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Learning to Drive in Darlington

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.

Darlington’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is a lot higher than the national average sitting at 56.1%.

The test centres in Darlington are Darlington which has a pass rate of 56.1%, Northallerton with 50.2%, Middlesbrough with 48.5%, and Durham with 59.0%

The nearest additional driving test centres for Darlington are in Hartlepool with 60.6%. Sunderland with 45.6%, Gateshead with 38.6% and Gosforth which has a much higher pass rate at 45.6%

Darlington’s Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Darlington, (Darlington), (Wheelchair accessible), DVSA High Point Business Park, Yarm Road, Darlington DL1 4PW
  • Durham, (Darlington), 1st Floor Enna House, Whitfield Court Industrial Estate, St Johns Road, Meadowfield DH7 8XL
  • Gateshead, (Darlington), Waterside Drive, Dunston, Gateshead NE11 9HU
  • Gosforth, (Darlington), Sandy Lane, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 5HB
  • Hartlepool, (Darlington), Unit 20, Newburn Bridge Industrial Estate, Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool TS25 1TZ
  • Middlesbrough, (Darlington), (wheelchair accessible), Maxwell Road, Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS3 8TE
  • Northallerton, (Darlington), (wheelchair accessible), Elder House, East Road, Northallerton DL6 1NU
  • Sunderland, (Darlington), (wheelchair accessible), River Bank Road, North Hylton Road Industrial Estate, Sunderland SR5 3JJ

Darlington’s Theory Test Centres

  • Bishop Auckland, (Darlington), First Floor, Bishop Auckland Community Partnership, The Four Clocks Centre, 154a Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EH
  • Northallerton, (Darlington), First Floor, Evolution Business Centre, County Business Park, Darlington Road, Northallerton DL6 2NQ
  • Middlesbrough, (Darlington), Suite 1 First Floor, The Cooperative Buildings 251 – 255 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 4AT

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Darlington – did you know?

  1. Darlington was the first town in England to allow same-sex civil ceremonies in 2001. Ian Bell and Ian Johnstone were the lucky couple who tied the knot at Darlington’s register office in front of 80 of their friends and family.
  2. Darlington is where the world’s steam-powered passenger railway began. The world-famous rail heritage sets Darlington apart from other towns in the UK.
  3. Darlington’s name is derived from the people who first settled in the area. The settlement of Deornoth’s people became Derlinton inf Norman times and during the 17th and 18th centuries it was known as Darnton.
  4. Darlington’s oldest pub is the The George you’ll find it at the heart of Darlington Town Centre, just off the main square and minutes’ walk from the main bus terminal.
  5. In the seventeenth century Darlington became noted for its woollen and linen industry alike many other towns in the area. Darlington was also a popular place for members of the Quaker faith to settle. By the 1800s, the Quakers had formed an influential and wealthy community.
  6. The name “Quaker” began as an insulting nickname given to people with this faith in the 1650s. The insult was based on a widespread belief that in their worship, when under the influence of the Holy Spirit (or perhaps evil spirits, depending on one’s point of view), believers would shake and quake.
  7. A shocking Ministry of Defence UFO file revealed on February 5th, 2009, that the North Yorkshire town of Darlington was a hot-spot for alien visitations in 2008.
  8. The industrialist, Joseph Pease isn’t the only famous person born in Darlington. The former premiership football player Neil Maddison, ex-Arsenal manager George Allison, and film director Maurice Elvey were also born there.