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“For tourists only”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Shambles

The Shambles
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Ranked #3 of 200 things to do in York
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Owner description: 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.
York, United Kingdom
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“For tourists only”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

The shambles are beautiful; there is no denying that. The beautiful late medieval buildings teeter pleasantly close to each other and the bowed, cobbled road is an iconic part of York's heritage.

That said, after having taken the obligatory photographs and wowed over how oldy-worldy it all looks the shops that you encounter on this street are geared very definitely towards a tourist markets. A couple of crappy souvenir shops can be found, alongside jewellers selling Whitby jet and antique shops - as well as bespoke butchers and chocolatiers.

Passage down the street will frequently be hampered by large tourist groups idily staring at the roofline. If you are here for more than an afternoon my advice would be to walk in, coo gently, then leave and head towards stonegate and petergate as quickly as possible...

Visited February 2013
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“Like stepping back in time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Such amazing little shops, with the tops leaning over almost touching the opposite one on the other side of the road. I loved walking up and down these streets that made you feel as though you were back in the day.

Visited February 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Well worth a wander.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

I took my Canadian friends through here to give them a taste of what was. Although the buildings have not changed since my last visit (1979) the plethora of gift shops are not a welcome addition, especially as most of the produce is not of quality. I know, we all have to make a living, but it can be done a little more discretely. Notwithstanding the above, there is, of couse, plenty to enjoy.

Visited September 2012
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Barrie, Canada
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“Amble the Shambles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

A great selection of original shops housed in very old buildings. I just don't know how they have stood up over the centuries.

Visited February 2013
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“Great place for a stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Did the Shambles and enjoyed the buildings and the shopping experience. As well as the Shambles the area and shopping in the streets around around it was very good. Some really nice specialist shops to be seen!

Visited February 2013
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