Shopping in the streets of York

York Shambles

(This is a route developed for the Clarice app)

York is famous for its small boutiques and it’s in the old city gates that you’ll find most of the city’s charm.

Explore Coppergate where the Vikings settle down to sell their makings, go for a walk along the Shambles, one of the most photographed streets in England and delve into the vintage world at Fossgate.


Tourists and brides-to-be visit the Shambles every year and fall in love with its 14th century atmosphere.

This was the site of “The Great Flesh Shambles”, where many butcher shops were once located as you will notice by the remaining meat hooks in some shop fronts.

Today the Shambles is full of boutiques and restaurants and it’s still connected to the old city thanks to a set of small streets known as the Snickelways of York.


This shopping quarter is located between Coney Street and King’s Square.

Many monuments are based in this area, like the St.Helen’s Church and the Mansion House.

Stonegate was the main Roman road linking the River Ouse to the City center, a historical street that is now famous in York for its shops and the typical architectural mix of Georgian and medieval houses.


For a special gift head to Petergate, where you’ll find several souvenir shops and modern jewelry shops like Pandora.

Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators behind the Gunpowder plot was baptised in the St Michael le Belfrey church in High Petergate.

Petergate currently houses some of the best designer shops in York and the statue of Minerva stands here as a reminder of the former bookshops established in this street.


Fossgate is the heart of vintage-related things in York!

Here you’ll find antique bookshops, vintage stores and a regular vintage market organized by York Does Vintage.

For a shopping break head to the Hairy Fig for a nice cup of tea!


Before becoming a shopping area, Coppergate was the site of the archaeological Viking-age finds that are now exhibited at the Jorvik Centre!

The Coppergate Shopping Centre currently includes cafés, restaurants and renowned brands like Topshop, Marks & Spencer and Fenwicks.

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