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Shopping in York

People flock from all over the North to go shopping in York. And it’s no mystery why. This compact city is teeming with shops you’ll have heard of, and ones you won’t find anywhere else. Expect designer bargains, fashion and beauty favourites and one-of-a-kind finds. 

Designer shops

For designer discounts and labels for less, head straight to the York Designer Outlet. It has 120 stores including Adidas, Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, Fred Perry, Kurt Geiger, Osprey, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and Swarovski. Looking for an Alexa, Del Rey or Bayswater? Or how about some iconic leather luggage? Step inside the Mulberry Factory Shop on Swinegate. Award-winning boutique Van Mildert brings high fashion labels such as Comme des Garcons, Dries Van Noten and Helmut Lang to the North-East. You’ll find it right in the city centre. 

High street shops

York has loads of high street and mid-range shops. Along Stonegate, Petergate, Davygate, High Ousegate, Coney Street and in the Coppergate Centre, you’ll find brands such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop, H&M, Superdry, Mango, Zara, Office, Whistles, L.K. Bennett, Jigsaw, Timberland, Reiss, Barbour, Cath Kidston and Molton Brown. York also has two Debenhams (one in the city centre and one at Monk’s Cross Shopping), a Fenwick and John Lewis. 

Antiques and vintage shops

York is a sensational place to shop for second-hand stuff. The Antiques Centre on Stonegate has three floors of rare and wonderful items from the Roman to Art Deco eras. Its selection of clothes  spans the late 19th-century up to the 1970s. There’s also the Red House Antiques Centre right by York Minster, Cavendish Jewellers on Stonegate and Northern Antiques on Goodramgate. For vintage clothes, visit the exquisite Priestleys just off Grape Lane, Dog&Bone on Castlegate and Bowler on Fossgate.

Unique and independent shops

For a shopping experience that’s truly unique to York, head to the Shambles, a historic, higgledy-piggledy shopping street packed with independent shops and eateries. 

Looking for a hotel in York?

Look no further than Premier Inn. We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and city centre, and is close to handy road connections. 

Out and about in York