Where to find Street Art in Cheltenham

Cheltenham is a spa town in the Cotswolds which over the past few years has seen a big increase in street art. Primarily the result of the Cheltenham Paint Festival it has resulted in a series murals positioned around the town. Such has been the volume of street art in the area, the town has fast gained a reputation as one of the must see locations for street art in the UK.

Curtis Hylton has a number of murals in Cheltenham

Starting in 2017 the Cheltenham Paint Festival has operated on five occasions since then. The brainchild of local artist Andy Davies, he has led the festival ever since. It also held the distinction of being one of the only European street art festivals to continue operating in 2020. The result has been a continuous spread of street art created across the town.

This Trust.Icon piece can be seen to the east of the centre

Map of Street Art in Cheltenham

Where to see Street Art in Cheltenham

Cheltenham street art is spread out across the town. From the central hub of the Brewery Quarter there are a number of other locations in the centre which extend from here. Places such as the Honeybourne Line Tunnels, various pubs, Pittsville Park and the area around the Universities Hardwick campus are all good spots to explore. Further out of town on Princess Elizabeth Way and in the area around the train station there are also a number of hugely impressive murals.

Mural from Rocket01 and Faunagraphic  painted in 2019

Each year murals have been added with the majority of pre-existing pieces staying where they are. This post will attempt to capture a flavour of these evolving artworks. It’s left quite a legacy across the town with a mixture of local, national and international artists taking part over the years.

Central Cheltenham

Brewery Quarter

Core to the street art scene in Cheltenham is the central area of the Brewery Quarter. On the old brewery itself Gnasher added the first mural there in 2017. Showing a chameleon on a can against an industrial setting it reflects Cheltenham’s evolution to now. Pieces either side were added in 2018 with works from Pogo and Inkie.

In 2019 around the corner on Henrietta Street, Zabou added a piece in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Cheltenham’s Literature Festival. Philth added one of his William Morris inspired patterns also on Henrietta Street during 2022. Called ‘Cheltenham Pattern’ it was especially designed for the town and the festival. Also in 2022 Curtis Hylton added a large floral peacock to the side of the Holiday Inn Express. The building sits just at the end of the Brewery Quarter where Henrietta Street connects with Swindon Road.

Zabou’s 2019 homage to Hamlet on the side of the Brewery Quarter
Cheltenham Pattern from Philth in 2022
A giant floral peacock on the side of the Holiday Inn Express

North Place Car Park

Always a hugely popular spot which has been well used by the Cheltenham Paint Festival over the years. The North Place Car Park is only a short walk from the Brewery Quarter. It is a large area of brown field space with boarding surrounding a number of the edges. Used now as a car park it has been a primary locations for the ‘paint jam’ elements of the festivals. Indeed a lot of street art will have been added to this spot over the years. None though that were specifically designed to last. Along with the Honeybourne Lane Tunnels and the Aggs Pavillion these spots tend to have a turnover of artworks within them.

My Dog Sigh’s ‘Quiet Little Voices’ painted in the North Place car park during 2019
North Place car park is a popular spot for painting. This is from Andy ‘Dice’ Davies in 2021 and shows fellow artist Peachzz
A painted board from Sam_art_34 as part of the 2022 paint jam

High Street Car Park and St George’s Street

Around the corner from the Brewery Quarter the area of the High Street car park has generated some impactful murals. In 2018 Curtis Hylton created his first mural in the town here, creating a pair of birds interwoven with flowers. He would go on to add two others the following year at Winchcombe Street and on Princess Elizabeth Way.

Curtis Hylton mural from 2018 at the entrance on High Street

Joining Curtis at the other end of the car part in 2018 was My Dog Sighs. His giant ‘hug’ dominates the area and adds a welcome splash of colour. In 2020 a collaboration between Jim Vision and ‘This One‘ was added to the side of that piece. In 2021 as a separate project and not part of any festival, Andy ‘Dice’ Davies painted a tribute to Jaz Coleman from the band Killing Joke. Originally from Cheltenham it shows Jaz holding a baton as if conducting an orchestra. Other murals nearby include works from Rocket01 and Faunagraphic added in 2019 and this can be found on St George’s Street to the side of the car park.

