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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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York YO1 7LZ, England
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Reviewed today

Lovely streets to wander through with old Worlde buildings and independent traders - lovely - a must see- I could have spent hours getting lost !

Thank Solohobbit
Reviewed today

This is so quaint and a great place to shop, quite " Olde ". There are even 3 Wizarding shops. The best for me was the Gin shop just a bit further on.

Thank magsfairy
Reviewed today

We ambled through these streets while taking in the old city of York during a recent visit. It's quite easy to imagine yourself having stepped back in time when visiting here. A nice option to add to the list when visiting the city.

Thank Grant H
Reviewed today via mobile

We had a few days in york the shambles is beautiful and plenty of coffee / tea rooms to eat in. We enjoy the street performers and it was very easy to get around york best pick up a street map as there are so...More

Thank Claire R
Reviewed today

only a couple of streets but amazing place and in the centre is the earl grey tea rooms with the best leaf tea in York. also worth seeing are the harry potter themed shops and i recommend a ghost walk

Thank Carl H
Reviewed today via mobile

It literally looks like diagon alley from Harry Potter - medieval winding streets with little shops, and the huge Minster looming up above it. Unfortunately I could barely get any pictures as it was swarmed with tourists - literally ruined it. I imagine coming here...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We went a seperate times during the morning, afternoon and evening - but its always too crowded to really appreciate the street scene. The individual shops and bars are interesting and of course very touristy that takes away some of the authenticity.

Thank ScenerySteve
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Some quirky and interesting shops, a lovely atmosphere and a beautiful setting. Lots of Harry Potter shops, chocolate shops and a lovely teddy bear shop!

Thank mishmashharding
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Worth visiting. Quaint with little shops of all natures. You don't get much more of Old World English than this where medieval times meets the present. Step back in time through these little narrow cobbled streets.

Thank lynnmcdonald25
Reviewed yesterday

A 'must visit' part of York for everyone. Its quaint narrow passageway gives a flavour of days gone by and hosts a range of specialist shops and unique outlets. Harry Potter fans will love it!!

Thank Glyn F
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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.
October 24, 2017|
Response from thewonderwitch0 | Reviewed this property |
There is Gert & Henry's which is closest to the Shambles, also The Blue Boar (where Dick Turpins body was laid to rest in the cellar, you can eat your dinner in the cellar) and Slug & Lettuce near the bridge is very quirky.
May 6, 2017|
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Response from ChrisPduck2 | Reviewed this property |
The best thing to do when going to York is to use the Park and Ride facility. I think there are four and they cover most directions that you would drive into York by. Parking in town is short stay only and a complete pain... More