Sally's Driving School

Be Safe With Sally's

Sally's Driving School, a family run business established in 1998 provides top rate training with DSA (Driving Standards Agency) approved driving instructors and ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Training) registered instructors. All our driving instructors are Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) police checked. Sally's driving instructors all adopt the DSA's Code of Conduct and promote the Safe Driving for Life campaign. You will always be safe with Sally's!

What We Offer

By keeping our level of instruction high, Sally's driving instructors can assure the best possible chance of success in the following:

Learning to Drive

We offer learner drivers an excellent selection of tailored driving lessons from convenient regular weekly lessons to one week pass and intensive courses. These can be paid for on the day or as part of a block book driving lessons package.
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Intensive Crash Courses

Fast track and flexible intensive driving courses to your requirements.
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One Week Pass Driving Course

Do you work shifts? Short on time? Pass your test in 5 days.
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Driving Lesson Gift Pack

Kick start learning to drive with one of Sally's Gift Vouchers!
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Pass Plus and Motorway Training

Passed your driving test? Why not boost your confidence and reduce your insurance premiums?
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Trailer Towing Courses

Refresh your towing skills or take the trailer test if you'll be towing trailers, towing caravans or towing horse boxes.
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Driving Instructor Training Courses

Fancy a new career in the Driver Training Industry? Consider becoming a driving instructor with one of Sally's driving instructor training courses.
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Driving Instructor Franchise Opportunities

With an ever increasing number of clients, Sally is always on the lookout for quality driving instructors.
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Driving Skills for Life

Safe Driving for Life or Continuing Professional Development, CPD covers Part 3 Training, Check Test Help, RoSPA Advanced Driving, Advanced Driver Training Courses.
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Driving for Business and Fleet Training

Reduce your risk and fleet operating costs. Our driver education courses cover increased road safety awareness, road craft and eco-drive planning.
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Areas We Cover

We cover many areas in the UK including these areas local to you:

Local Test Centres

Theory Test Centres

Driving Test Centres

Barnstaple Theory Test Centre
Riverside Court
Castle Street
Devon EX31 1DR
Barnstaple Driving Test Centre
Barnstaple EX32 9HT

Local Places of Interest


Barnstaple is the regional retail and commercial centre with an exclusive range of outlets including all the High Street favourites as well as a diverse selection of local stores.
Nearby, Bideford itself is a thriving market town with modern amenities and a strong maritime look to it including a very attractive Quay front and medieval long bridge over the River Torridge.
There are lots of smaller towns and villages within easy reach of Barnstaple, along with a variety of tourist attractions. So not only can you enjoy a great day in Barnstaple, but also further a field across the whole of North Devon, North Cornwall and West Somerset.

In Barnstaple you can spend time visiting the Ten Pin bowling alley, Let's Go Superbowl, on Braunton Road, heading out of town on the A361 towards Braunton. Other indoor options include the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, situated on the Square in Barnstaple or the Heritage centre situated on the Strand.

How about something a little more energetic?
Visit Laser Adventure at Playtime Adventure, situated near Barum Gate at Whiddon Valley. They have lightweight Laser Guns for the whole family to have fun... or maybe you just need to relax with a great view and a pint! Then visit The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate.

Barnstaple is a town in North Devon in the county of Devon in South West England. It lies 68 miles (109 km) west southwest of Bristol, 50 miles (80 km) north of Plymouth and 34 miles (55 km) northwest of the county town of Exeter.
It is the main town of the district and claims to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. It was founded at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, about 3 miles (5 km) from the Taw's seafall at the Bristol Channel. By the time of the Domesday Book, Barnstaple had its own mint. Barnstaple's size and wealth in the Middle Ages was based on it being within the staple, a staple port licensed to export wool, and its importance is still obvious in the town's name. The wool trade was further aided by the town's excellent port, with five ships being sent in 1588 to aid the fight against the Spanish Armada.
It was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. Since 1974, it has been a civil parish with a town council.

In 1989, the A361 North Devon Link Road was constructed, linking Barnstaple with the M5 motorway, approximately 40 miles (65 km) to the east. Because Barnstaple is the main shopping area for North Devon, retail work is a contributor to the economy. Many chain stores are located in Barnstaple town centre and on the Roundswell Business Park located on the western fringe of the town.
Traffic congestion in the town used to be quite severe, but in May 2007, the Barnstaple Western Bypass was opened so traffic heading towards Braunton and Ilfracombe avoids travelling through the town centre. The bypass consists of 1.6 miles (2.7 kilometres) of new road and a 447 yards (409 m) long, five-span bridge. It was expected to have cost 42 million.
As part of this work, Barnstaple's main square is receiving a facelift as the entrance to the town centre, and it is planned to pedestrianise The Strand following this scheme, plans are also being formulated for a regeneration of Barnstaple town centre, due to commence in 2012. The regeneration will centre on the Queen's Theatre and surrounding areas, with new shopping complexes, houses, flats and communal areas.

