The Shambles, York, England
Shopping medieval-style on The Shambles
Once voted Britain’s most picturesque street, The Shambles in York is a curiously quaint, flag-stoned 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, curiosities and antiques tucked away behind old-fashioned shop fronts.