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York , United Kingdom
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The most-visited street in Europe is the narrow cobbled lane known as the Shambles, lined with 15th-century Tudor buildings that overhang so much they seem to meet above your head. Quaint and picturesque it most certainly is, and it hints at what a medieval street may have looked like – even if it's now overrun with people who've been told to buy a tacky souvenir and be back on the tour bus in 15 minutes. The Shambles takes its name from the Saxon word shamel , meaning 'slaughterhouse' – in 1862 there were 26 butcher shops on this street.