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York Shambles, York

Categories: Neighborhoods, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The most photographed street in the world. Thousands today of all nationalities taking them. Buildings with quaint and unique shops. What's not to like about this street. But the whole of this area ha...  read more »
  • Wonderful old streets, tiny back alleys, stop in at any pub for a beer and people watch. Can get crowded and avoid the touristy stores. 
  • We visited the shambles today whilst in York and really enjoyed our look around. I'd highly recommend a visit if you are in York. We visited a mix of shops and the market and picked up some lovely bar...  read more »
  • Lovely street with lots of quaint little shops. Worth a visit but it's quite busy and access for prams/buggies can be quite difficult even without all the people walking along the street.
  • On the 20th of July around 7pm, my partner and I got into the Shambles Tavern in York. We took sit and I went to the bar to order our drinks, meanwhile my partner was sat and waiting for me. There were a couple of British costumers at the bar area having a chat with the barman. That one was a mature man (I don´t know if he was the owner or an employee) and there was other young waiter around there. I started to notice some kind of joking behaviour from the barman towards me, however I ignored it. Once I ordered my drinks, I gave to the barman a £20 note for paying, and he asked me if I had 50 pence which it was weird to me. However, I had to cross whole the pub up to my table and to look for some coins in my handbag. When I returned to the bar area the barman had all the change ready for me, so no coins were needed. So, I wasted my time going and coming. Meanwhile I was keeping my change into my purse I realised that the barman and the 2 customers were laughing improperly. I grabbed my drinks and finally I asked him where the toilets were located. They all laughed again, and the barman told to the young assistant and to the 2 customers, "and now she´s asking for the toilets", going on mumbling about me or my question while I was leaving the bar area. We really felt totally upset and mistreated by those people.We are polite and cultured people, we never had similar negative experience in other pubs during 5 years in England. Seriously, these kinds of attitudes are totally unacceptable and they show a total lack of respect towards non-British residents and customers as we are. We would like to point out that the racism is classified as an offence and the Brexit´s outcome doesn´t means that some people can mock and belittle other people whenever they want, freely and without impunity. Given that, we won't recommend the Shambles Tavern to any of our friends or colleagues and European Tour Operators with whom we usually work.
  • Not much not to love about the Shambles.The buildings lurch and lean over onto the street below.The old world charm, the variety of shops and places to eat.Wonderful place.
  • Beautiful street with original buildings in it, some quaint little shops and a brilliant market just round the corner. As the street is so small it gets crowded very quickly.
  • Always love the Shambles. Love York. Childhood, Uni, and Now. It has History Love Warmth and everything to anyone visiting. Lots see, lots shops crafts etc...
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