Duke and Duchess Driving School has a new name.

Still the same excellent driving instructors, superb reputation and customer service. We will always be driven by results and a desire to make the roads safer!

Contact us at 0345 067 8055


- To drive well, with confidence and some style thrown in too!

Our aim is to help our learners become safe drivers for life. When you pass your driving test we want you to have the confidence in your ability to take that road trip, go on adventures and let your new life skill open up those opportunities you have been dreaming about!

With hundreds of happy customers and an average review score of 4.9 out of 5 on Google, we know that we can deliver everything you need to help you be successful with your driving lessons.


  • We have both manual and automatic cars
  • Male and female driving instructors
  • Discounted rate for block bookings
  • Free access to theory test pro
  • Driving instructors with excellent learners reviews


Our driving school originated in Bedford, we started in 2012 and were called Duke & Duchess driving school. We still have the same instructors we just have a bolder and brighter name. Over the years we have grown and have been lucky enough to establish ourselves in other areas outside of Bedford. If you would like to see the regions we cover, click here.


I’ve passed my test on the first attempt with 0 minors! It has been amazing learning with Jaz & she has helped me a lot in correcting my driving & also calming my nerves, It was a pleasure having her as my instructor.

Sara Nina Shahruddin - Bedford

I just recently passed with Carl! Can’t thank him enough for getting me to where I needed to be for my test. If you are looking for a driving school I cannot recommend these guys enough!

Shane Vincent


All of our driving instructors in Bedford have expert knowledge of the area and will carefully choose which areas are best for you when completing your driving lessons.
If you are taking your first steps into the world of driving, to build up your skills and confidence, you may start your lessons on some of the more quiet roads in Putnoe, Brickhill or around the Mile Road area of Bedford.

There are a number of excellent roads in Bedford and Kempston that are suitable for your first lessons, you may also go out to the villages such as Clapham, Bromham, Cardington, Wootton or Ravensden to help you get familiar with rural roads.


Bedford test centre is now located on Manton lane in Bedford, just up the road from Pure Gym towards Brickhill.

Due to its location, test routes include a mixture of both rural roads and urban roads. Many test routes also use the A6 for some faster driving on a dual carriageway. You may also find that you head towards the villages of Oakley, Clapham and Milton Ernest.

The Sainsburys roundabout linking Clapham road with Paula Radcliffe way is very common on many test routes. This is somewhere your instructor will make sure you’ve had plenty of practice with during your driving lessons in Bedford.

This is a difficult question for us to answer, as all students will learn at their own pace. The national average is around 45 hours of tuition with an instructor. Although this is a statistic published by the DVSA and we have found that these figures can vary greatly from one learner to the next. Some students will learn a lot quicker, whilst others may take longer.

Yes, we offer block booking discounts on our regular lesson prices. If you buy a block of 10 hours you will receive a discount. More information on our current lesson rates and block booking discounts can be found here.

Yes you will need to have received your provisional license before booking your first driving lesson. If a lesson is booked in with an instructor and you do not have your license, the lesson cannot go ahead. By law, we need to see your license on your very first lesson.

No, you can start your lessons at any time, and you do not have to have passed your theory test before you start your practical lessons. We offer access to the Theory Test Pro Programme for all our learners. Many of our learners have found revising for the theory while having practical lessons actually helps them understand aspects of the theory better. We would recommend that you study your theory whilst taking your practical driving lessons.

Yes, if you have any preference at all on who you would like to learn with, please let us know, and we will do everything we can to try and fit you into their diary as quickly as possible.

Your first lesson will be based on your current level of ability. Generally, if you have never driven before, your instructor will drive you to a suitable location to ensure your safety whilst getting used to the car. This might be in a car park or on a quiet road. You will then go through with your instructor setting the car up so that you are comfortable and in the correct position to drive, your instructor will then explain some of the basic controls of the car. We aim to get everybody driving on their first lesson, the focus being on moving off and stopping safely. Depending on the length of the lesson and your previous knowledge/experience you may start looking at gears and junctions too.

This depends on your diary and the instructor’s diary, for example many of our learner who study have week 1 & week 2 timetables. This means they need a different lesson time or day each week. Our instructors will do their best to accommodate your availability each week to ensure you receive a weekly lesson.