Discovering York's famous streets Information
York has everything the tourist and shopper could want: a mixture of independent shops and Boutiques, High Street Stores, Designer Labels and an outdoor market.
Coney Street is the main street for shopping in York today and always has been. Dating back as far as 1213 when the Vikings named it 'Cuningstreta' meaning King street.
Parliament Street was built in 1834 and now houses some of the largest Banks in the city. The wide pedestrian street is used as a venue for food festivals and exhibitions as well as street entertainers.At Christmas time a Children's fair is erected in Parliament as part of the annual St Nicholas Fair.
Shops here include Marks and Spencers, Carphone Warehouse, Whittards Teas, Thornton's Chocolates and Claire's accessories amongst others.
For the best view of York Minster's famous Rose Window you should go to the top floor of Marks and Spencers. A specially designed window was made in the department store to give a pefect view of the stained glass Rose Window across the skyline of York.
The feature fountain in Parliament street is a popular meeting place with nearby coffee bars providing al fresco seating.
Located in the space between Parliament street and the Shambles there is a fresh food and vegetable market called Newgate Market. A consolidated York Market was originally situated in Parliament street from 1837 until the market relocated to its current home in 1964. Today's market has over 100 stalls selling dry goods as well as fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish.
Stonegate is one of the most popular shopping streets for the tourist in York. It is full of Character and charm and is always busy.There is usually one or two street entertainers such as the man on a bike painted Purple!! There are a variety of shops such as Mulberry Hall, Crabtree and Evelyn, antique shops and Jewellers. The public houses along this street include some of the most unique in York. The Olde Starre Inne, possibly the oldest pub in York is located on this street.The Evil Eye is next door to The Olde Starre and further down the street is The House of the trembling madness which has to be seen to be believed.
Rose Window 2
Street Entertainer 1
Black Swan Pub
Minster dominates the skyline
"The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream" - Jack Kerouac