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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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Fun whilst wandering

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
BlackoutChris
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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FREEFUN517, Owner at York Cat Trail, responded to this review

Well done to you Blackout Chris... a new member in the last 2 months yet you have travelled over 20 , 000 miles since becoming a member. You have been busy..... but it's great you can remember the pork pies on my attraction......? York has heaps of spurious reviews from hosts and friends of competing attractions this is a competitive... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

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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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This trail is excellent, not only is it free but it gives you a little bit of history, takes you around York and is SO MUCH fun, get your leaflet from the Cat shop in the Shambles

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We picked on of the brochures and decided to look around for the cats. it is a fantastic way of knowing the city. We were not searching for the cats themselves except for one or two at the end of our stay. You definitely have to look for some cats since they are not in the touristic parts of York,... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The detailed and easy to follow map provides a great free tour of the city that contains interesting trivia. There's also a shorter walk, the kitten trail, for if you're short on time!

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