My Dog Sighs ‘Hug’ from 2018 with Jim Vision and This One’s collaboration from 2020. This section of the car park has since been closed off
Around the corner on St George’s Street this collaboration between Rocket01 and Faunagraphic can be seen
Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke. Painted by Andy ‘Dice’ Davies in 2021

High Street

Further up the High Street past the area of the car park a number of other works can be seen spread out. Starting at the Frog and Fiddle, the courtyard space provided an area for artists to paint throughout the festivals from 2017 to 2019. Street art here includes pieces from popular Bristol based artists Georgie and Angus. Further up the road Peachzz 2020 collaboration with Leanne Conroy can be seen on the side of Manns off license. Then further still on the side of ‘Dream Seams’ and on the corner with Devonshire Street is a 2017 mural from Bristol’s Andrew Burns Colwill.

Art by Georgie created in the yard of the Frog & Fiddle during the 2018 festival
Mosaic street art by Angus in the Frog & Fiddle
Leanne Conroy and Peachzz teamed up for this piece on the side of Manns off license in 2020
Turtles from Andrew Burns Colwell on Devonshire Street from 2017

2 Pigs and the Minster Area

In the central area of Cheltenham surrounding the Minster street art can be seen often hidden from direct view. The area of the 2 Pigs in particular is a key location with it’s courtyard boasting a number of pieces from across the years. Wolfskull Jack and Raffaella Bertolini from 2018, Peter Sheridan from 2019 and Si Mitchell from 2020 are just some of the works that can be seen here. Nearby on the corner of the Bank House pub there is a piece by Inkie from 2019. Then a bit further around towards the back of the Wilson on Chester Walk near the Minster is David Hollier’s text based portrait from 2017.

Raffaella Bertolini piece from 2018 in the 2 Pigs courtyard
2 Pigs swimming by Peter Sheridan in 2019
Si Mitchell comic piece in the 2 Pigs from 2020
Inkie mural in an alley leading to the church from 2019
David Hollier text based work from 2017 at the back of the Wilson

The Railway Pub

In the back of the Railway Pub is a large scale mural from Argentine artist Caro Pepe painted in 2018. The mural can be seen from the road and shows a multi faced woman.

Argentine artist Caro Pepe added to the Railway pub in 2018

The Bayshill Pub

Multiple artists have works around the Bayshill pub including work from the 2018 festival headliner Beau Stanton. The Americans large scale mural shows an archer painted in a kind of Greco-Roman style. A tiny piece from Lisa Sea Urchin was created at the same time nearby. Subsequent years have seen works from Pad303, Snik and China Girl Tile which have added to the work on display

American street artist Beau Stanton painted the Bayshill pub in 2018
Star Wars inspired piece from Pad303 on the wall of the Bayshill Pub
Mural from China Girl Tile showing a tile girl painting a horse
Detail of China Girl Tile’s piece at the Bayshill Pub
Smaller Snik mural at the back entrance of the Bayshill Pub

West Cheltenham

Honeybourne Line and the Tunnels

The old train line which has now been converted into a footpath leads from the station into the town. Approximately half way along, some of the old tunnels have long been used as legal graffiti spots. Now the tunnels play a key role in the Cheltenham Paint Festival. Often getting refreshed with different artists coming along they play a busy role in each event. A little further along the Honeybourne Line, some of the bridges too have artworks on them. It’s a case of wandering along and discovering what you might find. The Honeybourne Line runs up past the Hardwick Campus and towards Pittville Park to the north of the town.

A stand out piece from PAD in between the tunnel entrances. To blend the shark into the brick he also had to repaint the bricks around him. This piece is from 2018 and respects the graffiti underneath
An updated image from 2022 still shows the Brick Shark by PAD303 but also work from Silent Hobo, Box Vincent and Frodrik

Elm Street & Swindon Road

A couple of murals can be seen in the area of the shops on Elm Street office which also front onto Tewkesbury Road. In particular the 2017 collaboration between N4T4, Peachzz, Lemak and Philth is one of the more long standing works in the area. This can be seen on the side of the William Hill bookies. The piece here got a companion in 2020 when Dotmasters added some of his rude kids to the Post Office itself. A little further along the nearby Swindon Road towards Cheltenham there are also murals from Fabio Petani (2019) and Dilk (2020).

