Welcome to our guide to the Salisbury theory test centre! That’s right—as well as being home to a beautiful cathedral, Salisbury also houses one of the two theory test centres located in the county of Wiltshire.
In order to set yourself up for a pass, have a read of everything you need to know for the big day. We cover everything, from directions and contact details, to pass rates and local amenities. Let’s get stuck in!
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
The first thing on your list is surely going to be how you get yourself to the test centre. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that most learners will be taking public transport, as they obviously do not have the option of driving themselves to the test!
If this is the case, you have a couple of options. Arriving by train is a solid choice. From Salisbury railway station you only need to make a 12-minute walk through town to reach the test centre.
On the other hand, if you want to practically cut out walking time altogether, you should get a bus. Depending on your direction of travel, hope off at either the Friends Provident or Archers Court bus stop—both are only a 1-minute stroll from the theory test centre!
To find out more about public transportation in Salisbury, go to the Wiltshire Council website.
Then again, maybe you’ve managed to persuade someone to give you a lift to your test, or you’re willing to pay for a taxi. Those hitting the road on 4 wheels to get to their test should take note of the postcode: SP1 3TB. Type this into a sat nav or your phone and follow the directions.
The theory test centre is situated on Castle Street, which is a main road in Salisbury. You’ll find it right next to the roundabout where this street meets Mill Stream Approach. Salisbury is a fairly busy city, so if your appointment is during rush hour, we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get to the centre, in case you run into traffic.
The first thing you should know is that the theory test centre does not provide parking for visitors. As a result, if the person taking you to your test plans to leave their car in the area for a while, they’ll need to look elsewhere for a spot. Thankfully, they won’t have to look very far.
Walk 3 minutes from the test centre and you can find Millstream car park (SP2 7GN). For 2 hours of parking it’ll cost you £2.70. If you don’t manage to secure one of the 39 spaces here, head instead to the Central (Long stay) car park (SP1 3SL). It’s 4 minutes away from the test centre on foot and also charges £2.70 for 2 hours. There are nearly 900 spaces here, so you’re in with a strong chance of finding a free spot!
One of the most attractive qualities about the Salisbury theory test centre is potentially its pass rates. Despite taking a small dip in the past couple of years, the current statistic is still comfortably higher than the national average.
Don’t think you’re in with a much better chance of passing here than at any other centre, though—how learners perform on the day is all down to preparation.
Treat the theory test like an exam that you have to take seriously, because that’s basically what it is! You need to make sure you know how it is structured (a multiple choice section followed by a hazard perception test) and take the time to revise the information you’ll be quizzed on.
If you need some help with your studying, there are plenty of revision resources out there. We’ve even included some below to get you off to a good start.
If you’re travelling into Salisbury for the theory test, why not stay in a local hotel the night before? It can take the stress out of test day morning and ensure you get a good night’s sleep before your big day. Here are some options nearby:
For a cheap and easy accommodation option, head to The Kings Head Inn, which is around a 7-minute walk from the test centre. It’s actually a Wetherspoon pub as well as a hotel, so you get the best of both of these worlds. You’ll enjoy a nice, comfy bed and if you get hungry or thirsty, you need only pop downstairs for some refreshments!
If you fancy a slightly more upmarket chain hotel experience, consider visiting this branch of Best Western. It’s conveniently located, too—it’ll only take you 10-minutes to walk to the test centre in the morning! A night here comes with plenty of perks, including free WiFi, 24 hour room service and an on-site restaurant and bar.
The Milford Hall Hotel and Spa is one of the grandest accommodation offerings in this area. Even better news? It’s only a 3-minute stroll from where you’ll be sitting your theory test! The tasteful rooms are finished to a very high standard and you have access to the on-site dining and spa facilities. On top of that, you can expect excellent service, free WiFi and a personal bathrobe.
Once the theory test is over it’s likely you’ll be feeling a little peckish and/or thirsty. Thankfully, there are plenty of venues in the area that can meet your needs. Here are a few we recommend:
This is a delightful Victorian pub located just 2 minutes down the road from the test centre. They have a great selection of food, drinks and regularly changing specials. Enjoy your refreshments from the comfort of the cosy, traditional interior or pop outside to the beer garden and take in some lovely riverside views.
At a slightly further 5 minutes down the road, you’ll stumble upon this fun, laid back bar. It boasts an extensive food and drinks menu and if you show up at the right time you could even take advantage of some great weekday deals. This is a lively spot, so don’t be surprised if there’s live music or an event happening when you arrive.
Those who prefer a trusted chain might want to visit this offering from Greene King pubs, which is again just 5 minutes away from the theory test centre on foot. The staff are very welcoming, the food is standard (but thoroughly enjoyable) pub fare and the atmosphere is often buzzing thanks to its popularity with both locals and visitors. Keep an eye out for their food and drink offers if you enjoy a bargain!
So there you have it—our complete guide to the Salisbury theory test centre. If you decide to opt for this test centre, the fact that it’s easily accessible by public transport and in close range of a number of local amenities means your day should be a doddle! Learner drivers from Wiltshire may also want to check out our guide to the Swindon theory test centre.
If you didn’t manage to pass your theory test the first time, the best thing to do is book another appointment as soon as possible and squeeze in some more revision. On the other hand, if you were successful, it’s time to move on to the practical test!
Think about where you want to take the practical test and book lessons in this area. If you’re from Salisbury, your nearest test centre will actually be Salisbury practical test centre. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to learn the basics and master the more advanced skills like the manoeuvres. PassMeFast recommends taking intensive driving courses over traditional hourly lessons.
Want to be on the best track to earn your licence as soon as possible? Give PassMeFast a call on 0333 123 4949! We can pair you with a trusted, local instructor, fast-track your tests and provide a helping hand every step of the way. Have a browse of our courses on the website to see which matches your experience level.
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