Barnstaple is still sometimes referred to as Barum. The origin of this name is obscure, but has been in use since pre-Saxon times and is probably of Roman origin. Mentioned by Shakespeare, the name Barum was revived and popularised in Victorian times, featuring in several novels of the time. The name is retained in the names of a football team, brewery, and several other local businesses.

Butchers Row - Barnstaple
Built in 1855, Butchers Row consists of ten shops with pilasters of Bath Stone, and wrought iron supports to an overhanging roof. Only two of the shops remain as butchers although the new shops still sell local agricultural goods. There is one baker, one delicatessen, two Fishmongers, a florist and a greengrocer.

Barnstaple - Pannier Market
Barnstaple has been the major market for North Devon since Saxon times. Demands for health regulation of its food market in Victorian times saw the construction in 1855-56 of the Barnstaple Pannier Market, originally known as the Vegetable Market and designed by R D Gould. The building has a high glass and timber roof on iron columns. At 107 yards (97.5 m) long, it runs the length of Butchers Row. Market days are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. According to the UK newspaper 'The Independent' the Pannier Market is voted one of the top ten food markets in Britain.

The Barnstaple Railway Station
Barnstaple railway station is near the end of the Long Bridge but on the opposite bank of the River Taw to the town centre. The town used to have several other stations but these have all closed since the publication of the Reshaping of British Railways report in the 1960s. The surviving station was opened on 1 August 1854 by the North Devon Railway (later the London and South Western Railway), although a service had operated from Fremington since 1848 for goods traffic only. The station became "Barnstaple Junction" on 20 July 1874 when the railway opened the branch line through to Ilfracombe, reverting to just plain "Barnstaple" again when this was closed on 5 October 1970. It is now a terminus and much reduced in size as part of the site is now to be used for the Barnstaple Western Bypass.
The Ilfracombe branch line brought the railway across the river into the town centre.
Barnstaple Quay was situated close by the Castle Mound. It was closed in 1898 and replaced by a nearby Barnstaple Town station at North Walk which was also the terminus of the narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway until this closed in 1935. The narrow gauge line's main depot and operating centre was at nearby Pilton. The station building still exists, and can be viewed on-line from a webcam mounted on Barnstaple Civic Centre.
A separate "Barnstaple" station (renamed Barnstaple (Victoria Road) in 1949) was opened to the east of the town in 1873 as the terminus of the Devon and Somerset Railway (eventually a part of the Great Western Railway). A junction was later provided to allow trains access to Barnstaple Junction and these ran through to Ilfracombe. It was closed in 1970.

North Devon Library & Record Office
Tuly Street
Devon EX31 1EL

Barnstaple Railway Station
Station Road
Devon EX31 2AU

North Devon Leisure Centre
Seven Brethren Bank
Devon EX31 2AP

North Devon College / Petroc
Old Sticklepath Hill
Barnstaple EX31 2BQ

Cresta Guesthouse
26 Sticklepath Hill
Barnstaple EX31 2BU

Roundswell Services
A39 North Devon Link Road
Barnstaple EX31 3RY


Bideford was the major port in the area between 1550 and 1750.
Bridgeland Street, Bideford still retains the grand merchant houses, and there is an indoor Pannier Market, now refurbished.
Bideford town is on steep hills overlooking the river and the unusual 15th Century bridge, each of the 24 arches are a different size.
There are pleasant walks from Bideford along the river to Appledore.


Braunton Burrows is one of the largest sand dune systems in the UK and is considered so important that it has been declared Britain's first Unesco biosphere reserve.

Crow point, Braunton Burrows
Crow point is at the most southerly tip of Braunton Burrows, it’s a lovely place for a wander and also popular with bird watchers and fisherman. Looking across the Torridge/Taw estuary you can see the enchanting village of Appledore and in the distance Instow. At low tide you can see Pulley Bank – a mile long shingle and mussel bed which is marked by three buoys.


Ilfracombe, North Devon popularised by the Victorians. Fishing boats bobbing at high tide in the harbour, visiting yachts moored for the night. In season take a wildlife cruise along the rugged North Devon Coast, maybe see some seals.