Recently voted Britain’s greatest tourism spot, The Shambles is York’s best-known street, drawing thousands of tourists every day to look at its famous overhanging timber buildings. The name is thought to derive from the Anglo Saxon word Fleshammels, meaning meat shelves – the street was originally largely populated by butchers and many of the shops still feature wide ‘meat shelves’ and meat hooks, even if the butchers themselves have long gone. These days The Shambles is largely populated by cafes and souvenir shops, but retains a unique atmosphere all the same.
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