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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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  • fozibun
    Oxford, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gifts and more
    It was a hot sunny day and we went to Shambles on a weekday so it was not that busy. We enjoyed ourselves soo much . The people we met at in shops were very friendly which made our experience so enjoyable . We bought some fudge at rolys fudge shop and some fridge magnets and a lovely teddy from a quaint small gifts shop. I would highly recommend going just to see the atmosphere and the view of Shambles .
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • TsunamiStorm
    Caboolture, Australia38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shambly Shambles.
    Great variety of shops within the Shambles. Mainly Harry Potter themed shops, for obvious reasons. Beware there is a long line for the chocolate shop in there, as it is very good. Shambles were shambly.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Scottish Curmudgeon
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, unique 14th century shops and buildings. Just Wow
    Amazing that 14th century buildings exist such as these exist and can be appreciated. Well worth a walk up and down. Especially if you are interested in medieval architecture like i am. Or Harry Potter like everyone appears to be. Loved the shop with the breathing dragon. Go early or late to get a good photo and to beat the queue for the shops. There's a good view of a wonky building from the Market too. Fascinating!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • stuartnufc
    Glasgow, United Kingdom252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric
    Very busy but great atmospheric little street with dozens of shops, really sums up the atmosphere of York and walks you into a time capsule. Line for the ghost shop over 1.5hrs, didn’t wait in that and backs into a great little market. Live the bakery and the shop that shall not be named.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Emma G
    Northampton, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mini shop and market worth a visit
    Very busy but love the old fashion street with mini shop unlike now. Cobbles street so can be hard for some disability wheelchair etc however there is a market at the bottom of the street with less cobble or on the side. As state it can be busy and get stuck. All mini shop can be crowded however the shop assistant can block it and form into a queue outside. Reminded and also sell Harry potter stuff too like potion and toys. There is a popular shop ghost York which mean nothing to me however it is limited item and won't show price until you go into the shop. But twice I visit and this place seem to always have big queue so get there early to avoided standing longer. There are plenty of food shop around especially cake yum yum 😋 Christmas shop open all year round, jewellery and butcher. Worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • JOANNE M
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    Not sure what I was expecting the. Heard how lovely it is. And always wanted to go. Market was okay, nothing stood out to us. And Shambles Street, thought it would be longer and more shops. Like I say, it's what I thought it would be like. It hasn't put us off coming again, but we would look at other things to do while up for a day visit. Christmas shop was magical, friendly staff and wishing you a Happy Christmas when we walked in, brought from this shop, definitely pop in.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • M S
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wealth of small streets and curious shops!
    It's world renowned and for a very good reason. You can't visit York and not spend time meandering through the twists and turns of the Shambles. Something new and delightful around every corner...oh, and don't forget to look up! Meow!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Pablo
    Raunds, United Kingdom102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy
    Very busy place was difficult to get around but i did go at the busiest time. But it’s definitely worth a look even if your not into Harry Potter. The place has lots of history the buildings with the original wooden beams are still going strong.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Vickie B
    Birmingham, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Amazing place to visit, lots to see and do. Plenty of places to eat and drink, restaurants and food on the go. Weekend was lovely, but became lively on the Saturday and very busy Sunday in the daytime. Great shops and boutiques to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Beccaowl
    Preston, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shambles harry potter
    Amazing shops which we loved pursuing. The Harry Potter shops, amd Christmas store our favourites but other shops showcased lots of membobrila. Only negative was queuing people for potions. We also enjoyed shambles market and food outlets. Fudge shop good to watch how it was made. Go early or late to avoid queues.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
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Joshane615
Australia569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing! Like stepping back in time. The history in the cobblestone streets and the buildings is just beautiful and fascinating.
We loved stopping into the old pubs and learning the history behind them, as we enjoyed a beverage served by a friendly local.
The quaint little shops and markets were great to have a look around. Very picturesque!
Written 7 June 2024
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Ray H
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We live on the East Coast and visit York on a regular basis. It's a beautiful city with so much to see and do for the whole family.
The issue I have is the amount of drunk stag and hen doo' s roaming the place.
I booked a birthday dinner for my wife and our kids on Saturday. I booked it early ( 5pm) in a vain attempt to avoid the drunks.
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, from parking the car, to walking along the river through the centre and towards the shambles it was just group after group of drunk stag and hens.
I observed lots of families trying to navigate their young children around the shouting , cheering, and foul-mouthed drunks,
It's clear that the authorities are aware of the situation by the level of security both on the doors and the streets at such an early time. However, the environment felt intimidating and edgey and soured our vist.
Written 2 June 2024
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MalH1963
March, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great centre of York, good stalls Market and local goods meets the old World.. we didn't have greatcweatger but the place draws the crowds, lots of photos of the streets ..
Written 1 June 2024
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No S
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Wonderful place, fabulous shops, it was nice to walk there. Both the historical atmosphere and the modern shopping experience. And the small canteens on the market square offer a really great lunch option with a large selection and at a very good price.
Written 1 June 2024
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Wizard of York
York, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The most MAGICAL street in York! Some tour guides will tell you The Shambles (actually just called ‘Shambles’) was JK Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Potter. This isn’t true at all, but this wand-ering wizard still finds it a truly enchanting street, full of whimsical wonders and a timeless charm.

