Shambles

Shambles, York: Address, Phone Number, Shambles Reviews: 4.5/5

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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 tourists, shoppers and business clients.
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The Chef's Wife.
Norfolk, UK804 contributions
I visited here with my husband mid-week.
I have been several times before but he has never been.

There is no dedicated parking but it is right next to York Minster and in the centre so easy to find.

The Shambles is an amazing example of architecture from that time and the buildings all look very well preserved.

Unfortunately, what used to be a street of quirky and interesting shops that locals and tourists alike could use has now just become a Harry Potter themed street and shops full of overpriced junk for tourists.

It's a very busy street so you often will have to queue to enter shops and you will ALWAYS be in someone's way if you try to take photographs, look up at the buildings from a stood still position or want to look in shops.
But my late afternoon / early evening, it's dead and you can wander around easily.

The Shambles Market is worth a browse as this has become a bit of a 'hipster' paradise with Instagrammable (but often tasty) food outlets that aren't too expensive and some decent stalls.

If you visit York, you MUST go to The Shambles because the chance to see a street like this should not be missed. But the shops themselves are forgettable and it's such a shame the shops have lost the charm and variety of previous years.
Written October 10, 2021
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PETE & SU
Peterborough, UK150 contributions
Couples
Fantastic old buildings. Lots of independent shops along cobbled streets, like going back in time.
To see the Shambles and the rest of York I highly recommend using the park & ride. Buses every 12 minutes £3.50 a head but discount for groups, think 5 or more, as the 4 of us had 2 dogs we got discount £10 return for 4 people.
The market round the Shambles was also good with plenty of places to eat.
We love York.
Written June 2, 2021
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Tyke1961
North Wales357 contributions
I've walked through the Shambles many times, but on this trip I found, for the first time, the shrine of Margaret Clitherow open. Amazingly, given how busy the town was on a blazing hot day, I was able to sit quietly inside on my own for a full quarter of an hour. I'd never been inside before, and it was a really uplifting and restful place to stop for a short time. I know the story of the saint in question, and know my wider Tudor history pretty well too, but all the same actually being in that place for a time was both a learning and a rejuvenating experience. If you should find it open, step in, relax and let it move you.
Written July 14, 2022
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Worldtravel1992
United Kingdom633 contributions
Friends
Very quirky little street which is very Harry Potter orientated thus providing some very interesting shops. We only went in the Christmas shop which was in itself very busy. My review for this area would have been 5 stars if it were not for how busy it was - I wore a face covering whilst walking around the whole area because it was packed and there were very long queues to get in to most places. I’m sure if you visit in the week it would be more comfortable - I would avoid doing what we did and visiting on a weekend!
Written October 18, 2021
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Bill T
Columbus, OH347 contributions
Family
To be fair, we visited on a Friday and Saturday in June, so maybe off-season might be better.

It was what I was most looking forward to on our trip to York, and probably was my least favorite stop. The buildings are interesting, but the number of people, tour guides and queues for the ghost and Harry Potter shops all but eliminate any charm.

There was a shop that sold Whitby Jet, a petrified wood used to create beautiful black "gems" for jewelry. That was worth the stop.

My suggestion is to make your obligatory walk down it, try to get a pic (got lucky early Friday afternoon), then walk around the corner to the Shambles Market. Lots of great food and some interesting vendors. Then explore the many side streets with wonderful stores and room to breathe.
Written June 11, 2022
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frenchywendy
North Walsham, UK101 contributions
Couples
We couldn't go to the restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary as my husband is disabled and vulnerable so we orderd a festive platter to take away.
I thought it was expensive at £45 but as it was a special occasion we ordered it.
There was more than enough for 2 but it was not worth the money. Everything on it was cheap stuff - chicken wings, mini chipolatas, potaoes, humous, olives, salad, pittas, a portion of a baked camebert, garlic mushrooms, venison meat balls & lamb kofta , . ( I know that the latter 2 are expensive but how much goes into 4 small meat balls?) We didn't actually get any venison meat balls but when I rang up they were very apologetic and offered me a voucher which I was very happy about,
I have no complaints about the service or the quality of the food. It was just not value for money.
Written January 4, 2022
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CMinBolton
Bolton, UK38 contributions
Looks very impressive and great range of shops. Recommend visiting mid-week at quiet times: walking down it while the Christmas markets are on isn't a good idea as you can't move for people queueing to get in shops. Was a strangely unpleasant smell lingering, not sure where it was coming from.
Written December 4, 2021
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StephenBlake2014
Leamington Spa, UK6 contributions
Family
York is a beautiful and welcoming city with lots of landmarks and cultural points of interest but your trip would not be complete without a walk down the iconic Shambles. Atmospheric, full of history and home to some fabulous shops to suit all age groups (especially Harry Potter fans). It gets very busy during the day but is quieter in the evening when you can get those elusive photographs.
Written August 26, 2020
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Jessica E
Hemel Hempstead, UK16 contributions
We found the Shambles to be a really interesting place, with great independent, quirky shops and gorgeous old buildings. We first visited at about 2pm and found it to be absolutely packed, we could barely move about and it was difficult to stop to take a photo or read a sign. There were also queues to get into some of the shops, but I think this was a covid measure.

When we walked through again at about 7pm, and then again the next day at about 11am we found it was a lot quieter and would recommend these times as better for visiting, especially if you want pictures or a trip into the Harry Potter shops.

We did also take another walk through The Shambles on our way home at about 11pm and found it absolutely deserted, and gorgeous still at night.

Definitely worth a visit, but go after the shops close if you aren't interested in shopping, or earlier in the morning if you prefer fewer crowds.
Written August 11, 2021
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Chris Anthoney
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Couples
Returned to the Shambles, having visited a few years ago. I remembered it as being a quaint, cobblestoned street, full of history and a place you could spend a few hours discovering “different” shops. I was so disappointed! It was full of tacky, Harry Potter inspired gift shops plus the inevitable over-priced, underwhelming, expensive eateries. I think it took us half an hour to walk the full length, not stopping to look at anything, as I could have been in any city, with cheap-looking, tacky giftware at one end of the spectrum to high priced, designer shops that can be found in any large city. Will not rush to return.
Written March 2, 2020
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