We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (3,198)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“harry potter”(893 reviews)
“quaint shops”(397 reviews)
“diagon alley”(370 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
As featured in 3 Days in York
11 Shambles, York YO1 7LZ, England
+44 1904 500750
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Shambles
from $67.24
More Info
from $19.50
More Info
from $79.34
More Info
from $100.86
More Info
Reviews (13,867)
Filter reviews
13,171 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews harry potter quaint shops diagon alley individual shops lovely street historic street narrow streets shops selling step back in time worth a visit steeped in history fudge when visiting york tourists stroll pubs character
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 13,171 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A quaint stroll down the shambles is a given when you visit York. You must take photos and pop into the curiosity shops.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LouLouTravel74
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lively and pleasant. Plenty to look at and do. Street food smells lovely. Highly recommend but wear suitable footwear as cobbles sore in feet

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank paulaN9418ZA
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a fantastic piece of history with plenty of fascinating buildings and shops. Lots of variety of eating venues on the market. The beauty of this place is that it is FREE to wander around for as long as u like.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 933timothys
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Now, don’t get me wrong, I too love ‘Harry Potter’, but when the amazing art supply store that use to take up a small slice of the shambles disappears to be replaced with what seems to be a load of Harry Potter memorabilia, I find...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Erin R
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a very nice area of York and a must visit for the visitor. Wonderful old buildings with a great variety of businesses selling all manner o& 5hings

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Helen K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Intresting place to visit, lots of shops with Harry Potter type stuff, some weird and wacky shops too worth a visit

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ultimatesi
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice walk through the shambles while visiting York Minster. Very narrow uneven streets add to the ambiance. Only complaint would be lack of local chocolate shops. Worth a look while you are here.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 166russelle
Reviewed 2 days ago

Some unique shops and a must see in any visit to York. Good atmosphere with street performers and cafe's [expensive]

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GS1706
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Brilliantly preserved and gives a real feel of how York looked in the middle ages. Lots of curio shops, places to eat and drink and a unique setting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Keverton1878
Reviewed 3 days ago

Good to see , excellent range of shops a little bit different from the norm. A must on a Sunday as there is a large market .

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mathew_king
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 46 nearby hotels
Hilton York
3,327 reviews
.22 miles away
Park Inn by Radisson York
2,673 reviews
.23 miles away
The Judges Lodging
1,284 reviews
.24 miles away
Dean Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection
1,962 reviews
.24 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,029 nearby restaurants
Los Moros
404 reviews
.03 miles away
Nukkad - Indian Street Food
101 reviews
.03 miles away
Shambles Kitchen
738 reviews
.03 miles away
Shambles Tavern
670 reviews
.02 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 444 nearby attractions
York's Chocolate Story
4,927 reviews
.04 miles away
Shambles Market
199 reviews
.02 miles away
Margaret Clitherow Shrine
64 reviews
.01 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Chloe h
January 14, 2019|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from YorksUKYorksUK | Reviewed this property |
It is always busy at weekends. It is quieter early morning or late evening but the shops won’t be open. Between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm it is busy with Ghost Tours.
September 18, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from niceone2 | Reviewed this property |
Half way along I asked guide to point them out.
Ian C
March 9, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from gillycraig11 | Reviewed this property |
Not really during busy times, narrow cobbled street, kerb up to shops and cafes.