York Shops and shopping in York England UK

One of the main attractions in York is its many shops. Personally I love to stroll around window shopping in the city centre. Many a good hour can be spent like this for free. If you feel like pushing the boat out a bit, good quality tea and coffee is available in the many cafes. This is a simple guide to a few of the big name shops in the city centre and the many shopping centres that York has to offer. If you wish to visit the city then keep a eye on the time, as once you are here, you will find it goes very fast. There are just so many shop windows to look in and so much else to see. It's a shoppers dream. Wherever you go, who ever you go with, you will find a shop in York to suit you. For its size, it could be said that the shops in York are for the top shoppers of England. Travel here and be dazzled by the abundant array.

How to get there - York Shopping

You can shop until you drop and then some in York! Trains run regularly to York. From the train station it is easy to walk into the city centre. If you have come by car, use the award winning Park and Ride services all around the outer ringroad. Driving into the city is not recommended as it is basically a pedestrian district. Thus, parking spaces are hard to come by. Once here you can shop at places not usually found in a modern English city or you can drive out to one of the nearby shopping parks. Also, there are shuttle buses to the out of town shopping centres available from the city centre.

City Centre Shopping

"It's a busy little hamlet this." I heard a Geordie visitor say one day in the centre of York. Due to extraordinary demand from day visitors and tourists alike, the famous York Snickleways and streets can be crammed with shoppers. There are quaint curiosity and souvenir shops, Arts & Crafts specialists, and the city centre. Additionally, Newgate Market is open daily. Famous high street names include Marks & Spencer, BHS, W.H. Smith, Browns Of York, Fenwick's and Holland & Barrett. There are also a number of famous street Cafes like Betty's. Also some of York's oldest buildings on Goodramgate are now shops.

Newgate Market

This renowned market is open 7 days a week. It is located in the heart of the city between York Minster and Parliament Street. The market is easy to get to and around on foot. It has a great variety of stalls to keep you busy. There are also areas around here that street entertainers perform to entertain you.

Coppergate Shopping

Coppergate is a modern shopping complex York city centre. It is home to a number of high street stores. Body Shop, Dolcis, Clarks Shoes, Fenwicks, Boots, Evans, Thomas the Baker, Thorntons, Gullivers, Starbucks, Marks & Spencer to name a few.


In days gone by, Swinegate was the pig market. Located a short distance from Stonegate and York Minster, it is now the place to find designer fashion, restaurants and cafe bars. It is not the easiest place to find but once you are there you will be impressed!


Micklegate is thought to be the finest Georgian Street in York if not the finest in the country. Although no longer as packed as it used to be, it is a good place to find books, paintings furniture, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Out of Town Shopping Near York

Clifton Moor

Located just off of the York outer ring road, North of York city centre. Shopping and a nearby pub the Flying Legends which is child-friendly with meals. Also the Warner Brothers cinema complex is here for when you need a good movie. Shops include: D.F.S., Wilko, Boots, Bensons for Beds, Wren Kitchens, Oak Furnitureland and Tesco.

Monks Cross

This is York's newest Shopping center. It is laid out very much like your classic American shopping mall. It is located in in the city of York with busses running frequently to it from the city centre. Shops include Poundland, Laura Ashley, Boots, Primark, W.H. Smith, Clarks and more!

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet

This shopping center is the largest in the York area. It gives out of town a setting for top brands from top fashion to every day items for the home. McArthurGlen offers shoppers stock that is surplus to high street store requirements. Prices can be 25% to 50% off recommended retail. Adidas, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Denby, Hallmark just to name a few brands you may find here. There are over 80 shops to choose from with top designer labels. Parking is free and it is open 7 days a week. Thursday night is late night shopping until 8pm!

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