Today I’ll be heading back to the UK after one year of absence. Feeling super excited to walk again on those familiar streets that, in 6 years, slowly became my home away from home.
The UK is famous for many awesome attractions, one of them being…shopping!
Even me, not exactly a shopping girl, from time to time I couldn’t resist some serious shopping spree during my years in England. I’m telling you: the temptation is there!
For this reason, and also because Christmas time is approaching very fast, I am very glad to host this post on the most Famous shopping Streets in the UK! If you are planning a visit, this is definitely a must read!
TOP 5 FAMOUS SHOPPING STREET IN THE UK
What makes a great weekend break for you? For most, it’s all about sightseeing, eating out, relaxing, and if you can fit it in…shopping. A bit of retail therapy is always an added bonus when you’re away and thankfully most popular short break destinations are great for sightseeing and shopping.
If you’re hoping to fit in a little shopping spree on your next trip, why not consider visiting one of these Top 5 Famous Shopping Street Destinations?
1)CARNABY STREET – LONDON
A trip to the capital is not complete without a spot of shopping, but where do you begin? One place worth checking out for shopping in London is the distinctively popular Carnaby Street. Sat in the Soho district, this shopping haven is bursting with independent boutiques, fashion retailers and global brands as well as an abundance of must-try restaurants, cafes and bars.
Historic records tell us the street was laid in 1685, but it wasn’t until the 1820s that the shopping really began. Starting out as a market, Carnaby Street is now one of London’s top spots for shopping and retail pleasure. From Jack Wills and Muji to Pylones and Choccywoccydoodah, this is one shopping destination that will certainly fill an afternoon when spending a weekend in London.
2)THE SHAMBLES -YORK
This famous medieval street is the perfect place to combine a bit of shopping and sightseeing. Walking down the old cobbled road beneath the overhanging timber-framed buildings, you can take in York’s fascinating past while hopping in some of the city’s finest independent shops. From vintage boutiques to delicious chocolatiers, there’s plenty for both shopaholics and eager tourists to explore.
Not only historically interesting, The Shambles was also voted Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010 and welcomed the Olympic Torch in 2012 as it journeyed through York. Not bad for an old 14th-century road!
3)PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is a fantastic place to capture a bit of Scotland’s history and culture. With plenty of spectacular art galleries and museums across the city, and of course the iconic Edinburgh Castle, you can easily enjoy a short break in this beautiful city. In-between all the attractions sit Edinburgh’s Princes Street perfect for an afternoon hitting the shops.
As Edinburgh’s main shopping street, you’ll find everything you need from Boots and BHS to Topshop and House of Fraser. Stretching around 1 mile long, the south side offers stunning panoramic views of the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle, while the north side is dedicated to lots of lovely shops. With this in mind, Princes Street is an excellent choice for a shopping and sightseeing combo in Edinburgh.
4)MARKET STREET MANCHESTER
Visiting Manchester offers many options for the enthusiastic tourist. Famous for sport, music, TV, nightlife and culture, you’ll find plenty to see and do in this modern and energetic city, including shopping!
For the ultimate retail therapy session on a city break in Manchester, head straight to Market Street. As you step onto this fully pedestrianized road and see all the major high street shops, you’ll know it’s time for some serious shopping. Credit card in hand…shoppers can enjoy the delights of Mango, Primark, Marks and Spencer, Urban Outfitters, H&M, TK Maxx, Debenhams and many, many more!
5)MILSOM PLACE -BATH
Spectacular architecture, iconic attractions and fantastic shopping, that’s Bath summed up in one! So where better to enjoy a sophisticated and cultural short break complete with that all-important allotted shopping time?
If you’re looking to escape the more common high street names, then Bath’s Milsom Place is definitely worth a look. Home to a diverse range of retailers from passionate fashionistas to budding style gurus, this is one shopping hotspot you won’t find anywhere else. With high-quality homeware, trending fashions and an eclectic mix of eateries on offer, you’ll need more than just an afternoon to make the most of this shopping street.
Have you experienced any of these shopping streets first hand? What’s your favorite shopping destination in the UK? We’d love to hear from you! And, if after your shopping spree you decide that it’s time to move to England… read my super detailed guide!
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Hayley Brent, she is passionate about traveling, with a strong interest in European adventures. Her recent explorations include trips along the Spanish coast, French Riviera, Italian lakes and Eastern Europe.