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Durham Practical Driving Test Centre

Durham is a historic city located in northeast England, known for its stunning architecture, prestigious university, and rich cultural heritage. The city is situated on the River Wear and is the county town of County Durham. One of Durham’s most iconic landmarks is Durham Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral, along with the adjacent Durham Castle, forms one of the most impressive and historically significant sites in England. The castle is now part of Durham University, which is consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK. Durham University significantly influences the city’s character, bringing a vibrant student population and a range of cultural and academic activities. The university’s colleges and historic buildings contribute to the city’s picturesque and scholarly atmosphere. The city center features a mix of medieval, Georgian, and modern architecture. Cobblestone streets and a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants add to Durham’s charm. The historic Market Place is a focal point for local commerce and events. Durham is surrounded by beautiful countryside, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. The nearby Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide scenic landscapes for hiking, cycling, and exploring nature. Cultural events and festivals are a significant part of life in Durham. The annual Durham Miners’ Gala, known locally as “The Big Meeting,” is a historic celebration of the region’s mining heritage and attracts thousands of visitors. Additionally, the city hosts a range of arts, music, and literary festivals throughout the year. If you’re preparing for your driving test in Durham, you will encounter a variety of road types, including narrow, winding streets in the historic city center, residential areas, and possibly some rural roads. It’s important to be familiar with the local road layout, speed limits, and traffic conditions to ensure a successful driving test experience. Best of luck on your driving test in Durham, a city renowned for its architectural splendor, academic excellence, and rich cultural heritage!


1st Floor Enna House Whitfield Court Industrial Estate, St Johns Rd Meadowfield County Durham DH7 8XL


Male and female toilets are available

Tests Offered At Durham

Car, ADI part 2, ADI part 3

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability


Parking is available at this test centre


020 4570 6398

Check out the – ‘book your driving test’ service for availability.


Downloading Driving Test Routes

You can download test routes for your mobile device or Sat Nav. Our test routes are available in .GPX file format and are compatible with popular navigation apps such as TomTom Go App, available for both iPhone and Android, as well as TomTom, Garmin, Navigon, and CoPilot Live SatNav systems, Download Driving Test Routes. The most cost-effective option is to use the TomTom Go App on your mobile phone with a phone holder. Our guide on how to use the TomTom Go App makes it easy to navigate the test routes and ace your driving test. Check out our guide on how to use TomTom Go App


What to expect on your practical driving test at Durham Test Centre?

This is the day and finally you are ready to take your practical driving test! Of course you will be  feeling a little nervous? you don’t need to be, the examiner is just going to be observing you driving safely, and the test is very straight forward and shouldn’t be anything new to you.

On the day of the test you just need to be at a Durham Test Centre 10 mins before your test, making sure you have your Provisional Driving License with you. The test will be as follows. 

  • An eyesight test,  you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres.
  • One “tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance. (click here)

20 minutes of general driving, where you’ll be following instructions from the driving test examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres


One “show me” questions covering vehicle controls, this will be asked while you are driving along. (click here)

  • 20 minutes of independent driving,  you will either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination
  • You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.

Once you get back to Durham driving test centre, you’ll find out if all of your hard work has paid off. The examiner will tell you the result and give you some feedback which will contain any faults you might have accumulated. If you pass, the examiner will also give you a test pass certificate and the opportunity to send off for your new licence then and there. The full test report will be sent to you via the email that you provided when you booked your driving test.

More details can be found  Here

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Durham Driving Test Routes


More about Durham Test Centre

If you’re to be a qualified driver in the a test area, be prepared to face a variety of difficult traffic conditions and road types. Whilst the driving examiner isn’t looking to fail you, their job is to make sure that you are actually ready to remove the L plates. As such, they’ll take you through a thorough test to see if you can handle safely all of the challenges Durham has to offer. With a variety of dual carriageways, residential roads, and congested areas, you’ll also need to be at ease with responding to different speed limits, it is worth practising this well as there are a lot of narrow streets. The test centre is based on an industrial estate area but with many test routes that take you out onto the dual carriageways and these are definitely worth practising. Also, it is worth practising some of the larger roundabouts around the test centre.

Want to be more familiar with Durham? here are some useful links below.

Driving Test Routes

Having local knowledge of the test area will give you a great advantage when it comes to taking your driving test. The DVSA does not make test routes public however, The test routes available on our site are the knowledge gained from local driving instructors who are able to either sit in on lessons or can track their cars whilst they are out on test. They are all current routes that can be used by the DVSA examiners. Downloading the test routes yourself if you have someone else that you can practise driving with will be a huge advantage and potentially save you a considerable amount of money and possibly speed up the time it will take to pass your test.

We are so confident in the quality of our test routes we always offer a free sample of one of the routes for you to take look at and practice before buying the full pack of routes – click HERE for a FREE Durham Driving Test Route

What If I Fail?

It can be very upsetting to not pass your driving test, but as you can see from the figures above that quite a few people do not pass their driving test immediately, it may take them several attempts. Don’t be disheartened by this and take the time to do further practise and seek professional advice from an instructor if you feel it is nessasary.

 Once you feel ready to take your test you can re-book through the – ‘book your driving test’ service additionally, you can use various websites/apps to find earlier cancellation appointments the one we recommend is below.

If you need a new driving instructor try searching for one at Drive Academy – one of the UK’s leading directories of driving instructors