Collaboration from 2017 with N4T4, Philth, Peachzz and Lemak. It can be found on the side of the William hill and fronts Elm Street
Dotmasters piece added to the road of shops accessed from Elm Street in 2020. This sits next to Tewkesbury Road Post Office
A nature themed mural from Italian muralist Fabio Petani from 2019. Called Camphene & Juniperus Communis seems to be referring to the common Juniper and the extract that contributes to it’s unique odour
Around the corner on Sun Street this abstract piece from Dilk was added in 2020

University of Gloucester Hardwick Campus

The Hardwick campus of the University of Gloucester boasts three murals within it’s grounds. The first from Southsea’s My Dog Sighs was painted as part of the first festival in 2017. The year later one of the stand out works from 2018 was added from Erin Holly. Sophie Long then added some Polar Bears in for the festival in 2019. As with much of Sophie’s work she has used the space to warn of the dangers of climate change as the bears wander to discover a new home.

Hugely popular My Dog Sighs mural at the Hardwick campus from 2017
Erin Holly mural from 2018 added to the Hardwick Campus
Polar Bears from Sophie Long added as part of the 219 festival at the Hardwick Campus

Cleeveland Road and Townsend Road

In the streets surrounding the campus a number of other murals can be seen. For the 2018 Cheltenham Paint Festival Cleeveland Road saw pieces from N4T4 and Philth created along with street art from L7M. At the bottom of the road at the junction with Tewkesbury Road in 2020 a further mural was added from Curtis Hylton. At the same time, just next to it on the parallel Townsend Road, the Stamford duo Snik added their stencil based mural. This latter piece sits at the junction of Tewkesbury and Gloucester Road.

At the top of Cleeveland Road is this much loved mural from Brazilian artist L7matrix from 2018
Another collaboration between N4T4 and Philth sits in the middle of Cleeveland Road. This is from 2018
At the end of Cleeveland Road at the junction with Tewkesbury Road, this nature scene was added by Curtis Hylton in 2020
The next road down on Townsend Road, this piece from Snik was added in 2020

North Cheltenham

Marle Hill Road & Pittville Park

A popular location across all the festivals has been Pittville Park. Here the large area of green public space to the north of the town has hosted a number of artists. In particular the Skate Park and the Aggs Pavillion have seen a number of pieces created on them. The skate park of course by it’s very nature is ephemeral so expect to see more uncurated work here. Aggs Pavillion meanwhile is a spot which has been used a number of times for the festival but which contains more letter based graffiti art. This can be accessed via Marle Hill Road which boasts works from Irony, China Girl Tile and a nearby piece from My Dog Sighs.

Aggs Pavilion in Pittville Park. This can be accessed via Marle Hill Road
Mural from Irony showing a wolf howling at the moon on Marle Hill Road
This little fox by a soup can be found near the Irony mural on Marle Hill Road
One of My Dog Sigh’s ‘Hug’ characters on a house on Marle Hill Parade

St Pauls Road

Just south of Pittville Park is the area of St Pauls and St Paul’s Road. Here a number of street art pieces can be seen. Leading the way from the 2019 festival was originally a piece from Johnman created a piece on the side of Central Stores of St Pauls Road. This however was repainted in 2022 by festival favourite Inkie who created a tribute to the area of St Pauls

Inkie’s ‘St Pauls’ Sign at Central Stories on St Pauls Road

In 2020 Bristol’s Lucas Antics decorated the front of a house on the nearby residential street of St Pauls Parade with her usual fun character based style. It has since been referred to as one of the prettiest houses in Cheltenham. Festival regular Peachzz then painted the side of the Coconut Tree pub in 2022. Her mural on the back of the pub can be accessed via Hanover Street and shows a Sri Lankan Bee Eater on a postage stamp.

Johnman piece from 2019 on the side of Central Stores on St Pauls Road. It has since been replaced by a work from Inkie in 2022
A decorated house from Lucas Antics added in 2020. This is on St Pauls Parade just off from St Paul’s Road
Sri Lankan bee eater on a postage stamp at the back of the Coconut Tree pub

East Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town Football Club

Only introduced as a festival location during 2022. The car park of the football ground boasts a large mural from organiser Andy Davies which celebrates the clubs major achievements. This work painted as a separate project led the way to hoardings at the back of the car park being opened up to artists.

