Whatever your shopping preference, be it specialist and market shopping or a top 10 shopping city break, Yorkshire shopping breaks are where you’ll enjoy best designer shopping, beautiful converted mill craft centres and funky designer shopping outlets. For fashion, crafts and specialist food, Yorkshire shops offer more than the wow factor!
Love Leeds Shopping
Top 10 Yorkshire shopping break Leeds, with fast rail links to London, will have designer and vintage shopping fans hooked with its magical Edwardian shopping arcades mixing big designer fashion names with quirky independent boutiques, craft shops and the chicest of cafes.
Leeds and York both have top UK vintage shopping scenes, with regular Vintage Fairs taking place in York’s central Merchant Adventurers’ Hall and in Leeds’ Victorian Corn Exchange. Leeds is a city with a fascinating retail heritage! Michael Marks opened his first stall at Kirkgate Market in the city in 1884, followed by the opening of an M&S store on Briggate in 1909.
York & Sheffield Shopping Breaks
Find best designer shopping at unbeatable prices at York Designer outlet or tour the stunning city centre with famous shopping streets like the Shambles near the Minster, lined with specialist craft and food shops. Discover the indoor shopping world of Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre with nearly 300 stores under one roof, then hop aboard the Metro to Sheffield city centre for an exquisite selection of boutique independent shops and a funky vintage shopping and award-winning cafe scene around the Devonshire Quarter.
Specialist & Crafts
More designer boutiques and unique specialist shops mingle with fine dining and gastro inns in the Yorkshire spa towns of Harrogate and Ilkley. If you’re looking for beautiful craft centres, second hand books shops and antiques emporiums, find them in the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and market towns. Yorkshire contains a huge choice of beautiful craft, organic and Fairtrade shopping centres form Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire to the market towns of Leyburn and Richmond.
Across the Yorkshire coast and countryside you’ll find craft shops and centres unique to the region. Jewellery made from Yorkshire’s great ‘Black Gold’ – Whitby jet – is on sale in numerous independent jewellers and craft centres around the cobbled streets of Whitby. Browse the best of local produce and specialist foods in craft centres, farmer’s markets and weekly local produce markets across the Moors and Dales.
Made in Yorkshire
Specialist Yorkshire brands are everywhere in market towns and villages from independent Yorkshire outdoor clothing shops to cheese shops and real ale shops at a choice of local breweries. Shopping was practically invented in Yorkshire, from the ‘off the peg’ clothing ranges originating from Montague Burton and the formation of Marks & Spencer in Leeds to the birth of the supermarket – both Asda and Morrisons began life in Leeds and Bradford respectively. Come and discover one of the best shopping scenes in the UK – book a shopping break in Yorkshire online!
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.