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York Cat Trail

#17 of 57 Tours in York
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Address: 34 Shambles, York YO1 7LX, England
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FREE FUN IN YORK... aka The Fabulous York Cat Trail provides both visitors...

FREE FUN IN YORK... aka The Fabulous York Cat Trail provides both visitors and locals with the opportunity to find and photo the numerous statues of cats which are on York's old buildings. These were put there to frighten away rats and mice. The statues were also thought to ward off wandering evil spirits and to bestow good luck and good health on people. Enjoy the trail... it's FREE! You are warmly invited to download it from our website, or to pick it up from our Shambles based shop

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We didn't really have to time to get them all but what a fun way to see the city. We found the first one by accident in The Shambles picked up a leaflet and went from there. We... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't really have to time to get them all but what a fun way to see the city. We found the first one by accident in The Shambles picked up a leaflet and went from there. We got just over half so we have decided another visit is on the cards to get the rest.

Thank PhilB505
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Reviewed 1 week ago

completing the cat trail was a great way to explore some of the city. some cats were a little tricky to find but added to the fun. would be great activity thats free to keep children occupied too

1 Thank lizcollop
Ripon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

There are 22 cats to see on the trail covering the middle of York. You download a map from the web site to enable you to locate each of the cats. The cats are all located at a height on the walls or on the robes of buildings. As long as the weather is good it is a nice way... More 

3 Thank Y2457EGrobertc
Cap d'Ail, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We picked up a brochure on arrival in York on the Cat Trail. We did not get to do it all, but had a lot of fun with my daughter finding a lot of them. They say it was started to keep rodents off the buildings centuries ago. There is a map with clues and you have to find them... More 

3 Thank Magg06
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Myself and My girlfriend found out about the trail from the leaflet rack at our excellent hotel The Watergate Inn which we can't recommend highly enough. We completed the Cat Trail in an hour and a half and thoroughly enjoyed our adventure as it took us to beautiful parts of York we otherwise wouldn't have seen. A lot of the... More 

3 Thank william g
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

can not think of a better way to spend half a day in York then this, pure fun from start to finish, and it takes you to parts of the city you might not have thought to go to and the best bite is its free, we found the best starting place to be The Cats Gallery as this route... More 

2 Thank alchermist
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

As someone who's York born and bred I'd wanted to do this Trail for a long time. I eventually persuaded my 16 year old daughter to accompany me and we had such a special day. On a crisp Saturday morning in late November we started the Trail at 10.45, stopped for lunch at Burr Cafe on Lendal two thirds of... More 

4 Thank SarahWills68
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We completed the Lucky Cat trail on our first day in York and it was a great way to get your bearings and to see parts of York you may not have been to before. It also makes you look up and appreciate to architecture. At a steady pace it took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete

1 Thank Lucy L
Palm Springs, California, United States
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you like cats, this is for you. Hidden above eye level around York are small cat statues. Pick up a free map at York Glass in the Shambles and wander around looking for the cats. This is a fun way to explore York.

1 Thank Steve S
Blairsville, Georgia
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232 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I had stumbled on information about the York Cat Trail by accident before our arrival in York for a one week visit. I'm so glad I did. What an unique and fun adventure. We ended up just wandering around the town streets being amazed at all the different architecture and styles of buildings. And looking for cats !!! Another day... More 

1 Thank joy12Blairsville_GA

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