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York Cat Trail

#16 of 54 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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A fun scavenger hunt

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Palm Springs, California, United States

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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York, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We picked up a leaflet in York with a map of about 22 cats to find. We decided to pick out 11 to do and if the grandchildren enjoyed it we would save to other 11 for another day. We had a great time finding them, some had names already, others we gave them names. As we passed the Lucky... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the hunt and it took us away from our usual haunts in York. The map could have been a little clearer as the children found it quite frustrating when they couldn't find the cats but then again, it was free, so you can't complain. We noticed a few other families peering at their maps and there was a... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

There seem to be 2 cat trails rather than one, one leaflet guide available from the glass shop in the shambles and the other from the cat shop in low petergate. I followed the former and there appears very little in it. The trail shows you parts of York you may be unfamiliar with and is great if you like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

I did this walk with my two boys both under three and my nephews 8 and 11 and my parents so we only did the short pedestrian route. Picked up the leaflet and off we went. The route was easy and doable with a pushchair. The clues were good and could be easily followed by the older boys. The younger... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

In such a busy city with so much going on it was great to find something free and well worth doing....you get to see bits of york you might not normally see and if you love cats its really brilliant fun...i highly recommend searching the moggies out .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Had quite a bit of fun looking for the cats. Took nearly 3 hrs but nice to see the city. Some were a bit tricky to find. I think I took as many cat photos as anything else in the city. Though it would be fun with a few people, even as a lone traveller enjoyed the tour.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Walking through or around (walking on the walls was our favorite) York is fun on its own, but if you like treasure hunts and searches, be sure to pick up a Cat Trail map. We found the map at the TI office. There are 20+ cat sculptures lurking above your head around the city, most of them on the sides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We picked this map up from the glass shop in the shambles showing a trail around the centre of York like a treasure hunt to find all the little cats - sculptures etc. My friend and I hadn't spotted any until we knew they were there to look for although we had walked around most of York by the time... More 

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