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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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11 Shambles, York YO1 7LZ, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

I unique & fantastic set of streets & shops Many independent shops & the street food market is top notch

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Silver111222
Reviewed today via mobile

Exploiting its location as the supposed inspiration for Diagonal Alley in the Harry Potter books, there are a few Harry Potter themed shops. That aside, there are an number of interesting independent shops here. The medieval architecture is certainly beautiful and not hard to imagine...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard_Heaps
Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the Shambles whilst on a business trip and had a few hours spare. There are too many great independent stores and cafes/restaurants to mention but it was great to just wander around the we’ll signposted centre. The imposing cathedral is right in and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bluenose1961
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of Harry Potter merchandise. The shops are quaint olde worldly, cobbled streets. Unusual gifts in the gift shops. Viking and GOT merchandise. There is a shop that sells loose tea too. Very pretty.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 140petrinar
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We walked around, kids enjoyed, was nice to walk around the markets. Loads of things going on around half term.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mahmood34
Reviewed yesterday

Loved wandering around these quirky little streets and in and out of the many shops. Spent far too much, but had great fun doing it.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bac2thesun
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of shops & restaurants to suit all types from families, couples, groups & all budgets. Cafes/restaurants from traditional to chain & unique independent places to suit a variety of budgets & styles. Lots of sweet, chocolate & fudge shops - look around a variety...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SJHP1
Reviewed 2 days ago

No trip to York would be complete without a walk through the historical Shambles part of the city. Amble through the collection of quaint shops and attractions, great way to soak up the history and while away an hour or so. Well worth a look.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Adi P
Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful place with a variety of shops very old Worldy. It gets very busy during half terms but well worth the visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank anneos18
Reviewed 2 days ago

you can not fail to be impressed with these working Tudor buildings, but it has become Diagon Alley and one wonders what these shops will do when Harry Potter is eclipsed

Date of experience: February 2019
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Chloe h
14 January 2019|
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Response from YorksUKYorksUK | Reviewed this property |
It is always busy at weekends. It is quieter early morning or late evening but the shops won’t be open. Between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm it is busy with Ghost Tours.
18 September 2018|
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Response from niceone2 | Reviewed this property |
Half way along I asked guide to point them out.
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.