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The Shoe Museum

40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
+44 1458 842243
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Im not a shoe fan but a friend wanted to visit and asked me along. I was surprisingly interested... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Glastonbury, United Kingdom
Nice little free museum

Great little museum on the site of the old Clarks factory, actually just outside (its now an outlet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul S
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The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and Medieval footwear. It also tells the history of Clarks from its beginnings when it was started by Quaker brothers James and Cyrus Clark to the present day.Items on display include embroidered satin Georgian shoes, Victorian button boots, Roman sandals, shoes from around the world, and the last designed for Princess Diana's wedding slipper. There are also Clarks shoes starting from the 19th century and posters and show cards including designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer who also worked on designs for the London Underground in 1915.There is also a reconstructed 19th century outworker's cottage interior.There are family trails available and a children's corner.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
+44 1458 842243
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Im not a shoe fan but a friend wanted to visit and asked me along. I was surprisingly interested, some of the exhibits are amazing. Its not very big and you can do the whole thing in half an hour

Thank pinkcombats
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little museum on the site of the old Clarks factory, actually just outside (its now an outlet village), well worth a visit, especially if the other half is into shoes (and who's isn't) or to kill a bit of time when you have had...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small museum but fascinating. There is a general section on the history of shoes and one devoted to Clarks shoes. This brought back childhood memories. There are craft activities for children and a qustion trail and dressing up for them as well. The receptionist...More

Thank fkw1
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The museum is a shoemaking trip through time. The exhibits are in chronological order and give a very interesting insight into shoes and shoemaking over the years. Some are interesting, some are unusual and some raise a smile. Well worth a visit.

Thank SomersetStephen
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

A bit of shoe history in the heart of Somerset. Clarks shoes have been part of the fabric of Street since the early 1800's. With businesses growing around this industry from tanning to transportation. Street has a large population of over 13,000 residents. Some stunning...More

Thank Laura W
MuseumOfficer, Manager at The Shoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review Laura. We just want to put the record straight that Clarks didn't make Princess Diana's wedding shoes but that they did make the lasts which were used to make the shoes, and we have one of these on display...More

Reviewed 2 June 2017

Saw a very small advert for this in a hotel magazine and decided to take a trip out. Well worth a visit. It is small, but they have lots of shoes, beautifully displayed and it is really nostalgic walking around and remembering shoes that you...More

1  Thank EssexDizzy
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This free museum has an amazing collection of shoes and other Clarks memorabilia. If you are bored of shopping in the outlets it is worth popping in for a browse.

Thank squashbear
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Not huge but interesting especially if you love shoes! Staff are friendly and entry is free with the option to give donations. Look out for free holiday activities and events as always enjoyable!

Thank TNel123
Reviewed 22 May 2017

A fantastic museum displaying artefacts and telling the story of the sadly no closed Clarkes shoe factory in Somerset.Well worth the visit and its free as well!

Thank Cobtree
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Excellent. Every shoe style possible dating back centuries. Well worth a visit, would recommend this to anyone!

Thank ceanda
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22 June 2017|
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Response from Sue W | Reviewed this property |
I was staying in Wells and got a bus directly to Street which was very convenient & took about 20 minutes. The museum is easy to find at the end of the main shopping area & next to the Clarks designer shopping outlet/village.
Susan M
31 March 2017|
Response from Sue W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the main shops, Clarks outlet village & then the museum are all on the main high street in Street- all in easy walking distance.
Sue R
17 February 2016|
Response from MuseumOfficer | Property representative |
The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10am-4.45pm.