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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 yesterday via mobile

As a HP enthusiast, this is beautiful. You can see where they got the inspiration from. Even as a non-HP enthusiast, you'll think it's pretty. Lots of little boutiques and HP themed shops, which is clever.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 55caseyw
Reviewed yesterday

The response on our Instagram stories was immense asking if we were in an Eastern European city... But no this is on our doorstep in the heart of Yorkshire. Excellent for the Harry Potter fans among us.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank totalwingman
Reviewed yesterday

All Christmas decorations up love the shambles really lovely everything you need is there was really busy obviously with it being Xmas love it

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank yvonnemb56
Reviewed yesterday

Walking around the Shambles is like stepping into a scene from A Christmas Carol, or Harry Potter. The old buildings, the unique shapes and the cobble stones make this a must see if you visit York and make sure you have your camera ready!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Barb M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A small street which the shops take you back in time. Harry Potter fans would love it gift shops well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely little shops in The Shambles ...we went while the Christmas markets were on ...you could not move there were so many people ...but that just added to the atmosphere loved it !

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Darcey008
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Every December we visit York to shop in the Christmas markets and walk down the Shambles. It’s like going back in time and into the history of York. There is no other street like it, the cobblestone pavement, the fantastic buildings almost touching each other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DavidJohnHunter
Reviewed yesterday

Really nice like going back in time very nice place to visit this time of year if your in York it's a must

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ezra m
Reviewed yesterday

Even though the atmosphere was riding high with visitors from far and ide, the shambles maintained its air of history and quaintness. It’s vibrant enthused shops and historical buildings, adorned closely by the York Minster is a beautiful setting to enjoy this festive time of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David M
Reviewed yesterday

A lovely walk around York is always lovely..the Shambles is a must with the over hanging houses, so pretty. Lots of different shops, homemade sweets, cakes, cheeses...

Date of experience: November 2018
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18 September 2018|
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Response from niceone2 | Reviewed this property |
Half way along I asked guide to point them out.
Ian C
9 March 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.
24 October 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.