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The Shambles

Address: Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
Phone Number: 0871 266 3676
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Ranked #7 of 129 Attractions in York
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the city centre of York with a...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Other, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I've been to York many times. My family on my Mum's side are from York in fact. Have wandered the Shambles quite a lot. It was always a must do when we visited, with some interesting shops and eateries in days gone by. I liked the fact that you could go to the Market & dip through the alleys and... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Well worth seeing, but best with a guide who can explain the history of the street. The meat hooks at the front of the shops can still be seen and there is a very interesting shrine. Cobbled street with a number of reasonable shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I just love the atmosphere of Old England, the narrow street, the very old crooked houses, charming shops. Unfortunately it is likely to get very busy during the peak tourist period.

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you're traveling to York, visiting The Shambles is a must! The street is very well preserved, and there are many shops along the street as well. You can really see how it helped inspire Diagon Alley of Harry Potter. There are also many restaurants and tea rooms that are worth trying. I personally like the Earl Grey Tea Rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Have been to York several times and the Shambles has to my fave place. We love all the little quirky shops, tea rooms and restaurants. The buildings are amazing how they almost touch each other at the top. My daughter came with us this time and she also said The Shambles was her favourite place in York, especially all the... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A beautiful area of York. It is a historical area with beautiful old buildings. It has some lovely shops (including some old style sweet shops) and it also has the Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow,one of the English Maters, which is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I love the shambles and all its history, from the narrow lanes to the historic small shops which seem to sell everything the visitor desires.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A trip to York would not be complete without a walk down the Shambles. Can get very busy. It's only narrow. The shop are great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I don't enjoy shopping but I totally enjoyed walking around this area, lots of small, individual shops, highly enjoyable coffee in one of the quaint outlets. It was December and it was busy, can just imagine how crowded it would be during the height of the summer tourist season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

It's nice that a big city has kept a feature so old. It really deal feel like you are in the "old ages"!

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