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The Shambles

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Address: Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
Phone Number: 0871 266 3676
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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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Difficult to describe as a resident of York.... I am spoilt! Beautiful 'olde worlde' street.... Lovely mix of gift shops & must not forget the best sausage & pie shop also... read more

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Fort Worth, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were quite disappointed with the touristy York city center, especially after the rarified air of elegant Harrogate. Although the Shambles had some historic merit, it was crowded with tourists looking at souvenir shops.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Difficult to describe as a resident of York.... I am spoilt! Beautiful 'olde worlde' street.... Lovely mix of gift shops & must not forget the best sausage & pie shop also chocolate shop use regularly as a resident obviously a must as a tourist.... A definite 'go to' when visiting York

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The shambles is a great place if you want to go shopping for different presents and things that you will not find in most shops then you need to visit this place. We popped into them all and everyone was lovely and friendly.

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Thank Rebecca G
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We visited many different shops with various goods and they were all well presented and had friendly staff. We came away with 4 different articles from 4 different shops. An experience for most shoppers is available in this area.

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Thank lindsayr684
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The shambles is an one of York's ancient streets where you can stand and tell the kids that they are standing in diagone alley from The Harry Potter films and let their imagination run wild see if they can tell you which shop sold hagrid edwig the owl or can shop in some of York's best bespoke shops or just... More 

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a lovely walk around the area of the Shambles. So quaint and some lovely little independent shops. I was really impressed. Had heard so many people talk about it and was delighted to see it for myself. If you are interested in old building and narrow streets it's a must see.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With a little imagination, you can picture it in a medieval setting, with people hanging out of the first floor windows shouting to each other across the street and emptying their slop buckets onto the street. Not a nice thought. Nice selection of shops and leads on to the Market, which is also worth a visit.

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Thank jikoku
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are in York town centre, why not visit this area? It may be touristy but it has charm and it is cute with its tipsy buildings and unexpected cat statutes climbing the walls. Crowd gets busier as the morning wears on. Go at 9-10am to avoid crowds and yet see open shops.

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can't visit York without visiting "The Shambles". Upper part of buildings larger than base because the size at the base defined rates to pay. It's said that J.K. Rowling loved the idea of the street for Harry Potter and sent set designers to base this on Diagon Alley. Some of the shops have wanted posters from Harry Potter and... More 

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Lots of old buildings with interesting history information plaques as you walk round lovely shops some us traditional methods

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