There’s a certain Wizard Walk of York which starts from the bottom end by St Crux Chuch (pre-booking only) Perfect for Harry Potter fans, and York’s only tour specifically created for families with children!

Wizard fans? Definitely visit The Shop That Must Not Be Named for all your magical merchandise. Spot the black cats over shops, and even a dragon in The Society of Alchemists

The Shambles Market just behind has lots of great places to eat. This Wizard also likes to visit The Cheesecake Guy and Parlormade Scone House - best cheesecakes and scones in York! Bluebird Bakery is also a taste of magic

Top tip - it gets very busy, so visit early in the morning or later in the day to beat the crowds. And if you’re hoping to visit The Ghost Merchants, arrive early and expect to queue.

Enjoy the magic!

The Wizard of York
Written 16 May 2024
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Man1cmom
West Midlands, UK651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
No visit to York would be complete without a wander down The Shambles.
This particular day was a hot, sunny Saturday so the street was rammed.
Lots of history to observe and the plaques make interesting reading. The architecture is fascinating too.
The small, unique shops and cafes down there, as well as the market make this a great place to see and be, fab vibes all round.
It was however extremely busy on the sat, less so when we popped back on the Sunday.
Written 16 May 2024
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK18,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You cannot visit York without checking out this charming and atmospheric, world-famous street - one of the best preserved medieval thoroughfares in Europe, with buildings dating back to the 13th century. They’re mostly timber framed, and appear squint and squiggly due to lack of foundations, which makes them look like they belong in the pages of a story book.Historically, it was full of butchers, with each one specialising in different types of meat, but now it’s crammed with a variety of unique & independent shops selling all kinds of goods - jewellery, arts & crafts, toys, souvenirs , sweets , soap & candles etc - with quite a few catering for Harry Potter mania. There are also up-market boutiques, specialised food shops and cafes. Be aware it’s always busy with tourists, so perhaps early or late visits might be less crowded.
Written 14 May 2024
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Tickleish
Wellington, New Zealand321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved it!!
The quaint and quirky buildings leaning in different directions due to never being built on solid foundations.
The ambiance of the street, and markets is so cool.
But be warned, it gets crazy busy….
On the Saturday it was shoulder to shoulder, but the Sunday and the Monday where so much quieter you could appreciate it and grab those photos minus 100’s of bodies.

Well worth the visit.
Written 14 May 2024
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Andy
Bangor, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lovely place to visit and incredibly unique. There are a lot of tourists here and it does get quite busy, however the unique selection of shops and atmosphere very much makes up for it.
Written 11 May 2024
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Mrwstowe
Burnley, UK299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place is amazing with every quirky shop and market stall you could ask for? So many coffee shops and cafes with shops of every description.
Written 8 May 2024
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