The Shambles

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  • Address: York, North Yorkshire YO1 7LZ, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-8712663676
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Walking Area, Street Market, Family And Kids, Streets

The Shambles - Review

This is where you shopaholics will find your Paradise in York. Located in the city centre of York, Shambles is one of the oldest streets in Europe. It's eerie past dates back to the medieval period when it served as a huge meat market.

Deprived of modern day hygienic facilities, the butchers on the street had no option but to throw the blood and guts down the street. Thus any muddled or messy situation is synonymous with ‘being in the shambles’.

Development of York disinfected the street off its gory past and transformed the Shambles into a popular tourist attraction. In fact, in 2010 the Shambles was the winner of Google’s Most Picturesque Street in Britain (If only those poor medieval butchers could have lived to see the day).

Some of the wooden buildings situated snugly close to one another are nearly 700 years old! The street has a wonderful variety of things to offer. It makes for a pleasant walk and window shopping. You should stop by a few shops to purchase a bauble or two. There are many restaurants and bars offering mouth-watering dishes. If jewellery, gifts and souvenirs are not your thing, you will find solace in the streets bookshops and cafes.

  • Saint Margaret Clitherow’s shrine is one of the prominent buildings of the Shambles.
  • You will see meat-hooks in a number of shops on the street. Butchers would display meat on these hooks.
  • Penny Press Machine on Shambles street offers collectable York coins, very popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • Take a break from all the shopping and enjoy fresh buttered tea cakes, an assortment of teas and coffees, scones and salads at the bakeries on the street. The hot chocolate and fudge options are to die for.

This eccentric little street will leave you asking for more.

The Shambles Hours

  • Most shops on the street open at around 10:00 am. Visit the Shambles early in the day if you wish to avoid the crowds.

How To reach The Shambles by Public Transport

  • Bus: Stonebow (SA) – 9

Restaurants Near The Shambles

  • Bari Ristorante
  • L’AnticaLocanda
  • Shambles Kitchen
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway

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TripHobo Highlights for The Shambles

  • The Shambles Address: York, North Yorkshire YO1 7LZ, United Kingdom
  • The Shambles Contact Number: +44-8712663676
  • The Shambles Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Shambles Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Shambles(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Shambles: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting The Shambles

  • 82.22% of people who visit York include The Shambles in their plan

  • 83.85% of people start their The Shambles visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see The Shambles

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

61.54% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Shambles

People normally club together York St John University and York's Chocolate Story while planning their visit to The Shambles.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

The Shambles Trips

The Shambles, York Reviews

  • Nice historical part of York, with old buildings very close together. These have always been shops, but the shop fronts now are not the original. It's nice to have independent retailers here, as it add character to the location. It can get very busy during peak periods.

  • Fascinating area of York and well worth a visit. Some great tea shops and don't be put off by the small appearance- some of them are sprawling and some have pretty and extensive outdoor seating out back. The tourist shops are a little pricey hut fascinating. Strongly recommended if you are in York

  • This is an amazing historic street that takes you back in time with mainly independent shops with crooked walls and bowing bay windows. A popular attraction in York.

  • Probably the most famous Street in York although people think it was something different to what it was actually used for it was straight full of pictures and you can still see the hooks where they hung the meat and the blood used to drip down and run down the centre of the road there are a lot of quaint little shops that are well worth a visit although currently Harry Potter shops are more prolific than they should be at the top of the Shambles is the entrance to the market which is well worth a visit on market day

  • The Shambles is a good place to explore. Unique shops including antique jewellery, fudge, tea room and Harry Potter fans will love the shops selling potter merchandise. Through the market there are stalls selling food.

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