City Centre Shop
York Gin: Shop of the year
Visit the York Gin shop for some of the world's best gins, made right here in York.
The shop is in the 16th Century Sir Thomas Herbert's House - at 12 Pavement, YO1 9UP.
Open 10:30am until 5:30pm every day with free gin samples and gin advice from the famously friendly York Gin team. It won the York Shop of the Year title in 2020.
The shop also hosts fascinating, fun and delicious Gin Tastings after hours. Customers love them. More info
If you can't make it to the city centre shop, our online shop has our full range - with free UK delivery.
Safe to visit the York Gin shop
The York Gin shop has a whole range of measures in place to keep you and our staff safe.
Perspex screens, hand sanitiser, and a ‘Puss & Mew’ tasting machine allows customers to taste our gins in a socially-distanced manner.
This addition - harking back to an original 18th Century gin vending machine - makes shopping for York Gin an experience you won't forget.
We've secured the ‘Good To Go’ Visit England kitemark, the AA ‘Covid-19 Confident’ award, and we have a 5-star rating from the Food Standards Agency.
Opening hours & other info
Open: 7 days a week from 10.30am until 5.30pm.
Phone: 01904 848900
Parking: Closest car park is at Clifford's Tower.
Park & Ride: Take the bus to the city centre. We're opposite M&S.
Train: 10-min walk from train station. Postcode: YO1 9UP.
Other info: Disabled access. Children welcome - lemonade tasters. Dogs welcome - water bowl outside.
Gin Tasting Experience
The hour-long gin tasting experience after hours in the York Gin shop is fun, fascinating and delicious. Everyone who attends loves them.
Here's what you get with the Juniper Package:
- A guided taste of our full range of gins
- Two full G&Ts with paired Fever-Tree tonics, garnishes and ice
- Tips on how to taste gin like a pro (a skill you'll use when you drink all future G&Ts)
- Learn how gin is distilled - and lots of other gin knoweldge
- Find out the stories behind each of the six York Gins
What our customers say - York Gin shop reviews
Beautiful gin and such lovely staff - very willing to talk you through (and sample) all the flavours.
- Becky M, Google
They were so friendly and the gin was lovely. This place is a gem.
- Pen D, TripAdvisor
Fantastic helpful staff helped me to decide what to buy for Christmas gift.
- Stephanie W, Facebook
Puss & Mew historical tasting machine
During the pandemic we redesigned an illegal 18th Century vending machine to keep York Gin shop's customers safe.
The Puss & Mew vending machine (in the shape of a cat) first appeared on the side of a London house as a way to evade the Gin Act of 1736 (which tried stop the people drinking too much during the ‘Gin Craze’).
A drinker asked if the ‘puss’ had any gin. If it ‘mewed’, they put a coin in its mouth - and the person inside the house would pour some gin that flowed from a pipe in its paw, which went down the drinker’s throat.
The York Gin Perspex version is designed to let customers sample any of our gins in a safe environment.
A shop assistant pours the gin down a tube through a hole in the Perspex glass and into the customer’s disposable cup. This means both customers and staff can socially distance while discussing the gins.