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York Shambles, York
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Take a stroll down one of Britain's most atmospheric streets, York Shambles. This narrow, cobblestoned pedestrian thoroughfare features numerous timber-framed buildings, with some dating back to the 14th century. Many years ago, the street primarily housed butcher shops. Today, you'll find charming shops, cafes, and restaurants. Stop at the House of Margaret Clitherow to learn the story of York's famous 16th-century Catholic martyr. Afterward, drink tea and eat scones in the oak-beamed Earl Grey Tea Rooms. If you have British heritage, head to the York Heraldic Centre to find your family's coat of arms. The street can be quite busy with tourists--morning visitors may have a quieter time. Put York Shambles into our York travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Charming but very small, blink and you have passed through it. Remember you will probably be shoulder to shoulder 
  • Since I got on the bus I was already excited! I always have seen the shambles on pictures. Always wanted to go. When you get there is another thing! Is more beautiful! The colors are vivid and the peo...  more »
  • I took a nice little walk through the shambles on the way to the York Minster. Actually stopped and bought some gifts on one of the shops even though I'm not much for shopping. Delightful old walk. 
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  • Busy but great! Some nice shops and it looks quite cool. It is very nice and I would say that if your visiting York then you should walk down it.
  • Great town to see. A few streets full of little shops, old builduings full of character. It is amazing to walk there. You never want to stop. It could get a little busy sometimes as there are a lot of tourists.
  • Beautiful place to walk round. Plenty of history and quirky architecture up and down this street. Amazing food places all over the place, the smells are delicious as you walk round. Very, very overcrowded at times and very narrow so you may struggle to stop and take it all in at busy times.
  • Kinda hard to review a whole street, but I have to admit I found it a little anticlimatic after being told we "have to visit" the shambles by so many people. Yes it's a quirky, cute street but it's mainly full of tacky tourist shops selling London fridge magnets and postcards of the royal family.
  • Awesome and quaint. Plenty of shops to choose from. If you've not visited The Shambles before, the buildings are original and in places you can touch both sides of the shops from the upstairs windows.