Bristol (Brislington) Test Centre

Brislington test centre is situated in the middle of a medium-sized business estate on Flowers Hill, just off Bath Road A4. Due to its proximity to multiple local businesses, the area is bound to be busy most of the day. The centre itself is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Bristol, so it’s easy enough to get to if you’re a local learner. If you’re heading here for your test, we’d recommend getting to know more about Brislington.


Government Buildings, Flowers Hill
Bath Road, Brislington

Tests Offered at Bristol (Brislington)

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

If you’re heading to Brislington test centre from the centre of Bristol, you’re in luck. Your journey couldn’t be any easier! Just get onto the A4044, continue onto Bath Road and follow the road ahead until the turn onto Flowers Hill. Don’t start flapping if you’re not so centrally located. There are plenty of nearby A roads like the A37, A4174 and A31 which will make it a simple enough trip. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to follow these directions using a sat nav.

A Bit More About Bristol (Brislington)

Your driving test will take you around Brislington test centre and its surrounding area. The examiner will make use of any local challenging road types, like the assortment of roundabouts on Bath Road A4 and the A4174, to test how ready you are to drive unsupervised. You’ll likely be taken close to the city centre, which means you’ll have to deal with a lot of stop-start traffic. (Make sure you’re comfortable with clutch control!) The examiner will also take you around an area like Clifton or Southville with plenty of residential roads—it’s here that you’ll have your skills tested against one of the manoeuvres, not to mention manoeuvring around parked vehicles whilst facing oncoming traffic.

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.