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Reviewed 1 June 2014

A must see for the age and quirkiness of the buildings. The chocolate shop also a must do for the lovers of fine chocolate .

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank alisonf637
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We walked around the shambles in the evening which was less crowded and allowed us to truly appreciate the architecture. It also gave us a darker feel to the medieval buildings that over hang the streets and you could almost feel what it must have been like - okay some of the contents of the shops wrecked that.
Others went back in the morning and enjoyed actually going in the shops - bizarre!

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Shaldon07
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

A nice walk along the shambles is a visit that has to be done. Pretty shops and cafes. Too many tourists though so it can become very busy

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank LynneH875
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Of all the architectural and other dazzling features of the beautiful city of York, the Shambles is one that best conveys the feel of a medieval street. Then it was the street of the butchers. Now its occupants are delightfully varied and fascinating. The overhanging three-storied buildings date from the time of the Tudors and Elizabethans and earlier. If you visit one of the shops or cafes that now occupy them, you may be surprised by its depth (the plots possibly go back to Viking times), by the exposed wooden beams and the dark interior. One quiet spot not to miss is the chapel dedicated to Saint Margaret Clitherow, a butcher's wife who in 1586 was deliberately crushed to death by having a door placed on her that was then piled with weights - and all because she would not reply when asked if she had harboured a Catholic priest. Out on the street again, people are sometimes put off by the numbers of visitors strolling up, down and around. I prefer to imagine them all dressed in medieval costumes, pushing and shoving their way through, avoiding the smelly drain that ran (sometimes with blood and guts from the butchers') down the middle of the street. You can almost hear the cries of the pigs, cows and sheep all heading for the chop. A visit to the pie and sausage shop - delicious - might help to ease you back into the 21st century. Or go to the chocolate shop, my absolute favourite.

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

A quaint street full of curiosity shops with a nice atmosphere.
There are a few cafés and night time eating places.
There is a nice character about the area

Date of experience: May 2014
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