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The Shambles

  • The Shambles, York
  • insideyork.co.uk/what-to-see/shambles.html
  • Arts & Heritage, Relaxation, Shopping,

The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight but you can readily imagine the Shambles packed with people and awash with offal and discarded bones. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealer. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.

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