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York Cat Trail

34 Shambles, York YO1 7LX, England
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Very Cool

Good and fun way to get orientated around York. It's fun trying to find the cats, and stopped... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2014
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Quirky way to discover York

It's a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours sightseeing the main points of interest in York... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2013
London, United Kingdom
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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 4 January 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...More

1  Thank Beccajane007
Reviewed 25 December 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...More

1  Thank ioanamaxim
Reviewed 15 November 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...More

1  Thank Jess C
Reviewed 30 October 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
Reviewed 19 September 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...More

2  Thank christine_ashdown
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Had a day in York with 2 girlfriends and decided to do the York Cat Trial. having been to York numerous times before didn't know about this. It was a great afternoon spent "hunting" cats and got to see parts of the city you may...More

1  Thank harrogatelass9
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Picked up a free flyer which included a map and a suggested route around the 'cat statues' which are around the city. There was also a 'kitten trail' of fewer cats but once we started we were hooked! We saw lots of roads, nooks and...More

3  Thank Philippa R
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We hunted for the cats (and found them all!) over the course of our two-day visit, and had a great time searching for them all. Our daughter was especially into the hunt, and loved trying to find the cats before mum and dad. What a...More

2  Thank dunadan
Reviewed 31 August 2013

very clever and interesting. great way to explore city. clearly laid out in leaflet. suggests one hour. maybe allow 2-3 as you will be distracted by shops and betty's tea room!

3  Thank jane h
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Lots of fun and it takes you throughout the old city so you see all the sights. Kids and adults alike enjoy finding the cats. Two different shops have Cat Trail maps and each one is a slightly different route but they both take you...More

2  Thank bobe2
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Does anyone know the approx. length of the trail? We're wondering how long to allow. Sounds a lovely way to enjoy York. Thanks, Val S.
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
Nice to see such a popular tour not costing anything a great big high five to all involved in this tour!
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
Can one get a pamphlet about the tour ...or a download?
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