2. Northampton Shoe Museum
For centuries Northampton/Northants has been the centre of boot and shoemaking in the UK – the Doc Martin factory is 10 miles down the road and the famed English shoemakers Church’s and Jones are both still in the town. It’s only right, therefore, that one of the main attractions in Northampton is the Shoe Museum. Part of the Museum and Gallery of Art, the shoe collection is recognized as being historically and nationally significant. There are more than 12,000 shoes and a massive historical archive of 50,000 records.