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Learning to Drive in Colchester

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.

Colchester’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 41.5%.

The test centres in Colchester are Colchester which has a pass rate of 41.5%, Clacton-on-Sea at 48.5%, Ipswich at 61.7% and Chelmsford at 49.4%.

The nearest additional driving test centres for Colchester are in Southend-on-Sea with 51.4%, Bury St Edmunds at 40.4%, Basildon with 51.3%, and Bishops Stortford which has a similar pass rate of 51.4%.

Colchester’s Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Basildon, (Colchester), (wheelchair accessible), Paycocke Road, Basildon, SS14 3JS
  • Bishops Stortford, (Colchester), South Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3JQ
  • Brentwood, (Colchester), 89 Warley Hill, Brentwood CM14 5JN
  • Bury St Edmunds, (Colchester), Triton House, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1TJ
  • Chelmsford, (Colchester), Hanbury Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford CM1 3DR
  • Clacton-on-Sea, (Colchester), 103 – 105 Carnavon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QA
  • Colchester, (Colchester), (wheelchair accessible), Grange Way, Colchester CO2 8HF
  • Hornchurch, (Colchester),75 Station Lane, Hornchurch Romford RM12 6JX
  • Ipswich, (Colchester), Wentworth Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich IP3 9SW
  • Southend-on-Sea, (Colchester), The Tickfield Centre, Tickfield Industrial Estate, Tickfield Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6LL

Colchester’s Theory Test Centres

  • Chelmsford, (Colchester), Suite 4, Second Floor, Saxon House, 27 Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1HT
  • Colchester, (Colchester), Ground Floor, Block F, The Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester CO4 3ZL
  • Ipswich, (Colchester), Suite 1 Second Floor, Hubbard House, 6 Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2QA

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Colchester – did you know?

  1. Colchester was the first capital of Roman Britain and the centre of power before Londinium was chosen for a fort. It is also the oldest recorded town in Britain.
  2. Colchester was repeatedly raided by Vikings throughout the 9th and 10th centuries.
  3. The settlement at Colchester began as the centre of the local Celtic tribe, the Trinovantes. Also known as the Trinobantes, these ancient Brits inhabited what is now known as Essex.
  4. In AD 49 Colchester was the first place in Britain to be given the status of a Roman Colonia. The Romans erected a triumphal arch to Claudius at the western entrance into the town.
  5. There are plenty of famous people who hark from Colchester and the surrounding countryside, including Jamie Oliver, Rupert Grint, David Gandy, Ross Kemp, Russell Brand, Sir Alistair Cook, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren – the list goes on and on. Dermot O’Leary also was born in Colchester, Essex.
  6. One of Scotland’s most famous sons was thought to have been born in Essex. Historians believe that Robert the Bruce was actually born at Montpelier’s Farm in Writtle near Chelmsford in 1274.
  7. The Roman name for Colchester was Camulodunum, ‘fortification of Camulos’, the Celtic god of war. Also Colonia, ‘colonial settlement’, this supports the argument that Colchester’s name is derived from its status as a Roman colony rather than a British river name.
  8. The Purple Dog is the oldest pub in Colchester, dating back to 1647, the pub serves award winning ales, beers and wines with a range of coffees and delicious homemade food today among a friendly welcoming atmosphere.
  9. Colchester has Britain’s only military ‘glasshouse’, where, during National Service days (1946-1960), hard men did time before dismissal from the Army. Graduates included the Kray Twins, one of whom broke the jaw of a corporal who shouted at him. More recently it was trialled as a ‘boot camp’ for naughty boys, before they invented ASBOs. It began life as a German prisoner-of-war camp but is now the Army’s only Military Corrective Training Centre.