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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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  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California1,970 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, Historic, Charming Street
    The Shambles is the most iconic and atmospheric street in the Medieval heart of York. It's probably the most touristy part of York, its one real downside, but that's because it retains much of the old character. It's a narrow pedestrian street with old buildings, some overhanging the street. There are shops, selling both very nice things and standard souvenirs, plus places to eat. It is certainly worth a visit for the medieval character of the place. York's historic centre really is much more than the Shambles, since it is large and retains a fairly cohesive old character from the middle ages and Tudor/Elizabethan periods, due in no small part to the city's ancient and long-standing importance and size prior to the Industrial Revolution and the growth of newer, larger cities. That said, the Shambles really is probably the most atmospheric and medieval street in that core.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Sophie C
    156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded historical street
    The shambles is amazing, no way anyone can say otherwise. But it is a tourist trap and so so so crowded with people. Shops have queues and don’t really sell anything you need anyway! I’d advise getting up and visiting early around 10am when you can still walk down the small street without the crowds.be prepared for the Harry Potter shops if you have a fan!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Happy Traveler
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical York
    It was a really interesting area of York and it felt like you were walking through history. It was crowded the day we went but it was still fun to walk and look at the shops. The market also has great food.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • JSSAmber
    Cambridge, United Kingdom623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky peoplefest
    This is not a modern street, so be prepared for throngs of people in a medieval-width road. It's still very fun, and everyone is in good spirits. Entry is of course free, and you'll see some cool, quirky shops along the way.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • dkeith
    322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting enough
    Interesting street but can become crowded at times - worth the visit but not necessarily a must see. Best to time visit to minimize the crowds. Note that this section of York becomes almost deserted after the shops close.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • 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, Australia22 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 Kingdom10 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 Kingdom224 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 Kingdom54 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
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Donna G
Blackpool, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Simply gorgeous, need a few days to fully explore steeped in tradition and community spirit, its a perfect getaway for any age.. the viking festival was preparing when we were there..lots of viking costumes and tradition, just added to the atmosphere..
Written 24 February 2024
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paul r
Wigston, UK310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a great experience with all the lovely cobbled streets and shops to see.
Lots of places to eat and drink.
Would imagine it's quite eerie at night.
Written 21 February 2024
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Richard V
Redcar, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredibly naff. What once once an interesting, historical street now has all the character of a Disneyland gift shop. It's a shame the city council, National Trust or some such could not do anything to preserve it's integrity and history.
Written 21 February 2024
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tony f
21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited York this week,oh such a Shambles.A lovely medieval street of circa 14th century buildings that was once the butchers market back then,has sadly been taken over with Harry Potter themed shops and flooded with tourists taking photos and long queues for the merchandise.Theres even a souvenir shop selling souvenirs of London,like red buses,red telephone boxes and Big Ben,when York has the Minister and many other historic landmarks to sell souvenirs of. York is so rich in history,for example the shrine of Margaret Clitherow, the Martyr is in the shambles, it's her husband's former butchers shop from Elizabethan times.Margaret was pressed to death by her own door with heavy weights on Ouse bridge for her catholic beliefs,on the orders of Queen Elizabeth the 1st.Her death may have well had an effect on a young Guy Fawkes from York who later attempted to blow up King James 1st on 5th November 1605, in the gun powder plot.Really who needs Harry Potter and London themed shops🤔So out of place.
Written 17 February 2024
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Ivy W
Folkestone, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very busy with lots of tourists but what do you expect? York is beautiful with a lot of history behind it. I cannot wait to book my next visit.
Written 14 February 2024
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Alenka W
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It is difficult to walk down without knocking into someone. Nice historical buildings but that was the best part. Not really worth the time but only if you are in that area.
Written 14 February 2024
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martinc201083
Melrose, UK26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Ancient street. Quite a busy tourist trap nowadays which loses some of the charm of what it should be. I expected it to be bigger too however the street is about 100m only
Written 14 February 2024
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neil d
Poole, England, United Kingdom32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The shambles area is great featuring lots of quaint buildings that have been invaded by Harry Potter and vape shops the market is nothing special fun for a walk through on the way somewhere else
Written 8 February 2024
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castle1_10
Leeds, UK1,344 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Yes we’ve done the shambles a few times over the years.
Not been too negative yesterday’s visit seemed spoilt by the amount of “harry potter “ shops outlets here …. Yes it’s stark notice to see these sprung up over the last few years … same really taken the experience character away.
Plus it’s mega busy on a Saturday and that’s in February.
Lost for words. Could only think per the place a bit of a shambles. !.
Written 5 February 2024
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joanp232
Phoenix, AZ93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Shambles is an in tact medieval city. It is beautiful. Provides a lovely and unique shopping experience with many interesting places to stop and shop or eat. We were there on a Saturday and it was just too crowded.
Written 28 January 2024
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