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The big bad Bristol graffiti tour

Google ‘Bristol graffiti’ and you’ll drown in links about Banksy, the city’s most famous spray can wielding son. In fact, there’s much more to Bristol than just illegal art – it’s known for its pumping music scene, and has the oldest continuously-operating theatre in England. Yet if you take a stroll through areas such as Stokes Croft you’ll find street art and graffiti on every wall, street corner and billboard.

Unlike many cities, Bristol has actually embraced urban art. When a famous piece by Banksy on Park Street was destroyed and covered by blue paint, the council paid to have the graffiti restored – and if you think that’s weird, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Here’s our breakdown of Bristol’s most iconic works of street art…

Where is it?

Down on Jamaica Street, at the edge of Stokes Croft, you’ll find this sweeping masterpiece (photo at the top of this post) that was inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa – given a trendy Bristolian twist. We wonder whose bedroom is through that window!


Where is it?

You’ll find this one in Stokes Croft, at the junction between Ashley Road and Cheltenham Road – so new it was still being painted when we saw it. We’re not sure what inspired rabbits jumping out of pineapples. A crazy dream perhaps?


Where is it?

Not as controversial as some of its neighbors, this charming piece of art encourages passers-by to try out delicious macaroons inside. Stroll further up the street to see a mobile phone shop decorated with a giant handset.


Where is it?

Head to Turbo Island in Stokes Croft and cross the road to The Canteen Cafe to stand underneath one of Banksy’s most famous creations. Be quick though – it’s been the victim of vandalism itself in recent years.

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