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    Experience

    The Shambles

    The Shambles

    The Shambles
    The Shambles

    The Shambles

    The Shambles
     
     

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    The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight but you can readily imagine the Shambles packed with people and awash with offal and discarded bones. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealer. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.

    York’s most famous shopping street. Once lined with Butchers’ shops, today the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from the Monkbar Chocolatiers and John Bull Fudge Shop or the enticing smell of leather from Cox of Yorkshire. Whilst on this picturesque street why not explore the unique jewellery shops on offer, including Lily Shambles and admire the unique collection of jewellery on display from around the world.

    Contact

    Visit York Information Centre

    01904 550099

    Address

    The Shambles,
    York,
    YO1 7LZ

    Location

    Directions

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    Map reference: SE 604518  Lat: 53.95939 Long: -1.08003

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