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Last updated: 06 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

Bristol is synonymous with vibrant street art. We aren’t talking graffiti daubs here – hundreds of beautiful and thought-provoking illustrations are painted on walls throughout the city, and what’s on display is ever-changing. From Stokes Croft to Montpelier to Bedminster, the walls tell stories of the history and culture of the city.

Bristol’s most notorious export is the elusive graffiti artist known only as Banksy. His work has been lauded as the beginning of a revival of ‘intelligent graffiti’, and his anti-establishment cartoons and slogans have popped up all over Bristol and the world.

Upfest Street Art Festival

Bristol is also home to an annual celebration of all things graffiti when the (free) Upfest Festival of Street Art takes place for two weeks each summer. Painting demos, live music and food stalls crowd together along North Street in Bedminster, bringing together international artists. Most of the artwork is here for a good time, not a long time, and there’s always something fresh to see every time you visit.

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Upfest Festival

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)

Man spray painting a wall

An annual celebration of all things graffiti, Upfest takes place for two weeks each summer, transforming the neighbourhood of Bedminster and bringing together international artists.

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 2 weeks

When: August

Frequency: annually

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The largest selections of art are to be found in the city centre and the neighbourhoods of Stokes Croft, Montpelier and Bedminster. Seek them out on your own with help from Visit Bristol’s Street Art Map, or download the Banksy Bristol Trail app for a Banksy-specific art-spotting adventure. Or cheat and visit them from home on Google Street View.

Alternatively, join a guided walking tour – Where the Wall, Graft and Upfest all offer regular walking tours of different neighbourhoods, a great way to learn more about Bristol’s creative underbelly.

 

When to do it

The glory of Bristol’s street art scene is that it’s free and open to everyone, but a tour of the artworks is definitely best enjoyed on a clear dry day. You can easily go walking or cycling around the artworks alone, but a guided tour makes it easier to find the most tucked-away gems.

The Upfest Festival of Street Art is usually held over two weeks in August.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol

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Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol
Join us for a fantastic fun filled and fact packed tour of Bristol, take in world leading street art by Banksy and others, nestled in 1000 years of city history.

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Min age: 5

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Banksy Street Art Graffiti Outdoor Escape Game in Bristol

Bristol

Banksy Street Art Graffiti Outdoor Escape Game in Bristol
Play a city exploration game where you search your surroundings for ways to solve fun challenges and puzzles that reveal amazing places and stories in the city center of Bristol. There is no guide involved, you just follow an app and play at your own pace. Each challenge will lead you to the next place by providing you with exact directions on screen. As you solve the challenge, the story of that place is unlocked. And the next location is revealed. Highlights: Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. You will search for lost love, explore the city's street art and find out secret stories. If you are part of a group, one person can purchase access for everybody by selecting the total number of people. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. So, are you up for an exciting city game?

Price: €10

Min age: 1

Rating 4.07 / 5 [27 ratings]

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