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Learning to Drive in Belfast

The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.

Belfast’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 60.3%

The test centres in Belfast are Campbeltown which has a pass rate of 74.1%, Newton Stewart at 62.4%, Girvan at 59.8%, Ary at 53% and Islay Island at 72%.

The nearest additional driving test centres for Belfast are in Castle Douglas with 50.6% and Irvine which has a slightly lower pass rate of 50.3%.

Belfast Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Ayr, (Belfast), 40 Boundary Road, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr KA8 9DJ
  • Brodick, Isle of Aran (Belfast), Royal Mail Delivery Office, Mayish Road, Brodick, KA27 8AU
  • Campbeltown, (Belfast), Crown Buildings, Hall Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BU
  • Castle Douglas, (Belfast), Carlingwark Cottage, Carlingwark Arc, Buchan Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1TH
  • Girvan, (Belfast), The Carrick Buildings Learning Centre, Henrietta Street, Girvan, KA26 9AL
  • Irvine, (Belfast), Century Court, 11 Riverside Way, Riverside Business Park, Irvine, KA11 5DJ
  • Islay Island, (Belfast), Argyll and Bute Council Offices Janieson Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay PA43 7HL
  • Stranaer, (Belfast), Northwest Castle Hotel, Wigtownshire, Stranraer, DG9 8EH

Belfast Theory Test Centres

  • Belfast, (Belfast), Suite 1B, City Exchange, 11 – 13 Gloucester Street, Belfast, BT1 4LS
  • Ballymena, (Belfast), Unit 2, 75 Wellington Street, (next door to the Progressive Building Society), Ballymena, BT43 6AD
  • Portadwn, (Belfast), Unit 13, Magowan West, West Street, Portadown, BT62 3PN
  • Newry, (Belfast), Unit 2, Ground Floor, (An Storas) The Store House, (Behind Bellybot House), Newry, BT35 8BG
  • Stranraer, (Belfast), Meeting Room, First Floor, Stranraer Library, 7 – 10 North Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LD
  • Omagh, (Belfast), Ground Floot, Dergmoney House, 41a Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HE
  • Campbeltown, (Belfast), Ground Floor, Campbeltown Town Hall, 54 Main Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6AB
  • Londonderry, (Belfast), First Floor, The Embassy Building, 3 Strand Road, Londonderry, BT48 6BB
  • Newton Stewart, (Belfast), Ground Floor, McMillan Hall, Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart, DG8 6EQ
  • Brodick, Isle of Arran, (Belfast), Ground Floor, Ormidale Sports Pavillion, Ormidale Park, Manse Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran KA27 8DN

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Belfast – did you know?

  1. Belfast was known as the world’s linen capital in the late 19th Century and nicknamed “Linenopolis”. The Linen Quarter was home to many of the city’s linen manufacturers.
  2. In reference to Belfast’s maritime history, the city’s symbol is a seahorse. You can find various seahorse motifs around the city and on buildings.
  3. Liam Neeson’s first stage appearance was at Belfast’s Lyric theatre, this was some years after learning to box at the city’s All Saints Youth Club.
  4. The Great Light on the Maritime Mile in Belfast has the largest lens ever made and is over 130 years old.
  5. Belfast’s Europa Hotel is the most bombed hotel in the world, thanks to the Troubles of Northern Ireland. The hotel’s visitors always received a 20 minute warning call before the bombs were detonated.
  6. HBO’s studio for Game of Thrones is in Belfast. Unfortunately, it is not open to tours.
  7. Belfast and the surrounding landscape inspired the settings in The Chronicles of Narnia, written by C.S Lewis who grew up in Northern Ireland.
  8. The Titanic Museum building is the same height as the ship, which was also built in Belfast where 100,000 people gathered to see her leave for her maiden voyage.
  9. Led Zepplin’s classic tune, Stairway to Heaven, was first performed at Ulster Live in Belfast. They were one of the few popular bands to play in the city throughout the Troubles.
  10. Van Morrison was born in Bloomfield, Belfast in 1945 and was named George Ivan Morrison. He is also known as the Belfast cowboy.