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York Shambles, York

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Take a stroll down one of Britain's most atmospheric streets, York Shambles. This narrow, cobblestoned pedestrian thoroughfare features numerous timber-framed buildings, with some dating back to the 14th century. Many years ago, the street primarily housed butcher shops. Today, you'll find charming shops, cafes, and restaurants. Stop at the House of Margaret Clitherow to learn the story of York's famous 16th-century Catholic martyr. Afterward, drink tea and eat scones in the oak-beamed Earl Grey Tea Rooms. If you have British heritage, head to the York Heraldic Centre to find your family's coat of arms. The street can be quite busy with tourists--morning visitors may have a quieter time. Before you head to York, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly York itinerary builder website, to make sure you see all that York has to offer, including York Shambles.
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  • This is definitely the best known street in York and because of that it’s always full of tourists which may be great for the shop keepers but the experience of simply walking along makes you feel... 
    This is definitely the best known street in York and because of that it’s always full of tourists which may be great for the shop keepers but the experience of simply walking along makes you feel...  more »
  • Disappointed not as interesting as I remember. Very overcrowded (obviously can’t be helped due to nature of the area). Thought, and seem to remember, there would be more variety of individual shops. 
    Disappointed not as interesting as I remember. Very overcrowded (obviously can’t be helped due to nature of the area). Thought, and seem to remember, there would be more variety of individual shops.  more »

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