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Address: Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
Phone Number: 0871 266 3676
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Description: Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the...
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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Loosing It's Charm

We enjoyed our brief stroll down this once quaint street, and we did not want to leave York without this experience. The street was narrow, the old buildings were haphazardly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our brief stroll down this once quaint street, and we did not want to leave York without this experience. The street was narrow, the old buildings were haphazardly shaped, the tourists, us included, seemed to be everywhere. We can imagine an evening stroll of ten or twenty or one hundred years ago, and we wished that was when... More 

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a fantastic walk through the shambles browsing at leisure at the old buildings that have at to the test of time It's always a pleasure to Saunter round in and out of the taking in the splendour On a sunny day there is simply nothing better

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I've lived in York all my life and I never get tired of walking down the shambles. It's such a quaint little street. There are tiny tea rooms and restaurants, little boutique shops and even a little tavern. If you are in York make sure you have a wander down this perfectly preserved medieval street, it's like walking back in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Only a small area but a glimpse if wbat York would have been like. Some nice independant shops but also a few typical high street ones which sort of spoils it a bit. Open air market stalls round the back with plenty of cafes and other places to eat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Spent hours wandering these quirky windy medieval streets with a visual delight around every corner and there are literally 100s of corners. A shopaholics paradise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The shambles takes you back in history its beautiful, it's a real treasure, an asset to York well worth a visit lots of little shops.

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely old street, but sadly becoming disappointing Unfortunately, gone are the antique shops, and bespoke shops, to be replaced by tourist products.It now lacks the original charm. Very sad really.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I didn’t spend much time in any of the little shops or café’s dotted on this fairly short street as I spent most of my time looking up at the overhanging floors. People had said if people on either side reached out to each other they would be touching. Interesting bit of history to the street in that it used... More 

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Filey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

So interesting with the ancient architectural buildings and olde worlde shops. Very narrow cobbled streets as in the days of samuel Pepys or Charles Dickens. Unusual gifts and jewellery can be purchased here and there are lots of specialists shops,public houses,restaurants, etc where you may buy something to eat and drink. a place i love to visit.Lots to see and... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you are in York then this is the heart of the city, you should be walking down here anyway as you have the cathedral and museums nearby, lots of nice places to eat and shop with that old look about the place! Very nice

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