Banksy Walking Tour
Open All Year
Always available to see (unless suddenly painted over!) - 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
Banksy is now a world-famous artist, whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But once, he was just another kid on the streets of Bristol with a can of spray paint in his hands. As a result, some of his earliest work is hidden around the city, and spotting it is an absolute must for fans of his work.
Born in Bristol in 1974, Banksy was involved in the wave of street art that took Bristol by storm in the 1980s. Throughout the following decades, his work has cropped up in London, LA and New York, and of course, in his home town of Bristol. In 2009, Banksy held a spectacular homecoming, when under complete confidentiality, he overtook Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for an exhibition that saw crowds queueing for hours on end for a glimpse of his work.
See it for yourself
We've listed some of Banksy's most famous Bristol works, which together make for a great self-guided walking tour of the city. With plenty of stops to sample some of the bars, cafés and restaurants the city has to offer, it's a day of culture, Bristol fashion.
Central Bristol: The Thekla, Grim Reaper
A great place to start, one of the most infamous of Banksy's works can be viewed on the side of the Thekla Social boat moored in Bristol harbour. Start here and take in the stunning harbourside, with its history and attractions.
Central Bristol: Frogmore Street, Well Hung Lover
From the harbourside, head towards Park Street, one of Bristol’s most famous streets. Banksy's Frogmore Street artwork is actually on the side of a sexual health clinic, with the best views being had from the small bridge at the bottom of Park Street that crosses Frogmore Street. From here, head up the hill, browsing the great selection of trendy clothing shops, record stores and quirky fashion shops on the way.
Central Bristol: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Mobile Lovers
Head up to the top of Park Street and cross over to the right hand side. Next door to the tower of Bristol University's Will Memorial Building is the entrance to the bristol Museum and Art Gallery, in here you will find Mobile Lovers, Banksy's most recent Bristol work, depicting a couple embracing whilst looking at their phones. Mobile Lovers was discovered on a wall in Clement Street, Bristol in April 2014 and removed by staff from nearby Broad Plain Boys Club & Riverside Project. Following intense media interest, the club passed the artwork to the museum for safe-keeping whilst its future was discussed. Banksy has since given the artwork to the club and it will remain on display in the museum until they have arranged for its sale to raise funds to secure their future.
Central Bristol: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Paint-Pot Angel
Head all the way to the top of Park Street to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on the right hand side, just along from the tall Wills Memorial Building tower. Inside the Museum you will be able to see Banksy's Paint-Pot Angel, which is a reminder of the hugely successful 'Banksy versus Bristol' Museum exhibition held in 2009.
Stokes Croft: The Canteen, Mild, Mild West
Head to the heart of Bristol’s cultural quarter, Stokes Croft. Banksy’s Mild Mild West artwork is located next to The Canteen and the best views are from the Jamaica Street Junction. The whole area resembles an outdoor gallery with colourful graffiti that continually transforms its walls and buildings, and is a must for street-art fans.
Clic Clack Boom, Easton
A short bus or car ride from Stokes Croft is Easton. This area is slightly further out of the way but contains some of Banky's oldest works and is a mecca for street-art fans. Clic Clack Boom is a very early, (and sadly now largely covered) Banksy, just set back from the buzzing high street on Stanley Park.
Cat and Dog, Easton
Just around the corner, on Foster Street, is another very early Banksy that again is set within a collection of fantastic street-art. It's well worth a visit just to take in some of the other amazing work that lines the streets there.
Masked Gorilla, Easton
Heading out of Easton along Fishponds Road brings you to an early Banksy of a gorilla in a pink mask. This was accidentally painted over in 2011, but has since been restored and is now a ghostly version of the original.
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