in and around York
shopping in anger or shopping for fun, York has plenty for you! York's
city centre is very compact, and 'down town' York can easily be traversed
on foot within 15 minutes.
for everyday needs has, as in most large towns and cities, been moving
out to the out-of-town shopping malls and centres.
There are three main out-of-town shopping centres, whose locations are shown
on our Maps Page:
supermarkets (Tesco), household goods.
Getting there by bus: Services 18 and 18A run from the city centre to
Clifton Moor every hour throughout the day, Monday to Friday, every half
hour on Saturdays. 19A, 19B and 19C run from Monks Cross, via the city centre,
to Clifton Moor, departing town every half hour, Monday to Saturday.
supermarkets (Asda, Sainsbury's), ex-High Street shops (Boots,
Woolies, WH Smith) and PC World.
Getting there by bus: the MX6 service runs non-stop from the Stonebow
in York city centre to Monks Cross every 20 minutes.
Outlet (McArthur Glen) -
mainly designer-label clothing
Getting there by bus: take the McArthurGlen Designer Line
shuttle bus from York Station every 10 minutes, or the Arriva
Yorkshire bus number 415 from Selby to Piccadilly, York every
You'll find excellent
details of all of these shopping centres, including opening time
and lists of shops on:
of the bus services can be obtained from First York on (01904) 435637.
Despite York residents' moans about the city centre being turned into a 'visitors
museum', there is plenty of shopping activity. Naturally, tourist shops are
plentiful, although some of them seem to have a fairly short life. Good tourist
shopping streets are The Shambles (once the haunt of butchers' shops - look
out for the broad shop window ledges), High and Low Petergate and Stonegate.
And don't forget the ultimate place for morning coffee or afternoon tea:
Betty's Tearooms St Helen's Square, York. Tel: 01904 889822
There's a search
facility for finding what you want in York shops here:
York boasts the brightest and arguably best daily open market in the North.
Newgate market has 120 stalls in a market square within Europe’s largest
single pedestrianised area. Prominent since the Middle Ages, Newgate market
is the heart and soul of the city lying between The Shambles and Parliament
The market offers
something for everyone every day offering a wide variety of dried
goods, fruit and vegetables, as well as a good selection of fresh
fish and meat.
City of York Council
have information at:
big popular shops
Many of the High Street multiples are still represented in or near the city
centre. Marks and Spencers have ploughed money into a large store, and Sainsbury's
still have a supermarket just outside the city walls (near Monks Bar). The
main shopping street for the multiples is in the Coney Street area ("Coney
Street" - derived from "Konig's Street" - "King's Street" -
nothing to do with rabbits!) The Coppergate Centre, which includes the Jorvik
Viking Centre, is also worth a visit.
You can experience some good entertainment when you shop in York's city centre!
Parliament Street (built by the Victorians) can be lively at times, with street
fairs and various forms of entertainment at times. York is good for street
entertainers. With York University having an excellent Music Department, it's
not unknown for classical string trios to join the usual collection of buskers.
King's Square is a popular place for street entertainers. There's some very
good juggling acts at times.