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Did you know that world renowned street artist, Banksy, had some very humble beginnings?

He (or she) was born in the very cool and quirky city of Bristol, England in the 1970s, and grew to be what is now possibly the most famous street artist in the world, with works now selling for obscene amounts of money.

Although his work can now be found in auctions, as well as out on the streets of places like London, Los Angeles and New York City, Bristol in the UK is home to a number of Banksy’s earlier works. And it’s just one of many great things about living in Bristol!

This blog aims to equip you with the knowledge you need to embark on a self-guided Banksy walking tour (for free) of either 0.5 miles, 3 miles or 4.5 miles, and includes custom street art tour maps (previews below):

Banksy Walking Tour in Bristol - Street Art Tour Maps

Banksy Walking Tour – 0.5 Miles – Stokes Croft

This short half-mile walk takes you through possibly one of the coolest areas of Bristol – Stokes Croft. It’ll take you about 45 minutes depending on how long you hang out in pubs for.

Here, you’ll find three Banksy murals as well as lots of other pieces by lesser known street artists. You also have the option to chill out in popular drinking hole, The Canteen, which is also home to a Banksy work of art.

Why not try this walk out for an epic Bristol date idea?

You’ll find a street art tour map of the Banksy murals found on this 0.5 mile walk below, with photos and descriptions further on in this blog post:

1. Blowpop Records

Blowpop Records

This stencil mural was originally designed as album artwork, of which there are less than 100 surviving copies… and one street art version right here in Bristol. This stencil is now a little difficult to see, and is currently behind some security fencing due to building works, but if you look closely, you can just make it out!

Banksy Address Book:

Cave St
Bristol
BS2 8RU

If you’re getting thirsty already, might I suggest you make a quick pit stop in Cosie’s? It’s a cute little bar in a cellar, which comes complete with caves outside and a very cosy feel inside.

2. The Mild Mild West

The Mild Mild West

This mural is right on the side of a building overlooking The Canteen’s beer garden, a very popular spot for both food and drink. I’d definitely recommend resting here with a cider and some delicious grub (food). If the weather’s nice, sit out in the beer garden and you’ll be able to stare at Banksy’s ‘The Mild Mild West’ for as long as you like (or at least until closing time).

Banksy Address Book:

The Canteen
Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3QY

3. Rose on a Mousetrap

Rose on a Mousetrap

Found on the side of someone’s home, more than 20 local residents are said to have put their money together to buy a frame for this particular mural, (to protect it from vandalism), making this one of the best preserved pieces in Bristol. I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s super proud that Banksy comes from Bristol – so don’t you forget it!

Banksy Address Book:

Thomas Street North
Bristol
BS6 5TN

UPDATE (June 2019):
Earlier this year, we decided to update these Banksy walking tours to remove two murals we’d initially included.

‘Take The Money And Run’ at 33 Bath Buildings was sadly graffitied over earlier this year; a reader kindly shared a photo of how it looked when they visited in the blog comments below, so you can see why we decided to remove the mural from our tours.

Since then, another reader has told us that this mural has since been restored; once we’ve verified how it looks now and whether it’s worth seeing once again, we’ll update these tours to include it.

We’d also included a bonus mural in this short walk for ‘Elephant Missile’, which was at 4 Balmoral Road. That one has unfortunately also been painted over, this time in thick red paint, so you can no longer see it at all.

It’s a real shame that this has happened to such historic Banksy murals, however, we’ve still left the photos of them below so you can see how they used to look in their prime…

Take The Money And Run (Graffitied Over, Since Restored)

Take the Money and Run

Banksy’s ‘Take The Money And Run’ is one of his earliest known works, and was created in collaboration with Inky and Mobz.

As per the update above, it was graffitied over earlier this year. A reader kindly shared a photo in the blog comments below so you can see how it looked when they visited… such a shame!

We’re currently awaiting verification following another reader’s comment to say that the mural has since been restored before including this mural in our tours again.

Banksy Address Book:

33 Bath Buildings
Bristol
BS6 5PT

Elephant Missile (Painted Over)

Elephant Missile

This Banksy mural was a tiny piece that used to pack a huge message, and you would likely have walked right by it when it was here. It used to be on the side of a house, right under the St. Andrews Road sign, however, it has since been painted over. In the photo above taken a few years ago, you can just about see that this mural used to depict an elephant carrying a missile. 

Banksy Address Book:

4 Balmoral Rd
Bristol
BS7 9AZ

Banksy Walking Tour – 3 Miles – Central Bristol

This slightly longer 3 mile walk takes you through Central Bristol and around the Harbourside to see some of Banksy’s more famous Bristol murals and takes about 2 hours to complete.

You’ll also finish at one of the best restaurants in this area for food, which has cuisine from a number of different regions from around the world!

