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The Shoe Museum

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Address: 40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
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The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and...

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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This museum offers an interesting insight into the history of the shoe and shoe making. Its not just about Clarks shoes! The exhibits are well laid out and it a great free... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Somerset, United Kingdom
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum offers an interesting insight into the history of the shoe and shoe making. Its not just about Clarks shoes! The exhibits are well laid out and it a great free attraction

1 Thank Bikelovertoo
Cessnock, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Our friends in Somerset suggested that we visit the museum. We wish that we could have spent more time there as it was absolutely fascinating. Many thanks to Clarks for retaining and showing an important segment of history. Very close-by is a Factory Outlet.

1 Thank OzWinelover
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

A surprising exhibition that was fallen upon by accident. So much in a small place. So very much to see well worthy of a few hours if nearby.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We had trouble finding this museum, which was not helped by somebody turning the only sign in Street so it was facing the wrong way. The map in the shopping village made no mention of this attraction. It was very interesting and full of artifacts.

1 Thank alisonHereford
North East Coast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The actual museum was closed when we called but some objects are in the factory's reception are and the very knowledgeable and friendly receptionist let us in to look. Will definitely come back to see the whole thing, if passing that way again. General ambiance of Street as an Arts and Crafts factory town most interesting.

1 Thank GillyPNorthEastCoast
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

The Shoe Museum is a sweet little place tucked behind the shopping outlet across the road from the open air pool. We went on Saturday 29th October and as well as an interesting 2 floors of shoe history (including a Roman sandal) the museum also had children's activities and Halloween masks etc to make. My boys had a lovely half... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a little gem hidden away in a corner of the Clarks headquarters. It has a great range of shoes and posters charting Clarks' history in the UK and all over the world. One of the most fascinating displays features shoes created for Mexico's Day of the Dead festivals - macabre but ingenious. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank Snowbird52
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I just happened to spot it in one of those leaflets you pick up, so thought I'd take a look. I wasn't disappointed … wish I'd had longer, but I was in the final hour before they closed. Staff friendly and welcoming, then just let you browse at your own pace. Tons to look at. I thought I knew shoes... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

After walking around the Outlet Village, we strolled into Street to The Shoe Museum as we had seen it was free admission. No enquiry as to if you would make a donation. Set on 2 floors, it shows the history of shoe making and that of the Clarks company. Many examples of shoes throughout the time although mainly ladies shoes.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Interwsting bit of info on the back ground of street. Was interesting, however some what small which was disapointing.

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