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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...more
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York YO1 7LZ, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Had a last minute booking at this lovely little restaurant. The food and service was excellent, well priced for just off the centre of York. Will definitely return when back in York.

Thank MoffToff
Reviewed today

This is another great place you must go down when you are in York the quaint little shops that seem to not loose their character after all these years and the cobblestone streets I love this place

Thank jacgeo2191
Reviewed today

Loved strolling down the Shambles. Really quaint buildings. Strolled round several times. A must if you go to York

Thank WorldTravellers8
Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful cobbled streets, lovely independent shops and gorgeous old buildings. A must visit. Tonnes of history.

Thank Megan L
Reviewed today

Now that I know the origin and meaning of "what a shambles" life will never be the same!! The street now has Harry Potter fame, of course... but I found the historic use of the street, the overhanging upper floor and the planter boxes (not)...More

Thank Jan G
Reviewed today

A large number of small shops and a market made this heaven for my wife. When you have finished shopping there are a lot of eating and drinking places too

Thank DenisJ20
Reviewed today

This narrow street is amazing. Nothing has been done over the years to spoil it or to modernise it. Very busy . Some very interesting shops too. Loved it.

Thank jollyjoyce
Reviewed today

Loved our visit to the Shambles. Can see where Harry Potter’s DiagonAlley got the idea from. The hustle and bustle was great and the history of the place comes alive here. Well worth the visit!

Thank Tylionel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love this little stretch of history. The Ghost Hunt started here, and that made it easy to find. Very near the square where the men dance.

Thank WalkingInLA
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful historical street, very busy and th of tourists but once the shops close it is worth going back to get a people free picture. A couple of Harry Potter themed shops with long queues to get in!

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Ian C
9 March 2018|
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Response from Phil P | Property representative |
A number of the shops have step free entrances. That said, shops are small and the narrow cobbled street can be difficult to navigate.
24 October 2017|
Response from thewonderwitch0 | Reviewed this property |
There is Gert & Henry's which is closest to the Shambles, also The Blue Boar (where Dick Turpins body was laid to rest in the cellar, you can eat your dinner in the cellar) and Slug & Lettuce near the bridge is very quirky.
6 May 2017|
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Response from ChrisPduck2 | Reviewed this property |
The best thing to do when going to York is to use the Park and Ride facility. I think there are four and they cover most directions that you would drive into York by. Parking in town is short stay only and a complete pain... More