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The Shambles

One of the best preserved medieval lanes in the world, the Shambles is the picturesque heart of York city centre. Pick up a souvenir in the shops or simply wander the lanes and take in the charming scenery.

The Shambles in York
The Shambles in York


The higgledy-piggledy overhanging timber-framed buildings of The Shambles date back as far as the fourteenth century. Once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, a number of the hooks that butchers used to hang out their meat are still visible on the buildings.

As well as being packed with history, The Shambles are a great shopping destination with a mixture of gift shops and galleries, bookshops and bakeries, plus plenty of places to eat.

Getting there

Located in the centre of York’s compact city centre between the River Ouse and Foss, The Shambles is easy to find. If you want to head to The Shambles from Leeds Bradford International Airport? It’s a 1 hour drive or 1 hour and 30-minute train journey.

Travelling by car in the city centre


Q-Park Shambles is the closest car park if you’re driving to York.

Getting around by bus


Plenty of bus routes pass through York city centre and a stop right next to The Shambles.

York Railway Station


By train, it’s a 15-minute walk through picture postcard York city to get to The Shambles.

Top tip

If you’re visiting York at Christmas, head to The Shambles for a bit of festive shopping in a unique setting.

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Eating and drinking

With a number of great eateries up and down The Shambles you’re bound to find somewhere that tickles your taste buds.

Want to spend a little time in The Shambles? There’s plenty of great eateries in which you can while away the hours.

Head to the Little Shambles Tea Room for afternoon tea, The Shambles Tavern for a quick drink or L’antica Locanda for a classic Italian meal.

Looking for a hotel in York?

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 is close to handy road connections.