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Learning to Drive in Lancaster
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.
Lancaster’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average, sitting at 60.2%.
The test centres in Lancaster are Heysham which has a pass rate of 53.7%, Blackpool with 49.2%, Kendal with 64.7%, and Barrow in Furness with 62.6%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Lancaster are in Preston with 60.2%, Blackburn with Darwen with 42.0%, Chorley with 59.6% and Nelson which has a slightly lower pass rate of 55.4%
Lancaster’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Barrow in Furness, (Lancaster), (wheelchair accessible), Trinity Enterprise Centre, Unit 11 Ironworks Road, Barrow in Furness LA14 2PN
- Blackburn with Darwen, (Lancaster), (wheelchair accessible), Blackburn Interchange, Commercial Road, Off Junction 4 M65, Blackburn Darwen BB3 0DB
- Blackpool, (Lancaster), Government Buildings, Warbeck Hill Road, Blackpool FY2 0XE
- Chorley, (Lancaster), (wheelchair accessible), Rossall Road, Chorley PR6 0BT
- Heysham, (Lancaster), Office 106 Lancaster Training Services, 5 Penrod Way, Heysham LA3 2UZ
- Kendal, (Lancaster), Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road LA9 7RL
- Nelson, (Lancaster), Ground Floor Units 103, 104, 105 Pendle Business Centre, Commercial Road, Nelson BB9 9BT
- Preston, (Lancaster), Chain Caul Road, Preston PR2 2PD
- Southport, (Lancaster), (wheelchair accessible), Eastbank House, Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1HE
Lancaster’s Theory Test Centres
- Barrow, (Lancaster), Unit 9, 12 Duke Street, Barrow in Furness LA14 1LF
- Kendal, (Lancaster), Unit 2A, The Westmorland Shopping Centre Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4LR
- Preston, (Lancaster), Sixth Floor, Marshall House, Ring Way, Preston PR1 2QD
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Lancaster – did you know?
- Lancaster Castle was first built in 79 AD and served as a fort for Roman occupation. In the Medieval period it became home for the Royal home for the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1955 it became a prison for males and was shut as a prison in 2011. The Ministry of Justice closed it as a prison because it became too costly to run.
- Lancaster was the home of the Red Rose from before the war of the roses. Lancastrians held the throne from 1399 and were challenged by Yorkists. The conflict ended when Henry VII of married Elizabeth of York and combined her white rose with his red rose into one Tudor Rose.
- St George’s Quay was on of the UK’s busiest ports through the 19th The port has since silted up and Heysham has become more active in the area.
- It’s believed that Lord Ashton had Ashton Memorial in Lancaster was built in memory of his wife, but evidence suggest that the plans for the monument were drawn up well before Lady Ashton’s death and the memorial was instead in honour of the Lord’s legacy he made to Lancaster and its residents.
- Lancaster is home to the coldest place in the universe. The low temperature laboratory at Lancaster University uses cutting edge technology to drop temperatures as low as 0.001 Kelvin, which in Celsius is a staggering -274.19°C
- Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Lancaster were one and the same person. Now that Queen Elizabeth has passed and Charles is to become King Charles III, he will also take up the title of Duke of Lancaster.
- Lancaster Castle was the site of the Pendle Witch trials in 1612. The persecution of witches in this area are some of the most famous historic witch trials in history.