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The Shambles

Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
0871 266 3676
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Ranked #7 of 116 Attractions in York
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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, 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

lots of independent retailers in a pretty and old fashioned street lovely atmosphere we purchased from a shop, very helpful and not rushed

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Christmas shopping in December, festive atmosphere, beautifully decorated. Christmas market stall, selling handcrafted gifts and produce

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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Fourth year walking the Shambles. Great. Historical. Margaret Clitheroes house. The whole street is good. Cafes, shops, eating places, interest. The cat shop has a walk that can be done - we didn't but if you didn't know York it may be worth following the trail. Lots to see in a small area.

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Corsham, England
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22 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

In England many towns have a street named "Shambles", the street in which during medieval times butchers would display their wares. These streets were usually on a gradient, and not far from a river or stream, in order that at the end of the day the street could be hosed down. The shambles in York, much of it dating for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Fantastic array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants set in a street full of hidden alleys, cobbles and roof tops that almost seem to be hanging in mid air and about 6 feet from their opposite neighbour. You can imagine the centuries past and the people who previously lived here. The Shambles is straight out of the history books and... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere of a bye gone age is created magnificently by the Shambles-highly recommended to any visitor to York.

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Essex,UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Every other review has spoken of the pretty street and the historic buildings, so I won't repeat all that good info but something that everyone should try to see is Margaret Clitherow's house in The Shambles. She was a Catholic martyr who was put to death for sheltering priests and having mass said, which was a treasonable crime in Mary... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely area full of old quaint shops. It is well signposted and well worth a look while in York.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The Shambles is a lovely experience full of quaint shops, great place to get gifts that are a little different.

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Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Lots of little shops selling all sorts of different things. Great at christmas with all the decorations. Ideal for finding unusual or different gifts.

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