Here’s your street art tour map for this 3 mile walk, with photos and descriptions found further on in this blog post:

1. Paint Pot Angel

Paint Pot Angel

Found inside the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, this is actually not a mural, but a statue and again, a must for Banksy fans. But don’t worry! This museum is free to explore, and alongside this Banksy masterpiece, you’ll find loads more awesome artwork!

Banksy Address Book:

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Rd
Bristol
BS8 1RL

2. Well-Hung Lover

Well-Hung Lover

What a name, eh? This is Banksy at his finest, playing on words to his heart’s content! And the best bit? This mural is on the side of a sexual health clinic – how’s that for strategic placement? Sadly, since the mural was painted, it’s been shot at with a paintball gun… so you’ll spot a slightly different mural from the one shown above today.

Banksy Address Book:

Frogmore Street
Bristol
BS1 5NA

3. Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper

This haunting piece was originally painted on the side of Thekla – a boat housing a bar and restaurant. To help protect it from wear and decay from the harbour, the piece was moved to Bristol’s M Shed and is on display for everyone to see for free there. 

Banksy Address Book:

M Shed
Wapping Wharf
Bristol
BS1 4RN

4. Girl with a Pierced Eardrum

Fall in Love with Bristol: Girl with the Pearl Earring Street Art

When I first found this mural, I had no idea it was by Banksy, and listed it as one of my top discoveries in Bristol – at the time, I just thought how clever it was! I’ve since found out that it’s a fairly recent mural from 2014.

Banksy Address Book:

Albion Dockyard
Hanover Place
Bristol
BS1 6UT

5. You Don’t Need Planning Permission to Build Castles in the Sky

Castles in the sky

Photo Credit: Penjelly, Flickr

Perhaps one of Banksy’s simplest works of art, yet one that conveys so much meaning – proof that Banksy is a true artist. This piece simply quotes: “You don’t need planning permission to build castles in the sky”, shaped like a smiling face.

Banksy Address Book:

99 Lower Lamb Street
Bristol
BS1 5QR

From here, I’d recommend having dinner at Za Za Bazaar, a very popular place with tourists and locals alike here in Bristol. They offer different cuisines from around the world including Italian, American, Asian, British and Indian and are an “all you can eat” buffet style place. They even have an island dedicated to desserts! If you want to find out more about this quirky restaurant, take a look at my Bristol food guide.

Banksy Walking Tour – 4.5 Miles – Stokes Croft and Easton

This is a much longer walk that includes some of the murals found on the half-mile walk, but also takes you out to a couple of Bristol suburbs where you’ll find another couple of Banksy’s more famous Bristol murals.

You’ll need 3-4 hours to complete this walk. And you’ll end your walk in Cabot Circus, where I’d recommend checking out the various restaurants found here – you’re sure to find something you like, even Vegan and Gluten-free!

Here’s your 4.5 mile Banksy walking tour map, plus photos and descriptions below it:

As this is a longer walk, you’re going to need your sustenance! If you haven’t yet had lunch, I’d recommend starting at Biblos for delicious wraps. The jerk pork wrap is particularly tasty!

1. The Mild Mild West

The Mild Mild West

Found on the side of a building overlooking popular bar, The Canteen, is one of Banksy’s more famous Bristol murals. Plus, it’s handy being able to stop off for a drink or a bite to eat here if you want, while looking up at a Banksy masterpiece.

Banksy Address Book:

The Canteen
Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3QY

2. Rose on a Mousetrap

Rose on a Mousetrap

It’s said that at least 20 residents put their money together to help protect this mural from vandals with a glass and wooden frame; making this one of Bristol’s most preserved Banksy murals. It’s found on the side of someone’s home and with the frame around it, you can’t miss it!

Banksy Address Book:

Thomas Street North
Bristol
BS6 5TN

3. Blowpop Records

Blowpop Records

This small mural was originally designed as a limited edition album sleeve. Although the stencil is difficult to see nowadays, and is obscured slightly by fencing, you can still make it out if you look closely.

Banksy Address Book:

Cave St
Bristol
BS2 8RU

Whilst you’re here, I’d also recommend a stop off at Cosie’s – a cute bar found in a cellar, which is just as cosy as the name suggests.

4. Graffiti Cat and Dog

Graffiti Cat and Dog

Another of Banksy’s earliest works, this piece can be found alongside loads of different street art pieces, making this the perfect spot for creating a colourful Bristol photo essay, or just simply sampling the best of local art.

Banksy Address Book:

Corner of Robertson Road and Foster Street
Easton
Bristol
BS5 6JE

5. Masked Gorilla

Masked Gorilla

This final Banksy mural has an interesting story to tell. Although it’s an early Banksy masterpiece, it was accidentally painted over in 2011. Since then, it’s been restored but it’s now a pale version of the once beautifully bright original.

Banksy Address Book:

Fishponds Road
Eastville
Bristol
BS5 6PN

You’ll now need to make your way back to the City Centre. I’d recommend you head to Cabot Circus shopping centre, which has an upper level dedicated to restaurants and fast food places. From Italian, to American, to Asian, there are lots of food choices here so you’re sure to find something you like, including Vegan and Gluten-free friendly!

