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Learning to Drive in Guildford
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.
Guildford’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 41.1%.
The test centres in Guildford are Guildford with a pass rate of 41.1%, Farnborough with 55.3%, Chertsey with 50.7% and Ashford with 45.4%
The nearest additional driving test centres for Guildford are in Tolworth at 54.1%, Slough at 46.7%, Isleworth at 49.0% and Morden which has a lower pass rate at 47.5%.
Guildford’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Ashford, (Guildford), 18/19 Fir Tre Place, Church Road, Ashford TW15 2PJ
- Chertsey, (Guildford), Unit 4 The Forum, Hanworth Lane, Chertsey, KT16 9JX
- Farnborough, (Guildford), 35 Hercules Way, Aerospace Boulevard, Unit C1 Cirrus Farnborough GU14 6UU
- Guildford, (Guildford), (wheelchair accessible), Slyfield Industrial Estate, off Moorland Road, Guildford GU1 1SA
- Isleworth, (Guildford), The Wireless Factory, Fleming Way, Isleworth TW7 6DB
- Morden, (Guildford), 10 Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PE
- Slough, (Guildford), (wheelchair accessible), Driving Test Centre Slough, 12 Waterside Drive, Slough SL3 6EZ
- Tolworth, (Guildford), (wheelchair accessible), Douglas House, 1B Douglas Road, Tolworth KT6 7RZ
Guildford’s Theory Test Centres
- Aldershot, (Guildford), Ground Floor, 1 London House, Pickford Street, Aldershot GU11 1TY
- Guildford, (Guildford, First Floor, The Old Magistrates Court, 71 North Street, Guildford GU1 4AW
- Staines, (Guildford), First Floor, 11 – 17 Kingston Road, Staines TW18 4QX
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Guildford – did you know?
- Like many other English towns, Guildford began as a Saxon village. The ford it grew up around was known as the guilden (golden) ford, named for the golden sands on the banks of the river. The village took it’s name from this, becoming Guildford and growing into the large town it is today.
- Guildford’s cathedral was truly a community effort, around 200,000 people contributed a brick to the cathedral construction fund.
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as the well-loved author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol, wrote his second book about Alice “Through The Looking Glass” while living in Guildford.
- Guildford was turned into a Historic Town in 1984 and four heritage trails were established through its streets and parks. The area is home to some of the most upmarket properties in the country and can trace its origins to the Roman occupation. Evidence of high status Roman dwellings have been found in the area.
- Guildford Castle was built shortly after 1066 and the Battle of Hastings by William the Conqueror, or one of his barons. The castle is open for tours and the castle grounds and gardens are free to visit.
- The University of Surry is found in Guildford and is ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 tertiary institiutions. It was also voted the leading university town for LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) friendliness, according to a recent study.
- UFOs have been spotted at the Guildford Flyover by local police. The Police officers spotted a bright white light in the distance while driving along the A3 in 2006. The three white lights were embedded in a black triangle shape with a dim pulsating red light in the centre. Other drivers had pulled over and watched the shape. Eight more lights were spotted drifting over Guildford around the same time. No-one has been able to confirm what the light were or where they came from.