Where to find street art and graffiti in Brighton

Brighton is one of the biggest centre’s for street art and graffiti in the UK. Indeed on any trip to the south coast city you cannot fail to see streets and buildings full of art.

Some of it admittedly is quite raw. This is a city with more graffiti than street art.  A lot of the alleys between the streets of the old fishing town are littered in an uncurated way interspersed with more substantive murals on the sides of buildings and hidden away in the streets.

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Work from Brighton artist SNUB can be seen all over the place in the city

Just a short journey by train into London, it’s hard not to link the two scenes.  For years artists from Brighton have traveled to London and vice versa.  Both however have evolved in their own way. Whereas London has become sanistised and controlled. Brighton like Bristol, in the most part remains untamed.

As a result the art is less accessible to the more general public, it’s audience is the graffiti writers and urban art connoisseurs who have maintained a grip on the city’s scene.  With the exception of a few murals which might have been commissioned, the majority of the work on display throughout the city is lettering and throw ups.

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A recreation of Banksy’s Kissing Policemen on the old Astoria building on London Road

That’s not to say that for any lover of the urban art scene, Brighton isn’t worth the time, it absolutely is.  From the station a short wander into the town will soon reveal its wonders, the Prince Albert Pub on Trafalgar Street is just a few minutes walk adorned as it is with a giant tribute to musicians of days gone by.  It’s also the original location of Banksy’s famous ‘Kissing Policemen‘ of which there is a replica on display.  Such is the allure of Banksy’s work, even the replica is covered in perspex.

Around the area, the streets of the old town penned in between Queens Road and London Road, are narrow, warren like and full of vibrancy.  In particular places such as Gloucester Road, Kensington Street, Orange Row, Regent Street and North Road are full of works on the walls whilst a bit further north in the area between London Road and New England Street, the courtyards of sixties office blocks provide an uncurated canvas for writers.

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The small alleys running in between the backs of streets are often packed with graffiti like this from Mazcan

Of particular note, Brighton favourites such as SNUB and REQ, can frequentely be seen. We’ve got a soft spot for both here on Inspiring City having interviewed both as they put on shows in London.  SNUB’s work in particular can be seen all over the place, his iconic image is that of the 2000AD character Mongrol who he has adopted over the years.  You can read the interview with SNUB here and the interview with REQ here these are artists who have often been described as pioneers of the street art scene as we know it today.

Brighton is certainly one of the top places in the country in terms of seeing urban art, it has a creative feel and a bohemian vibe.  The art on the walls might not be to everyone’s taste but it does contribute to giving the city it’s unique feel.

Top places to find street art in Brighton

Trafalgar Street

Turn out of the station and take a left, Trafalgar Street takes you into the centre of the Brighton village.  As you move down the street a number of roads and alleys branch of in a kind of grid system so it’s pretty easy to explore.  The Prince Albert Pub is an obvious highlight with it’s replica Banksy and it’s tribute to fallen musicians.

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Musician tribute on the side of the Prince Albert Pub from REQ
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A replica of Banksy’s Kissing Policemen which once occupied this spot
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David Bowie by Jef Aerosol
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Smug cat on a junction box
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REQ art in the doorway of an art gallery

Tragalfar Lane

Running between Trafalgar Street and Gloucester Road, this street is more an alley really with an access road that leads to a parking area.  Needless to say that such spaces are favourites for artists and it is full of works.

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Snub at the entrance to the lane
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High level Snub
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Waleska
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Captain kris, Tony Boy, The Real Dill
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Frankie Strand
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Vanessa Longchamp with paste ups from Minty
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Snub at the end of the lane where it meets Trafalgar Street

Gloucester Road

Another cross cutting street, Gloucester Road intersects a lot of the other smaller streets and runs parallel to Trafalgar Street and North Road.  Works can often be seen towards the southern end of the road on the corners of junctions with other streets and in alleys.

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Hidden in an alley just off Gloucester Road from Gary Stranger
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Parrot mural on Gloucester Road
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Work from SNUB on the corner of Cheltenham Place
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Mural on the corner of Gloucester Passage

Kensington Street

Running vertically from North Road to Gloucester Road, Kensington Street is known as graffiti alley and is a good place to find murals.

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The Saint mural on Kensington Street
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Graffiti covered backs of houses
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Graffiti on Kensington street
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Full length dogs mural by local artist Sinna One
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The back of Kensington Street

North Road

Another of the cross cutting roadways, North Road runs horizontally from Queens Drive to Marlborough Place intersecting a lot of the smaller roads runnig vertically up towards Gloucester Road.  Keep looking left and right along the streets and you are bound to see street art.

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Junction boxes painted by Cassette Lord are a regular sight in Brighton
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Art on the side of ‘Make Art Drink Eat’
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Cat on a junction box looking out onto North Road

Orange Row

A small alley leading from North Road, Orange Row is packed with graffiti painted onto the houses and shops which back onto it.

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Paste ups from Minty can be found all over the place
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Snub work marking the entrance to Orange Row
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Photorealism from Poota
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More Snub at the other end of the row
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A flower on orange row

Regent Street

Running south from North Road towards Church Street, some impressive larger murals can be found on Regent Street.

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Eyes by the bins
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Faces in Regents Street
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Giant lantern mural
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Older piece from REQ now behind a fence
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Tagged flowers mural

London Road

One of the main arteries through Brighton, art can be seen along it’s route notable at the Hobgoblin pub and the Presuming ED coffee house.  London Road is also a good access point for any number of streets where street art can be found with the likes of York Hill, Cheapside and Trafalgar Street all accessible from it.

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The Hobgoblin pub on the corner of London Road and Cheapside
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A little devil on the Cheapside part of the Hobgoblin
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Presuming ED coffee House on London Road with a giant mural from SNUB
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Close up of SNUB mural
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Along Francis Street there is a mural from Mr. Cenz

Providence Place / Elder Place / St. Peter’s Street / York Hill

The area sandwiched between London Road and New England Street is a series of access streets serving the buildings backing on to the busier thoroughfares.  As such there is plenty of graffiti to see and in the area around Elder Place and York Hill the old sixties office blocks have found themselves slowly being covered.

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From Cheapside looking inot St. Peter’s Street which leads onto Providence Place
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Providence Place
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Piece from Waleska in Providence Place
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Providence Place
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Providence Place
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York Hill
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Floppy robot from Sinna One on York Hill
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Elder Place with pieces from SNUB and REQ
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Elder Place

Other spots

Outside of the main part of the city, graffiti and street art can be found dotted around many of the side streets slightly off the beaten track from the main concentration of works in the old town

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Another Snub piece on Blenheim Place
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A junction box from Snub on New England Road
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York Villas
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Painted house on Viaduct Road
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Painted house on Viaduct Road
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Upper Lewes Road
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Western Road

All images in this piece were taken on Sunday 26 February 2017.  For other posts about street art in England check out:

And to find out more about Brighton in general check out Rose’s guide here.

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