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York Cat Trail

#14 of 53 Tours in York
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Address: 34 Shambles, York, 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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Cats galore!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

The york cat walk is a one of those best kept secrets. Basically, models of cats are present on buildings across the city and the walk leads you around hinting about where to spot them. A guide can be picked up from the York Glass shop front on the Shambles. The first 9 are very close around the shambles, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I've been to York many times but never knew there was a cat trail! Luckily there was a leaflet about it in our apartment. It's a brilliant way to walk along streets you may not normally venture down and looking for the cats was more fun than I thought. Really enjoyed it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We picked up a leaflet for the Cat Trail at our B&B, our 6 year old daughter is animal mad so we thought we could do this for a bit of fun...plus children get a prize if they answer all the questions correctly. That was it, we were off down the street - on a cat mission! Following clue by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We had time to kill in York and happened upon this. It was a great way to see the city and fun to do. Also learnt about some of the history.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

We had lots of fun walking around York looking for the cats. Even though we have lived here for years we had not noticed the cats so it was good to look at the city in a different light. It rained, hailed and the sun shone during our walk and the kids kept going for over 8km of walking over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

York Cat Tail tour is an excellent way to find hidden gems in the city. We had fun trying to find all the hidden cats. We also found off the beaten track pubs and a great place for cupcakes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The York Glass shop in the middle of The Shambles has leaflets giving a map of the cats that can be found around York. We spent a very enjoyable day crossing the city and photographing all the cats that make up the trail. The leaflet gives hints as to where to find the cats and also where to stop for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

I was thrilled to find this free trail - good walk around parts of the city with a different purpose. Used it to show a friend who didn't know the city well. Does need an up date for Coney Street as 'Clinton' has moved a few doors down!

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