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Learning to Drive in Chester
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.
Chester’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 45.3%.
The test centres in Chester are Telford Court which has a pass rate of 45.3% Speke at 25.4%, Wrexham at 52.1% and Widnes at 43.5%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Chester are in Northwich with 55.9%, Upton with 50.9%, Wallasey with 41.5%, and Norris Green which has a lower pass rate of 38.7%.
Chester’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Chester, (Chester), Unit 16, Telford Court, Dunkirk Trading Estate, Chester Gates Dunkirk, Chester CH1 6LT
- Norris Green, (Chester), Falklands Approach, Parthenon Drive, Norris Green, L11 5BR
- Northwich, (Chester), 4 Felix Road, Winnington, Northwich, CW8 4BU
- Speke, (Chester), Unit 3 Dakota Business Park, Skyhawk Avenue, Speke, Liverpool L19 2QR
- Upton, (Chester), Arrowe Park Road, Upton CH49 0UF
- Wallasey, (Chester), (wheelchair accessible), 17c King Street, Wallasey CH44 8AT
- Widnes, (Chester), Everite Road, Widnes, WA8 8PT
- Wrexham, (Chester), Ground Floor, 1 Birchall House, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham LL13 7YP
Chester’s Theory Test Centres
- Chester, (Chester), Unit 3, Ground Floor, Granary Warf, Steam Mill Street, Chester CH3 5BE
- Liverpool, (Chester), Suite 1, Ground Floor, 10 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5AS
- Wrexham, (Chester), Unit 7, Ground Floor, 3 Henblas Street, Wrexham LL13 8AE
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Chester – did you know?
- Chester’s walls are Grade I listed and the most complete in England. The walls date back to 100AD and stand almost all the way around the city. The walls were built by the Romans and extended in the Saxon period.
- Minerva’s Shrine in Chester is the last surviving rock cut Roman shrine in the UK. Minerva is the goddess of war and her shrine is found in Handbridge, Edgar’s field.
- In the cellar of Spud U Like in Bridge Street, Chester, are the remains of a Roman hypocaust. The underfloor system of vents and pipes were used to heat roman buildings by circulating the warm air.
- Chester’s covered walkways are some of the oldest in the country. Dating back to the 13th Century, the walkways are unique to Chester and walkways like them are not found anywhere else in the world.
- In Tudor times, Welshmen were not allowed in Chester due to a law prohibiting them entry. The law went on to state it was legal to shoot trespassing Welshmen with a bow and arrow should they be found within the city walls. This law has never been formally repealed.
- A law passed in 1208 in Chester, was used to stop a car boot at Tesco’s car park in 2014. The law stated there was not to be another market held withing six and two-thirds of a mile from Chester Market.
- The Roodee racecourse in Chester is the oldest sporting venue that has seen continual use since it’s first opening. The first race at the Roodee was put on by the Mayor Henry Gee in 1589 and is thought to be the origin of the term ‘gee-gee’ meaning horses.
- The Roman amphitheatre in Chester is the largest in the UK and had seating for 7,000 spectators.