Even if you’ve never yet wandered your way along the Shambles, the chances are you’ll have seen so many pictures of York’s oldest street that it’ll already have a familiar feel to it. Featured in the Domesday Book, The Shambles was voted as Google’s Most Picturesque Street in Britain in 2010, and it’s easy to see why.
Fifteenth century buildings lean so far over the narrow cobbled street that their roofs almost touch, and it’s been a hub of hustle and bustle since medieval times. These days, the street’s home to unique little shops, cafes and restaurants, but it was once home to the city’s butcher’s shops. Have a look at the pathway as you make your way along and notice how the pavements are slightly higher on either side…the street’s butchers once washed all their waste down the ridges with water twice a week.
These days, The Shambles is one of the most popular streets in the UK, and there are all kinds of guided tours, history talks and ghost walks available for those of you keen to brush up on the area’s colourful past. If there’s one place to start your York adventure, it’s got to be The Shambles.