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Review of York Cat Trail

York Cat Trail
Ranked #19 of 59 Tours in York
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Good and fun way to get orientated around York. It's fun trying to find the cats, and stopped several times to look around at other things that the trail took us to. Tip: we started the walk early (9am) before all the streets got crowded with people on our first day in York.

1  Thank Beccajane007
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

It's a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours sightseeing the main points of interest in York, plus it is so much fun to discover the cats dotted around the city. It is a great activity for couples, families etc. We will be doing it again as floods prevented us from finding 2 cats. But you will love it!

1  Thank ioanamaxim
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is a really sweet and endearing way to spend an afternoon in York. My boyfriend began by buying me one of the glass cat charms in the shop at the beginning of the trail before we set off searching for cats!

Even though we live in York, we found ourselves wandering into places we hadn't been before and you also get to go by scenic spots like the river and the bridge. Spotting the cats can be harder than expected so you find yourself getting very involved! A fun and quirky way to explore the city of York and I still have the little glass cat as a souvenir.

1  Thank Jess C
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I looked at tripadvisor reviews and thought about doing a cat trail. It turned out be an extremely interesting and special way to explore York. From the different cat statues hidden in different places, I suddenly felt more in love with York. Definitely recommend!

2  Thank helloMinming
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Found this quite by accident but had a great time wandering all over York looking for the cats - some are old, some are new, some are in plain sight, some take ages to spot - it can be quite a challenge to see some of them but great fun and a great way to explore parts of York you usually don't see....and if you have kids a fun game. Apparently the cat statues, sculptures etc were put on buildings to frighten away rats and mice to prevent plague and illness - not sure how successful they were but they are certainly a fabulous legacy and yet another quirky attraction for York.

2  Thank christine_ashdown
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