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The Shoe Museum

40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
+44 1458 842243
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Well worth a visit !! Free as well . Staff very informative. Gives an insight to the history of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Visiting Bath but stayed in Street

Was staying the night in Street and in the morning came across the Clark shoe museum . Free entry... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
St Bees, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
+44 1458 842243
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit !! Free as well . Staff very informative. Gives an insight to the history of clarks in street .

Thank ELaine170
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Was staying the night in Street and in the morning came across the Clark shoe museum . Free entry to an excellent presentation of the doe industry. Loads of exhibits with shoes recognised from my childhood . Plenty of interaction for kids included ,

Thank Y3363HArichardw
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Wow! Some really beautiful exhibits in here. A wonderful history of our footwear through the years. I especially liked the ones from the Art Deco period. It's a shame that Clark's shoes are no longer made in Great Britain, but there are plans 'afoot' to...More

Thank somersetroadq
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fascinating displays of footwear in a timeline that takes you through the ages and set out in such a way as to suit all ages. Free entry and well worth a visit.

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 6 September 2017

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

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 16 August 2017 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 17 August 2017

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
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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.