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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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  • Afternoon Tea at The Earl Grey Tea House, visiting the outdoor market, taking photos of many of the interesting and unique little shops was so much fun!  more »
  • A fabulous historical street, with a rather medieval past, it is where all the animals where butchered, hence the gullies where the blood ran down. But never,ess a very interesting and historic place ...  more »
  • I first came here in 1980's with my friend , lovely little shops and a market , it's the first time for my husband he enjoyed it in fact we have been there twice in this last week  more »
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  • Beautiful is the only word that comes to mind. Quirky cottages, narrow winding lanes that have cobbles make the trip to the Shambles a memorable one. A must visit if you are in York.
  • Great place to stroll through. Lovely shops and very cool architecture. There is often live entertainers in the square at the end Make sure you get a hot chocolate from the chocolate shop. They are delicious, make old style with real chocolate and you get a free chocolate as a taster as well.
  • Wonderful part of town, though there are other buildings and sections that have a similar feel. Still, the Shambles has buildings that lean inwards a bit more than the rest, winding streets and little alley ways. A great place to explore. There are lots of sweet and chocolate shops, but Roly's Fudge Pantry makes really good fudge. You can watch it being made.
  • Quaint shops. Everyone worth the time to look at even if only window shopping. Lots of antique and niche shops that you don't see anywhere else. Good for a visit
  • Great little shops with a wide range of variety of products. Great for tourists and locals just wanting to mooch around. For tourists would advise to have a camera to hand as plenty of little surprises on the buildings and they stand.

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Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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