Fabulous time spent in York, great to see family and old friends again. Thank you for the fun trail and wonderful glass cats. Well worth a visit. The Shambles is a place to wander through night and day. Many thanks York Lucky Cats.
Fun free day out. Great for kids young and old. Kept us all entertained for the day. The trail takes you on a walk around the city to spot the cat statues. The kids loved looking out for the cats.
It starts at the York Glass shop on the historic Shambles. Recommended.
The York Cat Story
Cats have played a part in York’s history and luck has been linked with them since records began. Cats always land on their feet and having nine lives is a piece of luck that we can all relate to. York Glass is the home of York Lucky Cats where we celebrate the York Cat story. Statues of Cats have been placed on buildings in York for around two Centuries, although statues since removed or rotted are thought to date from medieval times. The original Cat Statues were placed on buildings to frighten away rats and mice which can carry plague and illness’. They were also thought to ward off wandering evil spirits and generally to bestow good luck and good health on citizens who needed feline friends to ensure a good nights sleep in old and temptingly chewy timber framed buildings!
York Lucky Cats are small hand-made glass cats which are available in twelve jewel-like colours that match the gem stones considered lucky for each month of the year. The design is in response to the famous and appealing cat statues to be found on many of the historic buildings of York. York Lucky Cats are handmade and original. There is something special about watching glass being melted and shaped. Visit our shop and you may well be lucky enough to fi nd one of our glass formers at work. Our Lucky Cats have been adopted and loved by many people. They have travelled the world and are coveted as good luck charms. Many of the more recent cat sculptures have been produced by Jonathan Newdick who in turn was originally commissioned by the late Tom Adams. If you are interested in purchasing your own original cat sculpture visit www.newdicksculpture.co.uk For guided and bespoke tours relating to The York Cat Trail and for other personalised group tours contact www.sortyork.com or telephone 07855 097338.