The Shopping Scene in York

Relatively speaking, York may be a small town, but the fact that it’s tied for second spot with Manchester as the UK’s most visited city should tell you a lot about what it has to offer. York continues to punch well above its weight by way of the attractions it offers and going beyond the festivals it’s famous for, the city offers a whole lot for eager shoppers.

Whether you’re rolling into town with the kids in tow and you want to spoil the whole family, or indeed if you’re hunting for a unique gift for someone special, York has it all. Even the most demanding of shoppers will find it really hard to fault the shopping scene York has to offer, with the city featuring a good blend of high street outlets, designer labels, antique shops and independents. In other words, if you can’t find it in York, either you’re just not looking hard enough or you won’t find it anywhere else.

There’s even an open air market featuring more than 100 stalls and a variety of different traders each day, otherwise, you can catch a Park & Ride bus to pay a visit to the York Designer Outlet for some famous fashion label items for sale at great prices. There are plenty of restaurants and attractions to enjoy with the kids between all the shopping.

Health and Beauty

A rejuvenating and relaxing pamper session at the spa will do you a world of good, whether you just want to recharge your batteries to keep shopping or if you’ve been long overdue some serious relaxation. Stock up on your health and beauty supplements and other products at some of the best prices.

Gifts and Experiences

This is a two-in-one experience of hunting for gifts and getting a good taste of York’s unique offering in antiques and gifts and the stores in which they’re sold. There’s always something special to discover and whomever you’re sourcing a gift for will have a hard time finding it anywhere else.

Jewellery and Fashion

In addition to the extensive choice in fashion (as discussed), fashionistas who have a keen eye for the dazzling jewellery piece or two (or three, or four) will not be out of place here. Big brand stores on the high street are well complemented by independent boutiques.

Local Produce

Some of the finest produce found anywhere in the UK comes all the way from York, so your visit to the heart of some of the nation’s best in fresh produce should be made full use of. Get it all fresh and delicious from themed cafes or the farmer’s market…

Home and Garden

Take home with you a piece of York with some creative and stylish items in unique ornaments, furniture and anything else which bears the primary purpose of sprucing up one’s home or garden.

Books and Antiques

Countless treasures in books and antiques await the inquisitive soul who is willing to take the time to explore some of the books shops and antique centres, sure to find something to suit every budget.

This page has some fantastic information about other great things to do in York:

It covers everything from tourist attractions to drinks to food. Check it out.

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