Calling all cat lovers visiting York – discover the York Cat Trail, courtesy of The Cat Gallery on Low Petergate. If you love York and adore cats, then this purrfect city centre trail is just for you! The self-guided tour takes in much of the city centre and includes a Mini Cat Quiz! Highlights include Clifford's Tower, The Shambles, York Minster .... and spot the 19 cats en-route!

The Cat Gallery Shop in York

The Cat Gallery Shop in York

Feline Frolics

The trail begins at The Cat Gallery shop, 45 Low Petergate – ranked a number 1 shopping attraction in York on TripAdvisor. It then pops round the corner onto Stonegate for Cat number 2, then back and on to High Petergate with views of York Minster, down Duncombe Place towards the Yorkshire Museum gardens. Look across Museum Street and see ‘Chambers’ – Cat no 3. Low Ousegate and Ouse Bridge, The Shambles, King’s Square and many of York’s most famous streets with feature Cat are included in this free fun self-guided trail. There’s a mini quiz too – ideal for younger ‘kittens’. Hand your completed quiz to The Cat Gallery shop at the end of the trail and kids will receive a cat themed reward! Private guided tours of The York Cat Trail for groups are also available offering more detail on each of the cats and the history of the city.

History of Cats in York

There’s a history of cats in York dating back to 1920 when one Sir Stephen Aitcheson had the idea of placing two cat sculptures on a building he owned on Low Ousegate. In the late 1970s local architect and professional black cat drawer Tom Adams had the inspiring idea of putting black cats on buildings he designed in York city centre. The sculptor Jonathan Newdick was duly commissioned – lookout for Jonathan’s beautiful black cat sculptures on York’s Cat Trail!

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    Newly refurbished central York Travelodge with discounted parking, 30 minutes of initial free Wi-Fi, early check in/ late check out & family rooms. Breakfast box. Pet friendly.
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  • York   (0.2 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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  • York   (0.3 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    Luxurious 5 star townhouse with apartment in York set in a unique riverside location in the city centre, Close to all attractions. Best rated self catering in York. Sleeping 2 or 8
     
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  • York   (1.2 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    Bed and breakfast guest house in York with 8 bedrooms. Close to the city centre, walls and attractions. Secure parking available. Family-friendly. Well-equipped guest rooms. Wi-Fi.
     
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  • York   (0.6 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    CAMRA award-winning traditional York pub with rooms a few minutes' walk from the city centre. Locally sourced food, games and cask ales. Secure gated parking, bike storage and WiFi
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    B&B guest house in York, with contemporary rooms and delicious breakfasts. Close to the city centre. All rooms en-suite. Free WiFi and parking available.
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