For the record: a vinyl shopping guide to York

Here's where to buy your records in the historic city

When people think of York, they probably think of a historic gem in North Yorkshire – not a treasure trove awaiting vinyl shoppers. But there are some great record stores dotted around York’s streets, as well as Banks Music Rooms, which sit on Lendal. Here are the must-visit vinyl shops in York…

1. Vinyl Eddie

86 Tadcaster Rd, York YO24 1LR

Pros: When they see the eclectic mix of records throughout the rows and rows of vinyl, visitors to this shop will be sure to find something that they want. The Parkinson brothers who co-own the shop will give you friendly and great service, and you’ll get 10% off any items if you’re a student. It’s got a mix of remasters, second-hand and first presses in the shop: Vinyl Eddie can’t be missed if you visit York.
Cons: The distance of the shop from the city centre makes it slightly difficult to reach, but it’s a straight road from the train station, and there’s plenty of parking towards the store.

2. The Inkwell

10 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ

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Pros: Specialising in reissues and brand new vinyl, The Inkwell also sells a range of beginner record players to kick-start a wave of new collectors in the city. The Inkwell is a perfect place to flick through soul, funk, hip-hop and indie records. The friendly staff are on hand to help you look for specific records, too.
Cons: Its collection isn’t enormous: The Inkwell prioritises quality over quantity. So if you’re looking for something specific, it might be worth checking on the website before you visit.


3. Earworm Records

1 Powells Yard, Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS

Pros: Selling second-hand and brand new vinyl, Earworm sits somewhere between the bulk of Vinyl Eddie and the minimalist approach of The Inkwell. It’s got those ‘must own’ gems of Bowie, The Beatles and The Stone Roses, its prices are reasonable, and the customer service is good. While they do sell records online, they have a lot more records in store.
Cons: Earworm Records is located in the heart of the city but despite its ideal location, it’s located down the side alley of Goodramgate, Powells Yard – so it’s not the easiest place to find for those who aren’t in the know.

Words: Patrick Gouldsbrough