A collection of independent businesses have come together to create The Micklegate Quarter, a new shopping and dining area surrounding Micklegate.
The Micklegate Quarter aims to follow in the successful footsteps of The Minster Quarter, one of York’s most popular areas for retail, dining and tourism at the heart of the city. The Micklegate area is often overlooked by shoppers in favour of streets surrounding the Minster, such as Goodramgate and Stonegate, with residents and tourists seemingly relectunt to take the short trip for the main shopping streets.
Six months ago, traders on Micklegate became involved in the Micklegate Action Group, with plans to attract attention to the street and surrounding area, hoping to boost businesses. Plans were set into action after several businesses in the area closed within months of each other, including the Yorkshire Food Company and the Blake Head Bookshop. Fast forward half a year later and there now are over 100 businesses now involved in the Micklegate Action Group, hoping to establish the area, welcome new businesses and increase footfall.
The Group’s first step was funding a Christmas tree to be placed in the churchyard of St Martin-cum-Gregory church on Micklegate. This is visible to those crossing the Ouse Bridge and into George Hudson Street, drawing attention to the area. The official launch of the Quarter was held this Tuesday, on 20th December, with ‘Carols in Micklegate’, a carol service around the Christmas tree.
We hope it signals a change in fortunes for the sometimes forgotten area of the city. With everything from bars, art galleries, shops and restaurants, Micklegate has something for everyone, so cross the river, take a trip and discover your new favourite street.