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Learning to Drive in Bristol
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.
Bristol’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is similar the national average sitting at 50%.
The test centres in Bristol are Avonmouth which has a pass rate of 55.2% and Kingswood at 55%.
Bristol’s nearest additional driving test centres are in Brislington with 43.2% and Newport which has a slightly higher pass rate of 46.7%.
Bristol Practical Driving Test Centres
- Avonmouth (Bristol), Unit M6, Cabot Park, Merebank Road, Avonmouth BS11 8AQ
- Brislington, (Bristol), Government Buildings, Flowers Hill, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5JX
- Kingswood (Bristol), The Siston Centre, Station Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 4GQ
- Newport, Gwent, (Bristol), Stephenson Street, off Corporation Road, Liswerry, Newport NP19 4XH
Bristol Theory Test Centres
- Bristol, Building 340, The Crescent, Bristol Business Park, Bristol BS16 1EJ
- Newport, Sixth Floor, Clarence House, Clarence Place, Newport NP19 7AA
- Frome, 2 Baywell House, Tucker Close, Frome BA11 5LS
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Bristol– did you know?
- Bristol is the world’s biggest manufacturer of hot air balloons, and they hold the worlds largest hot air balloon festival in all of Europe with up to 100 balloons rising at a time at each event.
- The legendary pirate, Blackbeard, called Bristol home. He was born there around 1680 and given the name Edward Teach. There are surprisingly few records of the pirate in England, most information about his life comes from Jamaica.
- Bristol has its own currency, the Bristol Pound. It was launched in 2012 to help keep local money within the area and build local businesses along with the economy.
- Parts of New York were built with rubble from bombed-out Bristol. Much of East 25th Street and the Manhattan landmark, the Waterside Plaza have been built with parts of the broken city.
- Yummy Easter Eggs have Bristol to thank – these chocolate eggs were invented in the city by JS Fry in 1873. France and Germany had already been making solid chocolate eggs, it took the Bristonian to figure out how to make the hollow chocolate variety.
- A quarter of the world’s nature documentaries are produced in Bristol and the city has a rich film history, being home to recent TV hits such as The Outlaws and older classics like Only Fools and Horses.
- The first bungee jump happened from Bristol’s suspension bridge. David Kirke of the Dangerous Sports Club wore a top hat and tails and was filmed by a friend for the maiden jump.
- The world’s first gender reassignment surgery took place in Bristol. Michael Dillon spent two years in the city through WWII while undergoing the ground breaking surgery to transition from female to male.
- Up until 1840, Bristol’s clock were 10 minutes behind London’s. The clock over the Corn Exchange still bears two minute hands – one red for shwing Grenwich Mean Time and the other black to show Bristol time.
- America has 29 places called Bristol! Six of them are classed as cities, one a county and the rest are towns or smaller — one is even classed as a ghost town!