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Shopping in York

Shopping in York is a major attraction. Besides the usual high-street chains, York is filled by little independent shops, particularly art, antique and antiquarian bookshops.

Key areas

York boasts an abundance of designer labels and independent shops within the old historic streets near the Minster, while the real commercial centre next to the river features high street names and big brands.

Markets

York's daily Newgate Market, situated in Newgate, adjacent to The Shambles, has over 100 stalls, with particular emphasis on local produce.

Shopping centres

Head to the York Designer Outlet, at St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, for top fashion brands from the UK and beyond. Expect up to 60% off labels like Escade, Reiss, Ted Baker and more. There's also a Food Quarter with chain restaurants, cafés and even fish and chips.

Opening hours

Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday 0900-1700, or later, with shortened opening times on Sunday.

Souvenirs

Be it a Viking comb or a Medieval remedy, you'll find all manner of replicas and ornaments in the well-stocked gift shops of the various museums. Known for its chocolate, York is also well served by chocolate-makers such as Monk Bar Chocolatiers at 7 The Shambles. A trip to Betty's, at 46 Stonegate, is also must as the company's famous teas, breads and cakes make good souvenirs.

Tax information

VAT is added to most goods at 20%.

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The Bar Convent

Situated in the oldest existing convent in England (established in 1686), The Bar Convent offers accommodation with a difference, in elegant surroundings and with a unique and informal ambience. This Grade I listed Georgian building was renovated in the summer of 2006.

The Churchill Hotel

All of the rooms in this hotel are individually decorated and its historic charm is guaranteed to beguile. Housed in a Georgian mansion built around 1827, the Churchill offers a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is very good, sourcing its ingredients locally and in accordance with the seasons.

The Grange Hotel

A Grade-II-listed Regency townhouse, The Grange exudes good taste - the attached Ivy Brasserie (which received two AA rosettes in 2006) is worth a mention too. Elegant and luxurious, the hotel also offers modern comfort and convenience, including Wi-Fi access.

Middlethorpe Hall

This country house, built in 1699, offers the optimum in lavishness: set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland, it is decorated with antiques consistent with the period of the house, yet also manages to be modern with its own health and fitness spa.

Romley House

This family-run guest house provides a friendly and efficient service at bargain prices. Rooms are homely, decorated in white and floral patterns. Romley House is also renowned for its pictorial and ceramic clown collection - a typical touch of such child-friendly accommodation. Staying here is a way of receiving some classic Yorkshire hospitality.

York International Youth Hostel

This youth hostel's good service and clean and comfortable rooms guarantee good value for money. Although located just outside the city centre, the 10- to 15-minute walk is a delightfully scenic one along the river. The hostel's bedrooms range from single rooms to dorms accommodating up to eight people.