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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. Before you head to York, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly York itinerary builder website , to make sure you see all that York has to offer, including York Shambles.
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  • Many well known high street store can be found here and certainly a nice selection of Yorkshire's own stores too.  more »
  • Looks pretty but can't see it well for all the people. Hard to get a picture as it so small and packed. People push you out of the way. Can't look in shop windows easily as you get shoved along in the...  more »
  • You cannot miss the Shambles on a trip to York. Fantastic. The history of the place overshemls you. We walked through a number of times over our weekend stay and the Shambles market was great too. You...  more »
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  • Very famous spot in York, but it's just a wee street in reality, so bring your own information if that's what you are here for. It's a honey pot for tourists and has the usual fudge and tourist shops on it. I just like the feel of it and spend most of my time looking at the blend of buildings and leftover architecture like the old meathooks and butcher table fronts.
  • Beautiful with quaint shops, including tea rooms, two Italian restaurants, bakeries, candy, and jewelry shops. The shambles tavern is great for a local ale. So cosy.
  • Would have been good back in the days before it was a major tourist attraction. Now it is majorly hyped and very expensive. It's absolutely packed full of holiday makers and you can barely walk through it.
  • A little disappointing as the houses did not "hang" over the street as much as expected. Quaint shops adorn each side of the street. Home made fudge shops, old sweat shops. cheese specialists, hand crafted jewellery shops, plenty of pubs and tea rooms and cafes. Pricing reflects the location and therefore comes at a premium. Still a pleasant walk
  • Absolutely loved visiting The Shambles, it's truly felt like you were transported back in time. Full of quaint little tea rooms and shops.

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