Shopping, history in York
The second market is Shambles Market, which currently is closed for refurbishment but will be opening again soon. Shambles Market has more than 85 vendors selling a variety of local products, food, flowers, and crafts. I hear it’s a real hub of activity when the sun is out.
York also has a a great selection of designer brand and boutique stores from which to choose. These are located in a neighborhood called the Quarter. Found a short walk from the Shambles, the Quarter is an area bound by four shopping streets: Grape Lane, Swinegate, Back Swinegate and Little Stonegate. These streets once were home to a pig market (hence the name Swinegate), but today the area is filled with swanky places to shop. My favorite was Mulberry; because this location is an outlet store, its designer items are significantly cheaper than in the main stores. I popped in to browse and the staff members were incredibly friendly. They were more than happy to welcome Nelson into the store, too!
If this isn’t enough shopping for you, York is also home to not one, but two shopping centers: McArthurGlen Designer Outlets and Monks Cross Shopping Center, both of which are less than a 30-minute drive from the City Center.
York is a key shopping destination in the UK. The fact that the architecture surrounding these shops is so stunning makes for a very fun experience indeed.
This post is the fifth in a series we are publishing based on stories from a correspondent in the U.K., Kelly Convey. This particular story is based on an article Kelly wrote after a recent trip to York, in England. The story originally was edited by Brenna Holeman, then adapted here in the United States. We are proud to partner with Visit Britain for this series.