UPDATE (June 2019):
Earlier this year, we found out that ‘Take The Money And Run’ at 33 Bath Buildings was sadly graffitied over; a reader kindly shared a photo of how it looked when they visited in the blog comments below, so you can see why we decided to remove the mural from our tours.

Since then, another reader has told us that this mural has since been restored; once we’ve verified how it looks now and whether it’s worth seeing once again, we’ll update these tours to include it.

It’s a real shame that this has happened to such a historic Banksy mural, however, we’ve still left the photos of it below so you can see how it used to look in its prime…

Take The Money And Run (Graffitied Over, Since Restored)

Take the Money and Run

One of Banksy’s earlier works, ‘Take The Money And Run’ was created in collaboration with Inky and Mobz…

Although it was in really good condition when we saw it a couple of years ago, a couple of readers have since found out that the mural has been graffitied over. One of those awesome readers (thanks Jim!) kindly shared a photo in the blog comments below so you can see how it looked when he visited… such a shame! 

We’re currently awaiting verification following another reader’s comment to say that the mural has since been restored before including this mural in our tours again.

Banksy Address Book:

33 Bath Buildings
Bristol
BS6 5PT


I hope this Banksy walking tour guide comes in handy when you next visit Bristol! Which walk do you think you might head on first? Feel free to jot down a few notes in the comments, or if you’ve still got questions, then let me know!

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Banksy in Bristol: 3 Walking Tours (With Printable Maps!)

14 thoughts on “Banksy in Bristol: 3 Walking Tours (With Printable Maps!)

  1. Miki says:

    Thank you we used your guide to get street names..

    1. That’s great news! I’m glad you found it useful… I hope you managed to scout out loads of Banksy pieces?! 😀

  2. Sofie says:

    Thanks for this! We also mostly used the addresses 🙂 sadly have to tell you ‘take the money and run’ has been spraypainted over by some moron 🙁

    1. Oh no! That’s terrible news, such a shame you couldn’t see it at its prime.
      Thanks for letting us know though; we’ll add a note to the blog to say so.
      Hope you had fun hunting for murals all the same! 😊

      1. Jim says:

        To follow-on from Sofie’s comment, I can confirm ‘Take the Money and Run’ has been spray-painted over, leaving only a small portion still visible, as you can see here:

        https://ibb.co/wpdmtLY

        1. Hi Jim,

          Thanks very much for sharing this photo with us… we can now see exactly how bad the spray paint is. It’s such a shame, but looks like we may have to update these tours to remove ‘Take the Money and Run’ from them as it seems like it’s not worth visiting any more at all.

          At least we have the photos of it from its ‘heyday’ to remember it though. And fingers crossed Banksy comes back and leaves us all another mural in Bristol! 🙂

          Best,
          Justine

  3. Dave says:

    Hi,
    Just done all of the walks above (in a roundabout way) so here’s an update for you.
    The elephant missle has been painted over in thick red masonary paint now so you can’t see it sadly.
    We found blowpop in Portland Square (next to the cellar bar), it is currently behind some security fencing as the building is a bit delapidatd. Not sure what’s going to happen to it.
    As someone else has said, Take The Money and Run has heavy graffiti over the top of it now so it is almost unrecognisable.
    I have photos of the locations if you want them.
    Thanks for the heads up blog though, it really helped.

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks so much for sharing this info!

      It’s really cool to hear that so many of you are trying out these Banksy walking tours, although it’s a real shame that some of them have been painted over. We appreciate you letting us know; we’ll be sure to update this blog to reflect the changes that have happened over the years.

      Ahh well, at least we have some old photos to preserve Banksy’s masterpieces, eh? 🙂

      Either way, I still hope you had fun scouting out the murals!

      Best,
      Justine

  4. Elizabeth says:

    The “You Don’t Need Planning Permission to Build Castles in the Sky” mural no longer looks like a smiling face. They have added a garage door in the middle of it and tried to restore it, but it didn’t work very well. So sad, this would have been one of my favorites to see ):

    1. Oh no, that’s such a shame!

      Thanks for letting us know though Elizabeth… I’ll update the blog post now with a note so that people are aware of the issues with this one. It seems to be happening to so many of these Banksy murals 🙁

  5. Monika says:

    The mural “Take the money and run” has been restored, was there on 16.06.19.

    1. That’s wonderful news, thanks for letting us know! <3

  6. Dely says:

    In the Bristol museum and art gallery, there is a very big Banksy painting/digital print on your right when you’ve entered. Is this new there? Because I don’t understand why this piece isn’t mentioned with the Paint Pot Angel. They’re at the same location.

    1. Thanks for commenting and for letting us know about the Banksy print in the museum!

      We’ll have to check it out as we didn’t see it when we visited a few years ago… always more to be discovered in Bristol 🙂

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