The Imaginarium

The Imaginarium, York: Address, Phone Number, The Imaginarium Reviews: 4.5/5

The Imaginarium
4.5
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karannaphil
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK44 contributions
A Must
Nov 2020 • Family
Always a must go to when in York, cannot wait to re visit in April when we’re allowed back on trains and In shops
Written April 5, 2021
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John C
Northampton, UK70 contributions
Bad experience 2020
Sep 2020
We visit the Imaginarium every year and always spend hundreds of pounds in there, and in their sister shop next door. We went September 2020 and likewise wanted to buy various items, totalling over £200. When we got to the till we were told we could not pay by cash, which is pretty much all we had on us. Obvious excuse for card payments was the Covid crisis, but not a valid reason.

Supermarkets are taking hundreds of cash payments all day long, it wouldn’t hurt this tiny shop to take cash a few times a day, especially as an independent which can make its own rules us at the click of a finger. They are happy to handle other things I have handled including their merchandise off the shelves which scores of people would have touched all day long. And I’m expected to touch their card machine which hundreds of people would have touched, and I’m expected to touch their products which they had spent ages wrapping and which at least two of their people had handled.

We did buy stuff and we did spend over £200 but I had to go back to the hotel and mess about transferring money about to be able to use a card. Covid is no excuse for these little shops insisting on card payment only, staff can wear disposable gloves and hand-sanitise if they’re worried, just like customers have to continually hand-sanitise.

I run a small business, and it would definitely be easier and cheaper if I refused cash, somebody has to walk to and deposit it in the bank once a week. But we do it for our customers, and the Imaginarium could have easily and should have taken my cash.

Anybody who is inconvenience by shops using Covid as an excuse not to take cash should leave similar reviews.
Written September 26, 2020
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Sophie2327
Darlington, UK93 contributions
Quirky shop
Aug 2020 • Solo
Love this shop, always full of unusual and quirky gifts and home items. Always visit when I am in York
Written September 19, 2020
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Helen M
12 contributions
Childlike magic!
Feb 2020
A warmth met you, yes it was a cold day and there was a nice heat from the heater but it was the welcome off the 2 girls and the colours, layout and charming pieces inside that created the enjoyable experience on the senses. There was an air of escapism in the works of childlike dreams made into realistic to touch items. Couldnt resist buying some. Think there's another in Brighton but the one in York felt homely.
Written February 21, 2020
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Natalie O
79 contributions
Love the art work
Jan 2020 • Couples
Love how quirky and different this shop is and always buy something from here when in York. The items in this shop are not cheap however they are different and you get what you for in this shop. Customer service has always been perfect.
Written January 9, 2020
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Fabulous
York, UK169 contributions
Always gobsmackingly gorgeous
Nov 2019 • Solo
I can't resist a visit to the Imaginarium when I'm in town. There is always a predictably eclectic mash up of items from hand crafted cloche terraria to artsy faux animal heads, alternative Victoriana animal artwork and loads in between. Of course the Xmas secret back room display is now open..... feels much less magical than last year but we are still fans. Bring back the Harry Potter music people. Pop into the Uber fabulous Yorkshire Soap Company whilst there as it is just next door and owned by the same couple. Happy Xmas everyone!!
Written November 9, 2019
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Sand M
Perth, UK602 contributions
Magical
Oct 2019 • Couples
What a fantabulous experience this place is. The Imaginarium is obviously a very quirky shop with the most fantastic things. Go in and discover a new place to buy your Christmas presents. Anything unusual unique or plain weird this is your place. I love it. There is also a Christmas shop up the few stairs in the back. If you are in York I would highly recommend that you go in and spend some well earned cash for your friend’s. They will love whatever you buy them
Written October 31, 2019
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Jeff W
635 contributions
Off the wall
Jul 2019
A most unusual shop and right next door to the Yorkshire Soap Company too, so plenty of options for presents in either. "Quirky" is the word I'd use to describe the Imaginarium, but I see the the last 3 trip Advisor Reviewers have used this description, so I'll plumb for "eccentric".
This shop is a browsers delight, so many unusual things for sale, and nicely laid out, although it may be rather cramped for wheelchair users.
It's really worth a visit, even if you only want a greetings card, as they have a fine selection upstairs. But you may be tempted with other more exotic gifts.
We found the staff very happy and friendly and unlike the store we didn't find the prices too outrageous either.
Written August 28, 2019
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david n
Manchester, UK3,542 contributions
Quirky
Aug 2019 • Couples
Somehow disappointed this time around as their wares didn’t have the same appeal as on previous visits. Still, some novel, interesting items.
Written August 4, 2019
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pamela c
surrey, england91 contributions
Amazing quirky shop
Jul 2019 • Solo
This shop is a must go destination in York. Stuffed full of the most wonderful array of amazing products....all so hard to resist. An absolute must when browsing shops in York. The team who staff the shop are absolutely fab and are obviously passionate about their products
Written July 3, 2019
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