Clarks Village & Street
In A Nutshell
Retail therapy in the heart of Somerset. Probably the most dog friendly shopping in the UK. Street is primarily known as the site of the Clarks Village, the former Clarks factory site now converted to a open plan retail outlet
Parking and Pooping
Street is on the A39 south of Bristol, between Shepton Mallet and Bridgewater. Unless your arriving from the east, the fastest route is normally from the M5, with the town approx 20 mins drive from the motorway exit.
Ample parking is provided at the shopping village at a charge (£3 for 5 hours) and whilst there is grass around the car park there is also plenty of grass areas around the outlet. Toilets for mum and dad are at the entrance and throughout the outlet too.
The Clarks Village is very dog friendly, with broad arcades, plenty of grass areas, plentiful benches and canopies, so it's a great place to visit whatever the weather. Many of the shops are happy to accept dogs inside too, but it's always best to ask. The whole site is traffic free, except for a crossing over a quiet road to the 2nd section of the outlet.
Keeping The Humans Amused
Shopping is the key event here, with the outlet offering a wide range of high st and designer brands with a good mix of clothes, accessories and homeware. There is a play area for kids and if you want a little history, you can visit the shoe museum for free, which documents the history of shoes and the development of the Clarks business.
With the outlet being so attractive, It's easy to miss the actual town of Street. You can walk through to the High St from the outlet, where you'll find the usual mix of regular small town shops, charity shops and a few individual boutiques too.
The outlet has a number of options for lunch, ranging from sandwiches from Pret to full meals from Frankie and Benny's, all with covered outdoor seating to make it easy with pup. There are also plenty of coffee and doughnut stands around the outlet, with plentiful cafe seating as well as hot pasties, pastries and cakes to keep you going.