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The stunning Shambles. York

The Shambles, York. England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

The Shambles is a wonderfully preserved medieval street dating to the 14th Century. The name comes from the old Anglo-Saxon ‘fleshammels’ literally meaning ‘flesh shelves’ as this street once housed over thirty butchers shops, with shelves below each window to show off their wares for sale.

The houses were built like upside down pyramids for several reasons. The first was that ground floor space was at a premium and as upper floors jutted out they provided protection from the weather and for the goods on display that you were selling. The upper living space could then be larger without obstructing the narrow streets below! Clever!!

Today I think it looks like Diagon Alley from Harry Potter. What do you think?

@visitscotlandtours and @escociatours don’t just provide private tours in Scotland. Did you know that from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, you can be in York in around 4hrs, all in the comfort of an eight seater car with your own personal tour guide!

York, like Edinburgh, is a beautiful medieval city full of character steeped in history and it is a city I’ve visited regularly for twenty years.

Stunning architecture, fantastic restaurants and bars, bustling shops and a compact walking friendly city make it perfect for an overnight trip with your own personal guide to show you the highlights!

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