Britain's prettiest street revealed

Fourteenth-century market road named the most charming street in the UK


The Shambles

York's famous 14th-century market road The Shambles has been named Britain's prettiest street in a new survey.

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The street, which played host to a thriving meat market from the 14th to the 19th century, is characterised by overhanging timber-framed buildings that line the road, some of which date back over 700 years.

In the poll of 1,000 UK residents by National Express, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh was named the second most attractive street, followed by the sweeping Georgian architecture of the Circus in Bath which took the third spot.

The survey was conducted to uncover the nation's most charming streets in a bid to encourage people to take in somewhere new over Easter weekend.

Colourful shopfronts and cobbled streets earned Steep Hill in Lincoln, a place in the list, along with the Marketplace in Devizes and Eastgate Street in Chester.

Britain's 15 prettiest streets:

1. The Shambles, York
2. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
3. The Circus, Bath
4. Waterside (into Southern Lane) Stratford upon Avon
5. Steep Hill, Lincoln
6. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury and Kings Parade, Cambridge
7. Elm Hill, Norwich
8. Eastgate Street, Chester
9. The Market Place, Devizes
10. Main Street, Harworth and Harbour Street, Whitstable
11. The Square, Winchester
12. Thomas Street, Wells and Gay Street, Newcastle
13. Cecily Hill, Cirencester and Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
14. Catherine Hill, Frome
15. The Homend, Ledbury

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