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York Cat Trail

34 Shambles, York YO1 7LX, England
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Good fun, but prepare to be challenged!

We had fun looking for a few cats, but needed the help of the internet for some of them. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hillsboro, Oregon
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Brilliant way to see the city - differently!

Stumbled upon this after we saw a leaflet at the Tourist Info Office. Fun way to walk around the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chesham, Bucks, England
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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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34 Shambles, York YO1 7LX, England

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had fun looking for a few cats, but needed the help of the internet for some of them. The directions and map in the pamphlet could use some revision to add a bit more accuracy and detail. With that, it might be even more...More

Thank crzytch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled upon this after we saw a leaflet at the Tourist Info Office. Fun way to walk around the city, looking up at the buildings to find them all - we did! Took us to areas we would otherwise not bother with - so good...More

Thank Charleygirl76
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We did this on a bank holiday Monday and it was great. It took us about 2 hours without stopping. We got the map which was easy enough to follow. There was only 1 or 2 cats we couldn't find. We'll definitely do this again...More

2  Thank sllmac
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We didn't really have to time to get them all but what a fun way to see the city. We found the first one by accident in The Shambles picked up a leaflet and went from there. We got just over half so we have...More

1  Thank PhilB505
Reviewed 14 April 2017

completing the cat trail was a great way to explore some of the city. some cats were a little tricky to find but added to the fun. would be great activity thats free to keep children occupied too

2  Thank lizcollop
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

There are 22 cats to see on the trail covering the middle of York. You download a map from the web site to enable you to locate each of the cats. The cats are all located at a height on the walls or on the...More

4  Thank Y2457EGrobertc
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We picked up a brochure on arrival in York on the Cat Trail. We did not get to do it all, but had a lot of fun with my daughter finding a lot of them. They say it was started to keep rodents off the...More

3  Thank Magg06
Reviewed 20 February 2017

can not think of a better way to spend half a day in York then this, pure fun from start to finish, and it takes you to parts of the city you might not have thought to go to and the best bite is its...More

4  Thank alchermist
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We completed the Lucky Cat trail on our first day in York and it was a great way to get your bearings and to see parts of York you may not have been to before. It also makes you look up and appreciate to architecture....More

1  Thank Lucy L
Reviewed 26 September 2016

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.

1  Thank Steve S
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12 August 2016|
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Response from Sunderlandcat | Reviewed this property |
I think it largely depends on the number and ages of the children you're with, and how busy York is. You can easily just do some of the clues, we spent a good 30 minutes following the trail, did some shopping and found... More
Peter e
29 December 2015|
Response from Jon G |
Thank you for the kind comment. As one of the people who put the original tour together over ten years ago, it's really lovely to see that the tour and Cats in York website lives on after having to move away from York and... More
15 August 2015|
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Response from YvonnePage | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can pick up a leaflet from either the inside or outside of the shop Have fun