Bristol Driving Test Centre

There are three driving test centres in Bristol. Brislington, Kingswood and Southmead. The Bristol Driving Test Centres will feature many complex and difficult urban roads.

One-way-systems, busy junctions, crossroads and multi-lane roundabouts will feature heavily from all of the Bristol Driving Test Centres. Residential roads, although being quiet, have narrow lane constraints and represent a hazard due to oncoming traffic.

High speed primary ‘A’ roads such as the A4175, A4018 and A4 are highly likely to feature. Roads such as these need a good understanding of approaching traffic speed before joining. All 4 driving test manoeuvres need to be thoroughly learnt. One of these will be requested by the driving examiner.

Each practical driving test features a 1 in 3 chance of the emergency stop procedure being requested and all driving tests will feature around 10 minutes of independent driving. The driving test centres in Bristol are detailed below.

Bristol (Brislington) Driving Test Centre

  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Government Buildings
    Flowers Hill
    Bath Road

    City of Bristol

    BS4 5JX
  • Test Centre Details:  Male and female toilets are available. No car park is available at the test centre
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Taxi


  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Cabot Park
    Merebank Road
    BS11 8AQ
  • Test Centre Details:  Test candidate car parking facilities available.
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car


  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    The Siston Centre
    Station Road


    BS15 4GQ
  • Test Centre Details:  Male and female toilets are available. A car park is available at the test centre
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Taxi, Motorcycle Module 1, Motorcycle Module 2, Lorries, large vehicles and buses, Car and trailers, Approved driving instructor – part two, Approved driving instructor – part three
Bristol (Kingswood) driving test centre
Bristol (Kingswood) driving test centre

Bristol DRIVING TEST CENTRE test routes

To find out more information for the type of roads you will be taking from your particular Bristol Driving Test Centre, visit our driving test routes section to gain an understanding on the various road types and traffic systems you will encounter.


Driving test centres, especially those located in busy city areas often suffer from traffic congestion at particular times of the day. this ‘rush hour’ traffic often impedes learners during their driving test. Whilst booking your practical test, try to choose a time that avoids rush hour traffic as this should enable smoother progress during your test. There are two ways to book your practical test; by telephone and online.

Book a driving test by phone
The book a driving test section contains the DVSA telephone numbers for booking a practical driving test at a Bristol driving test centre by phone. This telephone number directs you to an automated test booking line, although if you browse the option you can talk to a assistant.

Book your driving test online
To book your driving test online for any Bristol Driving Test Centre, see the book a driving test section for all DVSA online test booking information.

Rescheduling or cancelling the driving test
3 working days notice is required to cancel the driving test at any UK test centre if you require a full refund. The same conditions apply if you wish to reschedule. Cancellations and rescheduling can be done via the contact details above.


Driving test pass rates vary considerably depending on which test centre your practical is taken at. Browse the driving test pass rates section for information for your Bristol based UK DVSA test centre pass rates.


The Bristol Driving Test Centre telephone numbers may be either located on this page or via the driving test centre contact numbers section. Practical tests cannot be booked via these numbers and should only be used to contact the test centre manager for any concerns or issues you may have regarding your test.


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 by Jonathon Collins

Failed me 4 times now the place is a complete joke and can get fu**ed pathetic people but want to pass others it's not fair

 by Southmead test

I had this horrible, horrible examiner today at Southmead! he was having a bad day before even meeting me. I asked him politely to give me hand gestures when giving directions as I am dyslexic. He sat back, sighed deeply and said "fine, I will try". From that point onward I knew it was already going badly. For the entire test, he did once even try to give me the gestures and he talked so quietly I couldn't even hear him saying right or wrong. When I asked him "did you say right ?", he sighed again and wait for a few seconds to confirm. During the end of the test, he was being very lazy, he forgot to give me directions and only tells me the last second before turning.... I don't blame him for failing my test but I do blame him for making the test much worse than it should be. If he hates being an examer...why be one? he is clearly unhappy about the job and has no patience with learners. Very annoyed that that!!

 by Marius Florea

Did a motorbike test in Kingswood this week, unfortunately I failed. I like to say, what an amazing people there. The examinator was very clear and very nice, but I put myself in danger so unfortunately I failed the test for modul 2. I agree with Naomi regarding traffic lights.... :)))))

 by Val

I took two driving tests in kingswood, first time I failed and even though the examiner failed me, I couldn't of asked for a better examiner, such an amazing women! Second time around I had the same examiner (Janet) yet again so professional and so kind and relaxed which resulted me in a pass! Janet was amazing.