Located in the south of Ireland roughly halfway between Waterford and Limerick, Clonmel is a small, relatively remote town accessible via the N24. This road loops around the northern perimeter of Clonmel, with the test venue located in the town centre. Please be aware that the testing site is located within the Ulster Bank building on O’Connell Street. Given its proximity to the town centre, there are numerous parking options available.
Westgate Car Park
Please note that this facility only accommodates 45 vehicles at any given moment. Therefore, please keep this in mind on test day, and ensure you have an alternative car park lined up (site listed below is a decent substitute).
Although this unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, charges only apply between set, operational hours. These are Monday-Saturday, 8.30am-6.30pm. Parking outside of this timeframe is not subjected to any ticket fees.
This car park has a maximum stay threshold of 4 hours. However, given its closeness to the test centre, this will be more than ample time to head to the venue, conduct your test, and return to your vehicle well before your ticker elapses. Parking is charged at €1.20 per hour. To pay, you’ll be able to use cash, or take advantage of the Tipperary e-Parking payment service. If keen to pay by phone, please call this line on 1890-800-420, and quote the site’s Location ID (2504).
Disabled spaces are available at this facility.
The onwards journey to the test centre is extremely short, and should take you less than two minutes. Please exit the car park onto Grubb’s Ct, and turn left. At the junction, head right onto O’Connell Street, and continue east for around 175m. As mentioned, the venue is located within the Ulster Bank Building, which will be on your right-hand side.
Gordon Place Car Park
If Westgate Car Park is full, the 100 spaces available at Gordon Place should provide a suitable parking alternative. This site also operates a condensed, chargeable hours approach, and times where these are operational are exactly the same as the Westgate facility.
However, parking is slightly cheaper here, charged at rate of €1 per hour. Furthermore, fees are capped at €3.50. Therefore, if planning to extend your stay in Clonmel a little longer, this might be the more economical car park to use. Again, you’ll be able to make payment via cash or the Tipperary e-Parking line. Telephone the same number, but this time reference Location ID, 2505.
This site accommodates disabled parking, and also has electronic vehicle charging facilities.
The car park is located a little further away form the test venue, but you should still be able to navigate this route within five minutes. Head east on Peter Street, turning right at the first possible opportunity, allowing you to arrive onto Wolfe Tone Street. Continue southbound for approximately 100m, before turning left onto O’Connell Street. Advance eastbound for around 150m; the test centre will be on your right.
Further local parking facilities can be found on the relevant Parkopedia webpage.
Unfortunately, public transport services heading into Clonmel are extremely limited. There is only one external bus service available to use, which is the number 55 route.
This transit line operates between Waterford and Limerick in an east/west direction, and stops at three destinations within Clonmel. Please make sure you exit the bus at Queen Street, as alighting at South Tipperary Hospital, or indeed Clonmel Bus Station, will add time onto your onwards journey.
To access the test site from Queen Street bus stop, head east for roughly 75m, before turning right onto Bolton Street. Progress southward, linking up with Mary Street as you pass the William Street turning. When you reach the O’Connell Street junction, please head left and continue for about 50m. Ulster Bank will be on your right-hand side. This journey will take approximately five minutes.
If you’re a resident of Clonmel or live extremely nearby, you may be able to take advantage of its local bus network. If doing so, please either head for the Queen Street bus stop, or one of the alternative destinations highlighted below:
- Gladstone Street bus stop: This site is located about a three-minute walk from the testing venue. Head south on Gladstone Street, turning right at the O’Connell Street junction. From here, progress westbound for 150m; the centre will be on your left-hand side.
- Army Barracks bus stop: The venue is a straight-forward westward walk from this bus stop. Head along Davis Street, allowing the road to firstly morph into Parnell Street, and then Mitchell Street. At the end of this road, turn left and then immediately right, which will give you access to O’Connell Street. The route converges here with the journey taken from the Gladstone Street bus stop. Therefore, continue on O’Connell Street for 150m, noting the Ulster Bank building emerging on your left-hand side.
- Bus Station: We would encourage you to avoid a trip through to the bus station, as this would mean encountering a lengthy onwards journey to the test site. However, if this is unavoidable, please be aware that bus routes from the station do not pass in close proximity to the test centre. Therefore, if you’re uncomfortable walking the one-kilometre distance from station to venue, it may be worth looking to arrange a taxi.
We’ve listed several local cab companies to help you:
- Forde Cabs Clonmel Taxi Service: 51 Wheatfields, Ardgeeha, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 A335 (Contact number: +353 87 057 1833)
- Smith Cabs: 24 O’Rahilly Avenue, Burgagery-Lands East, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 K599 (Contact number: +353 86 052 9500)
- Noelie Cabs: Glenoaks Cl, Garryshane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Contact number: +353 86 200 6699)
If planning to walk from the station to the test site, please follow the travel guidance below:
Please exit the station by turning right, and heading towards the roundabout on Thomas Street. Take the first junction, and travel south down Prior Park Road. After 500m, this road will merge with Upper Gladstone Street, which will then morph into Gladstone Street. At this point, the route converges with the journey from the Gladstone bus stop. Therefore, please refer back to the notes above.
There is one bus service which will shave around seven minutes off your walking time. If this is enough to tip the scales in favour of public transport, then please see onwards travel instructions below:
Take the 245 Cork route from the bus station. Please exit at the service’s first stop, which is South Tipperary Hospital. From here, head east on Western Road for around 300m, before turning right onto Grattan Place. Continue south onto O’Neill Street. At the end of the road, turn left onto O’Connell Street, and advance eastbound for 250m. The Ulster Bank will be on your right-hand side.
Clonmel Train Station sits on the Waterford – Limerick line, and offers connecting services to Dublin, Cork, and Galway. The station building is located adjacently to Clonmel Bus Station, so for travel options/directions from here to the test venue, please consult the information above.
Departure and arrival times are available via the Irish Rail website, which can be accessed by clicking the following link.
The centre operates between the following hours:
- Monday-Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
- Saturday: 9.00am-2.00pm
- Please note that this site is closed on a Sunday.