Intensive Driving Courses in Harrogate

The centre of North Yorkshire is a vast area, running from Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon up towards Thirsk and Northallerton. PassMeFast now covers the entire area, including its two local practical driving test centres. Learn more about our driving lessons and crash courses in Harrogate!

Booking an Intensive Driving Course in Harrogate

A PassMeFast course is different to traditional lessons. With us, you can ditch the slow weekly lessons (and the L plates) and get on the road fast with one of our intensive or semi-intensive courses, each of which is tailored towards different experience levels. Check out our courses and prices page to find the right one for you.


Interested in automatic intensive driving lessons in Harrogate?

PassMeFast offers all of its courses in both manual and automatic cars, giving you choice over how you learn. Get more information on our automatic courses here.

With our courses, you can learn to drive in Harrogate and the surrounding area in a matter of weeks. Better still, you’ll be taught by one of our fleet of DVSA-approved instructors, each of whom has years of experience. They’ll help you to become a safe, confident driver for life—and, of course, help you to pass your driving test.

For a driving school that puts you in control, choose PassMeFast. Call us on 0333 123 4949, or book your course online.

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Why choose PassMeFast for your intensive driving course?

  • Courses to suit all drivers
  • Flexible driving lessons to fit any schedule
  • Learn with experienced instructors
  • Home and workplace pickups
  • Pass in as little as one week

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Practical Test Centres in Harrogate

If you live in the area around Harrogate or Ripon, then your closest test centre is likely to be the Knaresborough test centre. In the north of the county, learners can take their driving test at Northallerton. Other local test centres that you may wish to use instead include Middlesbrough, Leeds and Horsforth.

Theory Test Centres in Harrogate

There are plenty of options when it comes to taking your theory test in North Yorkshire, though for most learners in this area, the best choices are likely to be Harrogate and Northallerton theory test centres. Whichever you choose, remember that you’ll need to pass your theory test before we can book you a practical test.

Haven't taken your theory test yet?

The theory test is harder than it once was—so, if you were banking on a guaranteed pass, you'll need to put in a little more effort! Check out the theory test section of our blog for useful advice, and be sure to add a theory test on when booking your course.

Driving in and around Harrogate

Both the Knaresborough and Northallerton test centres are likely to pose many of the same challenges for candidates: a mix of rural and urban roads (some of which may be busier A roads) and a mixture of junctions and roundabouts. The Knaresborough test centre is located to the south-east of the town centre and close to the A59 and A658 roads. Meanwhile, learners at Northallerton will face more rural roads, but will also have to contend with the A167 and A168 roads, as well as busier traffic close to Friarage Hospital.

Map showing Harrogate within North Yorkshire

Taking your test is always a daunting experience—but with PassMeFast, you’ll be prepared. Even though you’ll be learning at an intensive pace, you’ll still gain the full range of skills you need to pass. Get things started by booking your course online, or speak to a member of the PassMeFast team on 0333 123 4949.

Driving Instructors in Harrogate

Most learners find driving instructors in Harrogate by searching online or through a recommendation. Many instructors use social media or websites to advertise themselves and some are listed on the DVSA website. It can be difficult to find an available instructor — they’re still in very high demand after lockdowns, with some waiting lists up to 4 months long! 

Need a driving instructor in Harrogate? PassMeFast do the hard work of matching you with an instructor that suits your availability. We have 55 driving instructors in and around North Yorkshire who’ll work around your schedule and help you get on the road in a flash. 

Wondering how fast you can pass? Our flexible but intensive driving courses mean you learn efficiently and boost your chances of passing ASAP. Instead of making you wait for ages for a test after your lessons, we fast-track your test before assigning an expert driving instructor to teach you. This goal-focused structure ensures your driving skills are fresh in your mind for your test so you’re more likely to pass. 

Over 50,000 people have taken the faster route to driving with PassMeFast — and you can be next! Enter your postcode here to find prices in your area.

Driving Schools in Harrogate

Instead of learning to drive with an independent driving instructor, some people choose to learn with a driving school. Driving schools tend to offer a slower, more traditional approach to learning to drive than intensive course specialists like PassMeFast.  

The major downside of the traditional 1- or 2-hour weekly lesson is that you don’t get to book a test until your instructor thinks you are ready — and with most test centres in North Yorkshire being fully booked months in advance, you could end up waiting a long time (and wasting money on lessons to stop your skills from getting rusty while you wait). 

PassMeFast works around you and your schedule, and your lessons will be at a pace that works for you in a modern, goal-focused way. PassMeFast is the faster and easier route to driving — we’ll do all the admin, our courses include a fast-tracked practical test date, and your driving instructor will pick you up from home or work.

Harrogate Fact File

Famous for The English Spa
Population 75,070
County North Yorkshire
Local council Harrogate
Major local roads A59 to Liverpool and York
A61 to Liverpool and Lincoln
Railway stations Harrogate train station
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Weather in Harrogate

Places in Harrogate


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  • Hugh de Morville, leader of the assassins of Thomas Becket, was constable of Knaresborough
  • Knaresborough Castle was destroyed in 1648; today, many buildings in the town centre are made from castle stone
  • Lying on the River Nidd, rowing is a popular activity in Knaresborough
  • Local sports teams include Knaresborough Town FC and Knaresborough Rugby Club


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  • First founded by the Romans, Northallerton became a key religious centre in the Middle Ages
  • Its position on the road linking London to Scotland made it an important stopping point
  • Northallerton School, founded to train boys in “grammar and song”, has existed since 1322
  • Today, Northallerton is the county town of North Yorkshire, with County Hall being home to North Yorkshire County Council


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  • Founded by Saint Wilfrid when the area was part of the Kingdom of Northumbria
  • A textile industry emerged in Ripon in mediaeval times, replaced later by the manufacture of spurs
  • Despite its small population, Ripon has city status—and is the third-smallest city in England
  • The city is home to Ripon Grammar School, one of the best performing schools in northern England


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  • A small market town, Thirsk lies close to the North York Moors
  • Thomas Lord, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cricketer after whom Lord’s Cricket Ground was named, was born here
  • While Lord’s itself lies in London, Thirsk is home to its own racecourse
  • Author and vet James Herriot lived here, and a museum in the town is devoted to his life and works

Which Areas Does PassMeFast Cover?

No matter which part of Yorkshire you live in, you could learn to drive with PassMeFast. Here in North Yorkshire, we also cover:

Getting on the road shouldn't be hard. To make things easier, call PassMeFast on 0333 123 4949, or book your driving course online.

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What is the driving test pass rate in Harrogate?

The driving test pass rate in Harrogate is 52.9%. It’s understandable that some people choose their test centre based on the pass rate, but it’s not as important as you’d think. There are lots of factors that can influence a pass rate, such as the number of tests taken in the area. Whether or not you pass simply depends on how you perform on the day.

Where is the local driving test centre for Harrogate?

The closest local driving test centre in Harrogate is Knaresborough. Just pop HG5 8QB into the Sat Nav and head to Grimbald Crag Court bright and early. It’s usually best to pick the test centre closest to you when you book your test. You’ll do your driving lessons in this area and become familiar with the route you’ll use during the test.