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York Cat Trail

34 Shambles, York, England
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Ranked #5 of 68 activities in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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 « less
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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20 helpful votes 20 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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3 attraction reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Take all day and incorporate it with sight seeing, great fun for the kids and lots to see en route. Start early and enjoy some of the many food shops en route

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I never imagined that this cat hunting would be such a fun! It is an excellent way to discover parts of the city centre of York and see some excellent types of cat statues attached on walls, hunting on roofs, stretching on balcony rails, curl outside windows or look curiously from above a door as you pass by! I highly... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I happened upon this Cat Trail when wandering down the Shambles in York. I saw the leaflet and convinced my hubby to follow it. We are avid photographers visiting York for the weekend, so the trail was a good way of planning a route around the place. I didn't follow it in the order they suggested and mixed it up... More

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Derbyshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Being a crazy-cat-lady-in-training this was always going to appeal but my partner thoroughly enjoyed it too and pronounced it a great way of touring the city centre. We viewed the main landmarks that York has to offer, stopping off at various points to explore further, and spent an extremely enjoyable morning following this well-thought out trail.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

A nice way to spend a sunny day in York. The cats have an interesting history and it is fun to find them in various places around the city as well as see the wonderful architecture.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We really enjoyed this self guided trail - it's a fun way to see the city, particularly on a sunny spring morning.

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