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Shambles

York YO1 7LZ, England
+44 1904 500750
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“harry potter” (598 reviews)
“quaint shops” (371 reviews)
“diagon alley” (288 reviews)
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York YO1 7LZ, England
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"harry potter"
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"quaint shops"
in 371 reviews
"diagon alley"
in 288 reviews
"individual shops"
in 163 reviews
"lovely street"
in 148 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 206 reviews
"historic street"
in 125 reviews
"shops selling"
in 119 reviews
"step back in time"
in 317 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 418 reviews
"steeped in history"
in 132 reviews
"fudge"
in 241 reviews
"when visiting york"
in 139 reviews
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Reviewed today

Now that I know the origin and meaning of "what a shambles" life will never be the same!! The street now has Harry Potter fame, of course... but I found the historic use of the street, the overhanging upper floor and the planter boxes (not)...More

Thank Jan G
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Reviewed today

A large number of small shops and a market made this heaven for my wife. When you have finished shopping there are a lot of eating and drinking places too

Thank DenisJ20
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Reviewed today

This narrow street is amazing. Nothing has been done over the years to spoil it or to modernise it. Very busy . Some very interesting shops too. Loved it.

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Reviewed today

Loved our visit to the Shambles. Can see where Harry Potter’s DiagonAlley got the idea from. The hustle and bustle was great and the history of the place comes alive here. Well worth the visit!

Thank Tylionel
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love this little stretch of history. The Ghost Hunt started here, and that made it easy to find. Very near the square where the men dance.

Thank WalkingInLA
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful historical street, very busy and th of tourists but once the shops close it is worth going back to get a people free picture. A couple of Harry Potter themed shops with long queues to get in!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amazing area to explore. Hard to resist picking up at least something from one of the many shops to be found. For those With a sweet tooth, you must pop into one of the fudge shops. Ambling in The Shambles is a...More

Thank diatom3
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Be careful when you go. A Saturday night was full of drunks and bums and beggars. It’s a stain on the town with very little police presence. That’s said returning later it was much better when all the shops were open. I wish our hotel...More

Thank Steve A
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Shambles are one of many old, narrow, winding Streets in the centre of the historic City of York. The atmosphere is great, you feel like you have taken A step back in history (were it not for all the tourists). If you are A...More

Thank DBDK79
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Shambles in York to experience the old cobbled streets of what medieval York used to be like. Their is a wide variety of quirky shops, cafe, bars and restaurants all slotted in to a tight space. Their is a local food market...More

Thank BAHPANTS
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Ian C
March 9, 2018|
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Response from Phil P | Property representative |
A number of the shops have step free entrances. That said, shops are small and the narrow cobbled street can be difficult to navigate.
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S-reet1
October 24, 2017|
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Response from thewonderwitch0 | Reviewed this property |
There is Gert & Henry's which is closest to the Shambles, also The Blue Boar (where Dick Turpins body was laid to rest in the cellar, you can eat your dinner in the cellar) and Slug & Lettuce near the bridge is very quirky.
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Biscuit09
May 6, 2017|
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Response from ChrisPduck2 | Reviewed this property |
The best thing to do when going to York is to use the Park and Ride facility. I think there are four and they cover most directions that you would drive into York by. Parking in town is short stay only and a complete pain... More
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