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“Brilliant way to explore the city.”
Review of York Cat Trail

York Cat Trail
Ranked #16 of 58 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
Bedford. England
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44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Brilliant way to explore the city.”
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 crannies, odd little sights we would otherwise have missed, and found some great shops and tearooms along the way, together with a river, park, etc etc. The little 'lucky cat' shop on the Shambles was a delight, and the prices very reasonable, but no purchase was necessary for joining in.

Visited August 2013
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Lynnwood, WA
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436 reviews
220 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Fun treasure hunt around the city”
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 great way to explore the city and see parts of it that you might not otherwise encounter!

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank dunadan
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great way to explore city”
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!

Visited August 2013
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3 Thank jane h
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Abilene, Texas
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210 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
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 to the same cats. Takes three or four hours to complete the trail.

Visited August 2013
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CoB
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great way to see York”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

It is free and took us a couple of hours to complete and it takes you round all parts of the City centre. If I was to do it again and may do, I would stop off on route in some of the lovely pubs that we pasted. Great fun & FREE

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank JimCoB
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