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The Shambles

Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
+44 871 266 3676
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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 street, attracting tourist, shoppers and business clients.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“quaint shops” (299 reviews)
“diagon alley” (172 reviews)
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Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
+44 871 266 3676
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of great little shops here - sweets, souvenirs, books, bakery, gifts etc. It does resemble Diagon Alley! There's a busy market which runs off one of the little streets. The Shambles itself eventually leada up to near York Minster. Plan your visit well -...More

Thank Aaron E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An absolute must-see on a trip to York. This ancient street is just charming - typically English. Beautiful shops, fudge pantries and coffee houses on either side and a Harry Potter shop that is extremely popular at the end. The buildings are so old that...More

Thank sambaliverbird
Reviewed yesterday

An absolutely gorgeous place to visit with lots of artisan shops, bakers and fun little treasures. Mathis is perfect for anyone who loves architecture, history or just shopping. The Harry Potter shop is also a must and the kids loved visiting this street which was...More

Thank Fiona L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was lovely walking down this quaint British street. The wonkiness of each individual building is wonderous to the eye! It really is a must see when is York.

Thank pootle-p
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting walk along an old world street. Lovely shops to explore.great fudge shop. Very narrow street and gets quite busy. A bit hard to get a large pushchair down.

Thank emcalgirl76
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a street full of lovely old buildings, which looks like it could have come from a Harry Potter film (there's even a Harry Potter themed shop there.) But that's basically it, everything else here us just tourist gift shops and cafe. Pretty disappointed.

Thank Nicefoodnowplease
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A walk down the Shambles is a 'must' when in York. It's full of little shops that you don't find in anywhere else. And then there's 'The Shop Which Cannot Be Named'. Magical!

Thank shysho
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Shambles is the oldest street in York with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally 'flesh-shelves'), the word for the shelves that butchers used...More

1  Thank chriswood72
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of my favourite parts of York. The buildings, cobbled roads and fascinating history. Plenty of shops, modern and old as wells as eateries and pubs. Lots to do and see. Loved it

Thank Ricky C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Narrow cobbly street adds to the ethos of the area with a lot of independent shops. Some good eateries dotted along its path.

Thank TheGuys9
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6 May 2017|
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Response from eleyskippy | Reviewed this property |
there is some parking in York, but none in the shambles
Lauren W
4 April 2017|
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Response from David W | Reviewed this property |
I think 530pm
Emma C
29 January 2017|
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Response from Russel A | Reviewed this property |
There are no horses. The open top busses mentioned are the same as in most large city's around the world. They are operated by citysightseeing com This is a global franchise and as mentioned they are very good at what they... More