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York Cat Trail

34 Shambles, York, England
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Ranked #7 of 92 Activities in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: FREE FUN IN YORK... aka The Fabulous York Cat Trail provides both visitors and locals with the...
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Owner description: 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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
17 helpful votes 17 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Me and my boyfriend come to york often so have done a lot of the paying attractions but had never spotted any of the cats! When I saw the walk on tripadvisor it looked worth a go. It was much better than we thought we stopped along the way in shops and cafés and spent a good morning doing it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Me and my boyfriend did the cat trail while on a 2 day break away in York! It's well worth doing, not only is it great fun but you get to see parts of the city you might not normally see

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My husband was not looking forward to doing this when I suggested it, but in the end he actually said he enjoyed it. The cats themselves were a bit worse for wear, but it did make it a fun way to get round York. We definitely wouldn't have found some of the areas we came across if we'd just been... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

There's a leaflet outside the glass shop on the Shambles with a map showing the location of a total of 21 cats (mostly little statues on the sides of buildings). As you walk around the town, it's great fun to spot the cats. My husband was patient with me & helped me spot all 21 cats!! (over a couple of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

If you only have couple of days in York, try this!! This is the best way to know all parts of this cute little town on foot. Mind you everywhere in York is within walking distance. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Whether you are traveling in groups, a famuly with children, or solo traveler the York... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We'd already spotted a couple of cats and picked up the leaflet outside the York Glass shop. We organised the next day's sightseeing around the location of the cats. It was a brilliant challenge - and we got them all! A fantastic way of seeing parts of York you might not otherwise see - and got us chatting with some... More 

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