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Learning to Drive in Torquay
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.
Torquay’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is slightly higher than the national average sitting at 49.9%.
The test centres in Torquay are Newton Abbot which has a pass rate of 49.9%, Exeter at 51.8%, and Plymouth at 39.1%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Torquay are in Launceston with 43.3% and Taunton which has a higher pass rate of 57.7%.
Torquay Practical Driving Test Centres
- Exeter, (Torquay), Thorverton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8FS
- Launceston, (Torquay), Suite 4 Sheers Barton Barns, Lawhitton, Launceston, PL15 9NJ
- Newton Abbot, (Torquay), Vander House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4YQ
- Plymouth, (Torquay), Ernesettle Lane, Plymouth, PL5 2EY
- Taunton, (Torquay), Unit L2, Acres Hill Business Park, Off Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8RX
Torquay Theory Test Centres
- Exeter, (Torquay), Ground Floor, Unit 11, The Depot, Belgrave Road, Exeter, EX1 2FT
- Kingsbridge, (Torquay), Ground floor, 1 Duke Street Court, Bridge Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HX
- Torquay, (Torquay), Rooms 36-37, First Floor, Castle Circus House, 136 Union Street, Torquay, TQ2 5QG
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Torquay – did you know?
- Torquay is often referred to as the “Queen of the English Riviera” due to its picturesque coastline, mild climate, and Mediterranean-like atmosphere. It’s one of the key towns in the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and a hot spot for tourists from England and further afield in the summertime.
- Torquay is the birthplace of the world-famous mystery author, Agatha Christie. The famous writer enjoyed the surf in Torquay catching waves there after learning how to ride a surfboard on a trip to South Africa. Visitors can explore the Agatha Christie Mile, which includes landmarks related to her life and works.
- Kents Cavern is one of the most important prehistoric cave sites in the UK and found in Torquay. It’s believed to have been occupied by ancient humans for thousands of years and is a popular attraction for those interested in archaeology.
- Torquay Museum is known for its extensive collection of artifacts, including items related to Agatha Christie, ancient Egyptian mummies, and local history exhibits.
- Thanks to its mild climate, Torquay is home to palm trees and a variety of subtropical plants that thrive along its seafront, giving it a unique and exotic feel. Many of the tropical plants found here were first housed in Victorian plant nurseries who cultivated them as a show of their wealth and social standing.
- The historic Princess Theatre in Torquay hosts a wide range of performances, including West End shows, ballet, opera, and concerts. It’s still open today and has the capacity to seat a 1,500strong audience.
- Founded in 1899, Torquay United FC is the town’s professional football team. They play their home matches at Plainmoor Stadium and have a dedicated fanbase.
- Torre Abbey in Torquay is a historic building and art gallery that dates back to the 12th century. It offers a glimpse into the area’s religious and artistic history.
- Torquay hosts an annual Agatha Christie Festival, celebrating the life and works of the famous author. The festival includes various literary and cultural events, but sadly, no surfing in the mystery novelist’s honour.
- Bygones is a nostalgic attraction in Torquay, featuring a recreated Victorian street, World War I trench, and other historical displays that take visitors on a journey back in time.