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Learning to Drive in Paisley
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.
Paisley’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is slightly higher than the national average sitting at 51.6%
Paisley’s test centres are Paisley which has a pass rate of 51.6%, Shieldhall with 40.8%, Anniesland with 41.8%, and Bishopbriggs with 50.6%,
The nearest additional driving test centres for Paisley are in East Kilbride with a pass rate of 46.5%, Glasgow Baillieston at 47.1%, Dumbarton with 46.1% and Hamilton which has a higher pass rate of 54.2%.
Paisley Practical Driving Test Centres
- Anniesland (Paisley), 351 Anniesland Road, Strathclyde, Glasgow G13 1XS
- Baillieston, (Paisley), (wheelchair accessible): 341 Springhill Parkway, Business Park, Glasgow G69 6GA
- Bishopbriggs, (Paisley), Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QA
- Dumbarton, (Paisley), Strathlevel House Suite A4, Vale of Level Industrial Estate, Dumbarton G82 3PD
- East Kilbride (Paisley), Bosfield Place, Legion Scotland, East Mains, East Kilbride, G74 4DY
- Hamilton, (Paisley), (wheelchair accessible), 30 Selkirk Street, South Hamilton ML3 6RQ
- Paisley, (Paisley), (wheelchair accessible), St James Business Centre, Linwood Road, Paisley PA3 3AT
- Shieldhall (Paisley), Bogmoor Road, ShieldHall West, Lanarkshire, Glasgow G51 4TH
Paisley Theory Test Centres
- Dumbarton, (Paisley), 86 – 88 High Street, Dumbarton G82 1PQ
- Glasgow, (Paisley), Third Floor, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX
- Greenock, (Paisley), Ground Floor, Victory Court, 2 Arthur Street, Greenock PA15 4RT
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Paisley – did you know?
- The town of Paisley developed around a Cluniac abbey founded in 1163. The original abbey was burned down in 1307, and was re-built sometime around the 15th century. By the early 18th century Paisley had developed into a manufacturing centre for the hand-loom weaving of linen.
- The has monastic origins of Paisley go much further back than the 1100s. A chapel was established by the 6th or 7th Century Irish monk, Saint Mirin, at a site known as Hammils that is near the waterfall on the White Cart Water.
- Paisley’s name goes as far back as the 7th century, making it one of the older Scotish town names today. Ancient Celtic language was spoken in Britain at this time and the name ‘Paisley’ derives from the word Passeleg which means ‘basilica’ indicating a major church.
- No one knows exactly why people from Paisley are known as “Buddies” but it is thought the term derives from the old Scots custom of hailing a person as a “body”, pronounced locally as “buddy”. Five of Paisley’s best-known Buddies are William Wallace, John Witherspoon, Gerry Rafferty, Gerard Buttler and Paolo Nutini.
- Although the Paisley pattern doesn’t come from the Scottish town of Paisley, the name for it does. The repeating pinecone shape with a bend at the top has origins in Persia and India but the design was reproduced in Paisley textiles and the name for the pattern stuck.
- The Bull Inn is Paisley’s oldest pub. Established in 1901 it’s not nearly as old as many other pubs in the region, but it does retain many of its magnificent original features including stained glass windows, snugs and bar frontage.
- The seven “Bargarran witches” were found guilty and condemned to death in Paisley. One hung himself in his prison cell before his execution date. The other six were hanged and burnt on Gallow Green in Paisley. All seven bodies were then burned, and the ashes buried at Maxwellton Cross to ensure their souls never completely crossed over or settled in the afterlife.