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Address: Shambles, City Centre, York YO1 7LZ, England
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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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Loved looking at the shops down this little street I loved the shop signs and the Monks-bar Artisan chocolatier is worth a visit.

Reviewed July 9, 2016
Watford, United Kingdom
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Watford, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Loved looking at the shops down this little street I loved the shop signs and the Monks-bar Artisan chocolatier is worth a visit.

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 9, 2016

This iconic street full of slanting storefronts is basically a big outdoor shopping area. We found lots of fun stores, everything from local souvenirs to Peruvian alpaca products! There is also a large outdoor market with local vendors selling everything from hats and produce to crafts and antiques. A fun place to spend an afternoon shopping. And for Harry Potter... More 

Thank JanaC70
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Such a quaint street which many people tend to be walking down so gets very busy but lovely to look at and has some really nice shops to go into :)

Thank fretterssss
Northampton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016

Most of the shops are touristy and look a bit tacky, but there are some good shops,Interesting buildings, you need to look up to see how close they are .I believe the street originally house butchers and the gullys in the road are where the blood ran down from slaughtering.

Thank lattie2013
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016

A really pretty street. I found the exteriors of the shops more interesting than the contents to be honest, but that said we did like the specialist tea shop. A lovely place to stroll. Go early to avoid the tourist crush.

Thank Operafan2
Burntwood, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

This is a tight little street that always reminds me of something from Harry Potter films. The shops are close together so when busy can be rather hard to move up and down street. Worth the visit

Thank Abigail H
Easley, South Carolina
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

All of the vehicle-free zone in York, including the one street called the Shambles, is a great place to stroll. Take note of the parts of the buildings one or two stories above the ground floor. They stick out so far in one place occupants in each one on both sides of the street can shake hands from their windows!... More 

Thank Tom S
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3 reviews
Reviewed July 9, 2016

Place is worth a visit. Lots of lovely little independent shops. The old style of the street may be quite difficult for wheelchair users/people with reduced mobility.

Thank Emma K
Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Goodness one would wonder how this all works but it does and what fun to stroll through this myriad of streets and shops. We were running out of time but managed to have a quick walk but so wish we had longer. Spent too much time on the City Walls.

Thank Pip G
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Reviewed July 8, 2016

These are some narrow cobbled streets, full of independent shops, pubs and restaurants. All have an olde-worlde feel. It gets very busy with tourists, but definitely worth a visit.

Thank Tony M

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