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Learning to Drive in Ipswich
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.
Ipswich’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 61.7%.
The test centres in Ipswich are Wentworth Road which has a pass rate of 61.7%, Colchester at 41.5%, Clacton-on-Sea at 48.5% and Bury St Edmunds at 40.4%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Ipswich are in Chelmsford with 49.4%, Lowestoft at 53.2%, Southend-on-Sea with 51.4%, and Norwich which has a higher pass rate of 47.6%.
Ipswich’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Bury St Edmunds, (Ipswich), Triton House, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1TJ
- Chelmsford, (Ipswich), Hanbury Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford CM1 3DR
- Clacton-on-Sea, (Ipswich), 103 – 105 Carnavon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QA
- Colchester, (Ipswich), (wheelchair accessible), Grange Way, Colchester CO2 8HF
- Ipswich, (Ipswich), Wentworth Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich IP3 9SW
- Lowestoft, (Ipswich), Unit 3 Oakland House Business Centre, Mobbs Way, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR32 3AL
- Norwich, (Ipswich), Plot 16A, Peachman Way, Broadlands Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0WE
- Southend-on-Sea, (Ipswich), The Tickfield Centre, Tickfield Industrial Estate, Tickfield Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6LL
Ipswich’s Theory Test Centres
- Colchester, (Ipswich), Ground Floor, Block F, The Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester CO4 3ZL
- Ipswich, (Ipswich), Suite 1 Second Floor, Hubbard House, 6 Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2QA
- Saxmundham, (Ipswich), Saxmundham Market Hall, 29 High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AF
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Ipswich – did you know?
- Charles Dicken’s used Ipswich as the setting for his novel The Pickwick Paper. Ipswich landmarks that are included in the novel include the Great White Horse Hotel on Tavern Street and St Clements’s parish.
- Wolsey’s Bells in St Lawrence Church, Ipswich, are the oldest church bells in the world. Cast in the 15th Century these bells were chiming when King Henry’s righthand man, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey became the Archbishop of the church.
- The world’s first commercially produced lawnmower was built in Ipswich by Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, the agricultural machinery manufacturer.
- Ipswich engineers, Ransomes and Rapier, constructed China’s first railway. The railway opened in 1876 and connected parts of Shanghai. Known as the Woosung Road, the narrow-gauge passenger railway was constructed without permission and dismantled less than a year after opening. It was rebuilt twenty years later and now forms part of the Shanghai Metro’s Line 3.
- Sir Thomas Slade the shipwright who designed Lord Nelson’s flagship ship, the HMS Victory for the Battle of Trafalgar is buried in St Clements’s churchyard in Ipswich.
- Famous artist, Thomas Gainsborough moved to Ipswich in the mid-1900s. Here, he earned a living from painting portraits and also created a landscape of the Holywell Park Reservoirs.
- The modern form of cookery writing and cookbooks was invented in 1845 in Ipswich by Eliza Acton. He cookbook “Modern Cookery for Private Families” was in print for more than 100 years and inspired Delia Smith.
- Ipswich and the surrounding area were home to the UK’s largest malt industry in the 18th and 19th