Coronavirus update: York Gin shop re-opens. Full details

York Gin city centre shop re-opens

The York Gin shop - officially the best shop in the city - has re-opened.

The shop on Pavement is winner of Best Shop at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2020.

Enhanced safety measures are now in place: We've secured the Good To Go Visit England kitemark, and we've installed Perspex screens and a hand sanitiser station.

In addition, the installation of 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.

And, of course, our famously friendly expert staff are on hand to answer all your questions.

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.

The York Gin shop in the city centre

12 Pavement, YO1 9UP

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 other top Yorkshire gins, York Gin branded clothing, 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!

Find the York Gin shop

Opening hours & other info

Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm 

Phone number:  07860920298


The closest car park is the Castle car park, next to Clifford's Tower.

Public Transport Directions

Park & Ride: Take the bus to the city centre. We're opposite M&S.

Train: We're a 10-minute walk from York train station - our postcode is YO1 9UP.

Other info

Disabled access. Children welcome - offered tasters of lemonade while adults try the gin. Dogs welcome - water bowl outside.

What our customers say - York Gin shop reviews

Just as great as I expected. Not a gin drinker, but left a convert with 3 bottles.

- Paula S, LinkedIn

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

Some of the things you'll find in the York Gin shop

We sell all our gins - York Gin London Dry, York Gin Roman Fruit, York Gin Outlaw, York Gin Old Tom and York Gin Grey Lady - in 70cl, 20cl and 5cl bottles.

You can also buy the smaller bottles in elegant gift sets (twin packs for 20cl bottles and twin and triple packs for the 5cl miniatures), and in our brilliant Discovery Box

You'll also find accessories like branded Copa (balloon) glasses, bottle openers, key rings and fridge magnets.

We also have gin racks and coasters. Plus we sell York Gin clothing - aprons, T-shirts, hats and caps - and a Yorkshire gins area features the best other gins from our county.


We’ve worked closely with the York Conservation Trust - the charity that owns the building - and York design agency, Lazenby-Brown and York up-cyclers PurePallets and PureLasered to create something we’re really proud of. Here's a gallery of images.