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  • Things to do in York for Kids

    York for Kids

Gory York


For those who like their history to be horrible, York has had its fair share of gruesome events. The gunpowder expert Guy Fawkes was born here and the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was hung on the Knavesmire. We'll discover Viking warlords like Ivar the Boneless, Eric Bloodaxe and Ragnar Hairy-Britches (yes, he really was called that). And the supposedly holy men weren't much better: York's patron saint, St William, preferred partying to preaching before he was killed by a poisoned chalice. There was even one 18th century archbishop who began his career as a pirate! A lively trail especially aimed at younger members of the family, though parents be warned - this tour features a medieval toilet where Henry VIII once sat.

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The Mysterious Cat Trail

Look up above the shops and spires. Hiding amongst the eaves of the city are over a dozen, life-sized cats. The earliest of these strange sculptures date back to the 1920s, possibly placed by a grocer who wanted to deter rats. But the cats continued to multiply and new ones still appear. There is even a ghost cat emerging from the wall of York's most haunted pub! We challenge you to spot them all. Some are easy to find, others are quite shy. We will tell you the story behind most of them - though not all. Some things are best left a mystery...

  • York Cat Trail 1
  • York Cat Trail 2
  • York Cat Trail 3
  • York Cat Trail 4
  • York Cat Trail 5

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