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Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the city centre of York with a long and interesting past. Dating Back to Medieval times it was once the street of the Butcher Shops. Today the Shambles is Europe's most visited...more
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11 Shambles, York YO1 7LZ, England
+44 1904 500750
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Reviewed today via mobile

Some excellent street food on offer but there were no outside heaters on Sunday 20th January and the outside temperature was around 2 degrees.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Venture663202
Reviewed yesterday

Fascinating buildings, nice shops. Clean and tidy. Interesting characters around in particular the ghost hunt guide

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Judith20192019
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Shop that must not be named in The Shambles. Didn’t expect to find that! Good selection of HP goods and not overpriced .

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shirley61281
Reviewed 2 days ago

Love the tightly packed streets which are full of character. Most street names end in gate which denotes that it has Viking heritage. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you will find a number of very good shops on a street similar to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WHW_Walker
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have been going to The Shambles for about 20 years and its has always been a place well worth visiting and to step back in time as the buildings are all medieval and full of character. I visited this amazing place yesterday and was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really great area you can spend loads of time walking around. The guided tours are very good and very informative or you can go into lots of interesting buildings and read the information for yourself

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 704christinet
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Get up early if you want to take pictures as the street gets very busy Harry Potter fans you will absolutely be in heaven also Viking fans it's so amazing and if you get there early you feel like you stepped back in time you....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would recommend a visit during the week as crowds are large at the weekend but the Shambles is well worth a visit if you love history and architecture. The shops here are expensive though but you can pick up a bargain if you shop...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tony_Osborne
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must see place of York - the shambles are straight out of Harry Potter & fun. Must try the bread shop there but be quick as they sell out fast & when they have sold out, that’s it, nothing more can be bought

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tom_SLA
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The shambles are lovely, lots of hidden gems and pubs, quaint little stores! Definitely worth a wander and take your time around the shops!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Chloe h
January 14, 2019|
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Response from YorksUKYorksUK | Reviewed this property |
It is always busy at weekends. It is quieter early morning or late evening but the shops won’t be open. Between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm it is busy with Ghost Tours.
September 18, 2018|
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Response from niceone2 | Reviewed this property |
Half way along I asked guide to point them out.
Ian C
March 9, 2018|
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Response from Phil P | Property representative |
A number of the shops have step free entrances. That said, shops are small and the narrow cobbled street can be difficult to navigate.