City Centre Shop
York Gin: Shop of the year
The York Gin shop - at 12 Pavement, York, YO1 9UP - is perfect if you're looking to buy gin in York.
The shop - in the iconic 16th Century Sir Thomas Herbert's House - won Visit York Shop of the Year 2020.
We're open 7 days a week from 10:30am until 5:30pm.
We offer free gin samples, gin advice from the famously friendly and expert York Gin team, and we're Covid-safe.
As well as our gins (some of the world's best, made in York's only distillery) we also sell a range of locally-made souvenirs and gifts.
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.
We've installed Perspex screens, a hand sanitiser station, and a beautiful ‘Puss & Mew’ tasting machine means customers can taste and chat about all our gins in a safe, 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. It's safe to visit York Gin!
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.
More about the shop
You'll find the beautiful York Gin shop in one of the city's most iconic buildings - the 16th century Herbert House.
We're opposite M&S, just a few seconds’ walk from Shambles - one of the most famous streets in York and Yorkshire.
You can sample all our gins for free and ask any questions - our team of gin experts are famous for their friendliness and expertise.
As well as large bottles and gift sets of our gins, we stock York Gin branded clothing (including face covers), kitchenware, gifts and accessories.
We get fantastic reviews for our shop and customer service. Here they are on TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook - we hope to see you soon!
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
We've redesigned an illegal 18th century vending machine to keep York Gin shop's customers safe from the coronavirus.
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 five 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.