Shopping with a view
Shopping in York is an experience in itself, with a web of winding streets flaunting a wide variety of wares. You'll find gorgeous little independent shops selling everything from clothes to crystals, fabulous vintage stores, and High Street names to boot. York's unique Shop and City initiative will help you on your way with four themed trails leading to some of the best shops and eateries. Mulberry Hall, founded and owned by the Sinclair family for fifty years, is a flagship store for fine china, crystal, cutlery and cookware.
The medieval Shambles
Winner of the most picturesque street in Britain, the cobbled Shambles is an ideal place to start the day. It was originally a street of butchers shops and houses, but now York's bustling centrepiece is thriving with art, books, knitwear and pastries. And it's perfectly placed to lead you on to the many fancy boutiques, gift shops and antique havens that lie in the streets beyond.
If you're hungry for a bargain, York Designer Outlet is just a 10 minute drive by car from the city. Here you'll be dazzled by over 120 famous name stores, with up to 60% off designer fashions and accessories. Armani, Lacoste and Timberland are just a few of the labels that will make your eyes light up.