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Learning to Drive in Swindon
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.
Swindon’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 Swindon are Fenn Close which has a pass rate of 44.7%, Chippenham at 47.7%, and Newbury at 50.5%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Swindon are in Trowbridge with 54.5% and Cheltenham with 48.1%, and Cowley which has a lower pass rate of 47.1%
Swindon’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Cheltenham, (Swindon), Bishopsgate House, 94 All Saints Road, Cheltenham GL52 2HQ
- Chippenham, (Swindon), Unit 11, Cavalier Court, Bumpers Farm, Chippenham SB14 6LH
- Cowley, (Swindon), James Wolfe Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2PY
- Greenham, (Swindon), Off Buckner Croke Way, Venture West Business Park, New Greenham Park, Newbury RG19 6HX
- Newbury, (Swindon), Hambridge Lane, Newbury RG14 5TZ
- Oxford, (Swindon), Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP
- Swindon, (Swindon), 1 Fenn Close, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5BL
- Trowbridge, (Swindon), Longfield Community Centre, Weavers Drive, Trowbridge BA14 7DZ
Swindon’s Theory Test Centres
- Cheltenham, (Swindon), Ground Floor, The Coliseum, 18 – 20 Albion Street, Cheltenham GL52 2LP
- Oxford, (Swindon), Third Floor, 58 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1ST
- Swindon, (Swindon), Ground Floor, South Suite, Ambrose House, 30 – 33 Milton Road, Swindon SN1 5JA
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Swindon – did you know?
- Swindon has the scariest road junction in Britain. The Magic Roundabout, a large roundabout circled by several smaller roundabouts has most drivers in a sweat!
- Swindon has starred in two James Bond movies! The Motorola Building and the Spectrum Building have both played host to scenes from the secret agent movies. Piece Brosnan is said to have called Swindon a “great place” – high praise indeed!
- After facilities were destroyed in Southampton, thanks to World War II bombing efforts, a factory in Marston, not far from Swindon, took over production of the famous Spitfire planes.
- Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre gave its name to the Brit-pop band, Oasis, even though there is no connection between the band members and the town.
- Julian Clary, Billie Piper, Dianna Dors and a host of other famous British people were born and raised in Swindon.
- Coate Water Lake in Swindon was once a leisure park, which explains the strange concrete sculpture in the middle of the lake. Now a home for ducks and geese, this was once used as a diving board in the 1930s.
- Swindon was named as Suindune in the Domesday Book and later known as Swine Town for the number of pigs raised and sold there.
- Writer Richard Jefferies was born in Swindon. He is credited with writing one of the earliest works of science fiction in 1885.
- Swindon has one of the finest collections of British 20th Century art, outside of London. The collections can be viewed at the public Museum and Art gallery near the town centre.
- Swindon has a green living wall along one of its canal walks. This living wall is the first of its kind in the UK.