Go shopping medieval-style along The Shambles in York
Once voted ‘Britain’s most picturesque street’, The Shambles is a curiously quaint, cobbled avenue overhung by haphazard timber-framed houses from the 15th century. The street was once lined with butchers’ shops; the narrowness was meant to keep the meat out of direct sunlight. Most properties still have exterior wooden shelves – reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. Today, the beautifully restored buildings house an appealing mix of shops and places to eat. Smell the delicious aromas wafting from chocolatiers, fudge-makers and cafés, and browse unique jewellery, leather goods, woollens, curiosities and antiques in heritage shop fronts.
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