
Cropped Google Map with pin over Bradford theory test centre

1st Floor
Caspian House
61 East Parade
Bradford
BD1 5EP

8.1 miles away

By rail: Bradford Forster Square

2017/18 pass rate: 41.8%

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Harrogate
Cropped Google Map with pin over Harrogate theory test centre

1st Floor
Strayside House
27 West Park
Harrogate
HG1 1BJ

13.1 miles away

By rail: Harrogate

2017/18 pass rate: 54.4%

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Hotels

To get the best out of your brain on the day of the theory test, we highly recommend getting a solid night of sleep the night before. Now, if you’re not from Leeds and have a big journey ahead of you, this might not be possible. You can avoid a stressful early start by booking yourself into a hotel near the test centre the night before. In this bustling city, there are rooms to suit everyone—no matter your budget! Check out some great options, below:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds★★★★☆

A hop, skip and a jump across the road (remember to wait for the green man!) from the theory test centre, you’ll find the ideally-located Radisson Blu hotel. With great weeknight deals and top notch facilities, it’s a perfect choice for anyone making a flying visit to the city. It’s situated right in the middle of a shopping and entertainment complex, so bars, restaurants and plenty of fun are right on your doorstep!

Dakota Deluxe Leeds★★★★☆

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, the Dakota Deluxe is sure to deliver. Modern furnishings, luxury amenities and excellent service await you at this stylish downtown hotel. Sit back and relax with a drink in the swanky bar while soaking up the atmosphere, or retire to your room and make the most of your exquisite surroundings. Either way, you’re sure to have a night to remember.

Travelodge Leeds Central★★★☆☆

If you’d rather save the pennies and go budget, you can’t go wrong with a Travelodge. The Leeds central location is clean, comfortable and convenient. It might not come with luxury trimmings, but it certainly does the job if you’re looking for a good night’s sleep.

Places to Celebrate

Aced the test and ready to raise a glass to yourself? Well, you’re certainly in the right place! Leeds is a great city in which to let your hair down, so be sure to sample some of the local delights before you make your way home. Here are a few of our top picks:

Beer Hawk Leeds

Enjoy beer, chicken and burgers? This place is for you! (There's even a few vegan options for the non-meat lovers.) The celebratory atmosphere here is pretty unbeatable, so it’s a perfect place to drink to your own success. Stake out a bench, grab a pint and enjoy! 

Thewlis Cocktail Lounge

For something a little more sophisticated, why not try out the Thewlis Cocktail Lounge? Named after the famous Leeds-born architect, this classy joint has an enormous drinks menu and plenty of ‘mixologists’ on hand to help you select the perfect tipple. The décor won’t disappoint, either. With a floor to ceiling library-style bar complete with ladders to provide the employees with easy access to every drink imaginable, you’ll need to sit down to take it all in!

Town Hall Tavern

The Town Hall Tavern is a delightfully laidback gastropub serving up fine ale and delicious food in a friendly, comfortable setting. Their food is locally sourced and sure to tickle your tastebuds. Did we mention it’s a 3-minute walk from the theory test centre? What are you waiting for?!

What Happens Next?

As the only West Yorkshire theory test centre located in a major city, Leeds is a popular choice among locals and visitors alike. If you do take your test here, you’ll certainly benefit from great transport links and plenty of places to eat, sleep and drink!

Passed the theory test and ready for the next stage? It’s time to look to the practical test. Head over to the online booking system and get yourself a driving test slot. To do this you will need to have your theory test pass certificate number to hand. People who are based in the Leeds area usually take their practical test at Leeds or Horsforth.

If you weren’t lucky enough to pass your theory test this time, you should book yourself another test while the knowledge is still fresh in your mind! The DVSA requires that you leave a gap of 3 working days between theory tests, but, apart from that, it’s easy enough to get a new appointment. Don’t be disheartened—at least now you know exactly what to expect!

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