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Learning to Drive in Gloucester
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.
Gloucester’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 44.7%.
The test centres in Gloucester are Gloucester which has a pass rate of 44.7%, Cheltenham with 48.1%, Monmouth with 60.7%, and Worcester 49.7%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Gloucester are in Hereford with 60.3%, Swindon with 44.7%, Chippenham at 47.7%, and Bristol which has a lower pass rate of 55.2%
Gloucester’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Bristol, (Gloucester), Unit M6, Cabot Park, Merebank Road, Avonmouth BS11 8AQ
- Cheltenham, (Gloucester), Bishopsgate House, 94 All Saints Road, Cheltenham GL52 2HQ
- Chippenham, (Gloucester), Unit 11, Cavalier Court, Bumpers Farm, Chippenham SB14 6LH
- Gloucester (Gloucester), Flacon Close, Green Farm Business Park, Quedgeley GL2 4LY
- Hereford, (Gloucester), Driving Test Centre Hereford, 1 Faraday Road Westfield Trading Estate, Hereford HR4 NS
- Monmouth, (Gloucester), Old Dixton Road, Monmouth NP25 3DP
- Swindon, (Gloucester), 1 Fenn Close, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5BL
- Worcester, (Gloucester), Stanier Road, Warndn, Worcester WR4 9FE
Gloucester’s Theory Test Centres
- Cheltenham, (Gloucester), Ground Floor, The Coliseum, 18 – 20 Albion Street, Cheltenham GL52 2LP
- Gloucester, (Gloucester), Third Floor, Eastgate House 121 – 131 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1PX
- Worcester, (Gloucester), Third Floor, Haswell House, St Nicholas Street, Worcester WR1 1UN
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Gloucester – did you know?
- Gloucester began as a Roman town at the first point where the river Severn can be easily crossed. Around 49 AD the Romans built a fort guarding the crossing at Kingsholm and another where Gloucester town centre is today in 64 AD.
- Gloucester was initially inhabited by factions of the ancient British Tribe known as the Dobbuni people, it was the Romans who established it as a city and built fortifications there.
- Gloucester is most famous for its impressive cathedral. The cathedral has featured in two Harry Potter films – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Gloucester’s name comes from the Old English Gleawceaster Gleaw means “bright place” in Celtic and ceaster translates to “Roman town” from Old English.
- Gloucester is more than just a city and a county, it’s also a semi-hard cheese which has been made in the area since the 16th century. There are two varieties of this cheese, Single and Double, but both are made from Gloucester cow’s milk.
- Current Gloucester Rugby fans cheer on the Cherry and Whites during matches at Kingsholm Stadium, but this wasn’t always the case. The Rugby team’s former nickname was the ‘Elver Eaters’ in reference to the annual eel eating competition in Gloucestershire.
- The first ever British and Allied jet, was designed and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, and powered by Frank Whittle’s jet engine. The Gloster E28 made its trial flights from Brockworth airfield. A replica of the aircraft can be seen in the Jet Age Museum.
- The Great East Window at Gloucester Cathedral was the largest window in the world when it was installed in the 1350s. It’s still a landmark of European medieval stained glass and measures 22-metres high and 12-metres wide, which is as big as a tennis court!
- John Stafford Smith who wrote the music for ‘The Anacreontic Song’ which is now known as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and America’s anthem, was born in Gloucester in 1750. A memorial for the composer can be found in Gloucester Cathedral.