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York Cat Trail

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Address: 34 Shambles, York, England
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Description: 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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Great fun!

Such fun! You start at York glass shop in Shambles (don't forget to go in, pick up the map and buy a lucky cat) and you have to find 21 cat statues located around the old town... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Ewa S
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Blessington, Ireland
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88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We have been visiting York for years and have just done this for the first time. We had a party of 8 ages ranging from 3-65 and surprisingly (how much fun can a cat trail be??), everyone enjoyed it! We know York very well, but this is a great way to see the city and is really great fun. A... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Loved this free cat trail to find the hidden cat sculptures around York city centre. Teenagers loved following the map directions, although some a little vague, and loved finding the cats! You can easikh spend an hour or so on tnis, and better still, it doesnt cost Anything!

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Blessington, Ireland
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Such fun! You start at York glass shop in Shambles (don't forget to go in, pick up the map and buy a lucky cat) and you have to find 21 cat statues located around the old town, using directions and hints. I felt like I was looking for a treasure and had so much fun ( all 21 cats found).... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Great fun wee tour to keep you on your toes as you wander through the shambles and York. Some really ornate cats, though best thing about it was that my other half spent so much time looking up for cats I could stealthily eat her pork crackling.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Fun for kids and adults. A great way to see the Shambles and beyond. Pick up a free map and follow the clues to find the cats and learn the history of the area. We returned often until we found all the cats. Enjoy free tea samples anytime and especially on a chilly day. If you like it, buy some... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a brilliant way to see the sights of York for free and familiarise yourself with the town, with the added interest of finding the cats on the buildings along the way! The map is quite basic, but easy to follow, and you can take it at your own pace with no time constraints. We wandered around the town... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Gave us a good walk around the city and looking for the cats made us focus on the varied architecture (and pubs along the route). There are a few leaflets from cat related shops vying for your attention and they have produced a leaflet and map to follow. The one from the Glass shop is the poorest, the Cat Gallery... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Fab, Fun, Free! What more could you want. I have been visiting York for years and never knew this existed let alone the cats everywhere. Beautiful city and lovely trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We really enjoyed this little tour. It is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city centre. We did it by night so some of the cats were impossible to see so we came back the following morning, it was still a lot of fun!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Quite a challenge and could easily be done while doing other tours (in fact we found a few while on a terror tour). Good clean fun and interesting.

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