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The Shambles

Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
0871 266 3676
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Ranked #8 of 131 attractions in York
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
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... more » 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. « less
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A pretty cobbled street, perfect for photographs! But hard to take any without other people in the way...

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I love the shambles! it feels like you are in an old english movie scene... cant get enough of walking the streets and taking in all the old buildings, some look like they are about to collapse! its just so picturesque and gorgeous

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It was fun to walk down the Shambles and picture what it must have been like when all of the storefronts were occupied by butchers. It's not hard to imagine, as long as you don't look at the current stores. We were pretty disappointed by the shopping selection, especially since we'd been told this street had a lot of unique,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Not quite as quaint as the other reviews made out when I got there, and full of the usual touristy shops, however all very pleasant, and full of English niceness, it's so true the further north you go in England the nicer the people!

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If your visiting York you must walk down this cobbled street . You can almost hear the history seeping out of the walls, look up and you will see roofs almost touching and walls that are curved and solid. This is one street that appeals to all sorts of people. There are shops, cafes and even a bar in this... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Shambles was originally a street of butchers shops - you can still see the hooks above some of the windows and the window sills are very wide as that was where the meat was displayed. In the summer it gets particularly busy and crowded. You will get the best photos before 8am or after 6pm, at lunchtimes you can... More

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York, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Come to York, walk the walls and see the Shambles. It is a beautiful place, even if the cobbles don't come up to Health and Safety standards. The shops are tiny and fascinating, particularly those in the old butchers' shops. Margaret Clitheroe's shrine is about half way down and is a good place to sit and contemplate the world. It... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you're visiting York the shambles are a must place to see. It is full of history with some famous stories within its walls. Can get crowded in summer months but when the sun hits the odd shaped walls of the buildings it's fascinating to imagine how they have seen so much in the past and what stories they are... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Shambles is the poster child of the tangle of medieval streets that make up the centre of York. Yes, they are all a bit commercialised, but everyone has to make a living, and it's not cheap to rent premises here. But there are lots on one-off and eccentric shops among the usual city-centre names. Not only in the Shambles,... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Shambles was once a street full of butchers, these days its a street full of souvenir shops. There are a number of interesting shops too. For example a glass blower, a coin and medal dealer and a couple of good bakers/sandwich shops. The photography opportunities are great. The only drawback is that there is little in the way of... More

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