The Shambles, York

About The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York - Address, Phone Number

Address: York, North Yorkshire YO1 7LZ, United Kingdom

Phone: +44-8712663676

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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 Opening and Closing 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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The Shambles, York Reviews - Write a Review

  • History wise, this place is beautiful. It also has a nice little selection of shops too. However, it gets extremely busy so its best to visit early in the morning if you want to snap some nice photos of the street.

  • Very famous spot in York, but it's just a wee street in reality, so bring your own information if that's what you are here for. It's a honey pot for tourists and has the usual fudge and tourist shops on it. I just like the feel of it and spend most of my time looking at the blend of buildings and leftover architecture like the old meathooks and butcher table fronts.

  • MAGNIFICENT city with very interesting history and some monuments...can't miss the minster and the national rail museum..both tickets appear to lat for 1 year from purchase so you/family / friends can visit more than once within a year...

  • Beautiful with quaint shops, including tea rooms, two Italian restaurants, bakeries, candy, and jewelry shops. The shambles tavern is great for a local ale. So cosy.

  • A fantastic selection of little independent shops that are a delight to explore. The whole area is full of history.

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