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Learning to Drive in Dorchester

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.

Dorchester’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is much slightly higher than the national average sitting at 65.2%.

The test centres in Dorchester are Dorchester which has a pass rate of 65.2%, Yeovil with 58.3%, Poole with 51.4%, and Taunton with 57.7%.

The nearest additional driving test centres for Dorchester are in Salisbury with a pass rate of 55.7%, Trowbridge with 54.2%, Southampton with 56.0% and Exeter which has a higher pass rate of 51.8%.

Dorchester’s Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Dorchester, (Dorchester), 66 Peverell Avenue West, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3SU
  • Exeter, (Dorchester), Thorverton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8FS
  • Poole, (Dorchester), 4 – 20 Harwell Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole BH17 0SA
  • Salisbury, (Dorchester), Rougemont Close, Salisbury, SP1 1LY
  • Southampton, (Dorchester), (wheelchair accessible), Green Lane, Maybush, Southampton SO16 9FP
  • Taunton, (Dorchester), Unit L2, Acres Hill Business Park, Off Venture Way, Taunton TA2 8RX
  • Trowbridge, (Dorchester), Longfield Community Centre, Weavers Drive, Trowbridge BA14 7DZ
  • Yeovil, (Dorchester), Suite 2, Abbey Manor Business Centre, Preston Road, Yeovil BA20 2EN

Dorchester’s Theory Test Centres

  • Blandford Forum, (Dorchester), M&S Carpark, Langton Road, Blandford Forum DT11 7EN
  • Weymouth, (Dorchester), Ground Floor, Phoenix House, St Nicholas Street, Weymouth DT4 8AA
  • Yeovil, (Dorchester), Ground Floor, The Coach House, Penn Hill, Yeovil BA20 1SF

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Dorchester – did you know?

  1. A mere two miles south of Dorchester town centre, Britain’s largest Iron Age hill fort. Known as Maiden Castle, the fort was first constructed around 600 BC is one of several ancient hill forts in the area, although many are either too small to be noticeable or have been destroyed by ploughing and natural erosion.
  2. Maumbury Rings a giant Henge monument constructed at least 4500 years ago. It’s believed the inhabitants of Maiden Castle constructed these rings, which were later adapted by the Romans to create an amphitheatre capable of holding 10,000 people. Maumbury Rings is still used as intended by the Romans to hold outdoor performances and historical re-enactments.
  3. Dorchester was called Dunrovaria by the Romans when they invaded in 70D. Evidence of their settlement and influence on the area can be seen at the Roman Town House at Colliton Park, one of the best preserved examples of a Roman Town House in England. The Roman Town House was discovered, almost by chance, in 1937 during an archaeological dig. The earliest part of the Town House dates from the first part of 4th Century.
  4. Dorchester is famed for its villainous ‘Hanging Judge’. In 1685 a rebellion broke out in South-western England which was led by the Duke of Monmouth. Judge Jeffreys came to Dorchester and tried the Duke of Monmouth and his supporters for their failed rebellion against King James II.   Jeffreys didn’t believe in leniency and became known as the Hanging Judge because of the punishments he gave to the supporters of the Duke.
  5. The famous author and poet Thomas Hardy was born at Higher Bockhampton just 3 miles northeast of Dorchester in 1840. It is possible to retrace the route of the ‘Mellstock Quire’ characters from his novel ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and climb to ‘Rainbarrow’ as the character Eustacia Vye in ‘Return of the Native’
  6. Dorchester is one of the best places for Ancient British History, more Roman mosaics have been found in Dorchester than any other Roman town in Britain.