Cheltenham Town Champions Mural by Andy Davies

Cotswold Road

Moving a little way out towards the east of Cheltenham is Cotswold Road. One piece here was created during the 2022 festival and features a collaboration with Scottish artists Shona Hardie and KMG.

Foxes from KMG and Roosters from Shona Hardie on Cotswold Road

Feathered Fish Pub

Dan Kitchener had a number of murals in Cheltenham. This one added during the festival of 2020. The artist from Southend has a very recognisable style and this piece on the Feathered Fish Pub adds to two murals he has also painted on Princess Elizabeth Way.

Dan Kitchener mural on the Feathered Fish pub

Sherborne Street

A little bit out on it’s own is the 2019 piece from the excellent Trust Icon. His satirical takes on well loved cartoon characters have become popular wherever they are placed. In Cheltenham he has used a tree to disguise his portrayal of the snake from Jungle Book. A snake which is then shown sneaking up on a local traffic warden.

Trust. Icon snake on Sherborne Street

Winchcombe Street

Another artist well known to street art in Cheltenham is Curtis Hylton also known as Samer. His mural on Winchcombe Street was created in 2019 and shows a cat intrigued by a butterfly. The backdrop is made up of Hylton’s usual merging of flora and fauna, a style which has become highly distinctive. Hylton has further murals along Prince Elizabeth Way and in the High Street car park

Another piece from Curtis Hylton. This looks onto Winchcombe Street

Williams Cycles, Albion Street

Painted on the side of Williams Cycles are a number of large scale murals which cover three sides of the building. Added in 2018 this was a major addition to that particular edition of the Cheltenham Paint Festival. Murals from Irony, Spzero76, Roo, SNUB, Nol, Andy Davies, Vanessa Longchamp, DK and China Girl Tile.

Andy ‘Dice’ Davies, Vanessa Longchamp and Decay (DK)
‘Bring a Dinosaur’ tile art from China Girl Tile
Murals from SNUB and Nol created in 2018
Mr Wigz piece from 2018 on the back of Williams Cycles
SPzero76 and Roo murals from 2018 at Williams Cycles

Outer Cheltenham

Cheltenham Railway Station

To the south of the town and the entrance to Cheltenham for many, the area around the train station has a number of pieces of street art. This includes a mural from Greece’s Wild Drawing created for the 2019 event and work from Koeone also dated from 2019. Dotted around are other smaller works such as organiser Andy Davie’s ‘Cheltenham’ sign. Fronting the the station entrance itself are some smaller pieces from artists such as Pogo, Inkie, Wolfskull Jack and another from Davies.

Greece’s ‘Wild Drawing (WD)’ created this mural particularly for the space on the Midland pub. He has blended in with the shape of the building and incorporated its features
Cheltenham sign by the railway station from Andy ‘Dice’ Davies
Portrait from Koeone created as part of the 2019 festival near the station

Gloucester Road

A little further down from the station Gloucester Road meets the A40 in the area of St Marks . At the corner as part of the 2022 festival Hazard painted a large portrait of a girl. It was the first time the festival had visited this part of the town.

Hazard Mural on Gloucester Road

Princess Elizabeth Way

By passing the town of Cheltenham the first street art murals on Princess Elizabeth Way were created in 2019. Most are large and cover the sides of housing blocks which front the road. Hampshire’s Curtis Hylton, Bristol’s Inkie and Southend’s Dan Kitchener were the first to contribute pieces to the area during the festival of that years. In the pandemic year of 2020 two further murals were added including an additional one from Dan Kitchener close to his previous piece and one from Bristol’s Jody. A further four murals were added in 2022 with pieces from Pogo, Mister Samo, Sophie Mess and Mr Cenz.

Inkie Mural from 2019 on a housing block near the corner with Dowty Road
Mural from Dan Kitcheners painted in 2019. It can be found at the other end of the block fronted Dowty Road
Smaller piece from Curtis Hylton from 2019 on the entrance to the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre
Jody mural added in 2020 near to the corner with Orchard Avenue
Another mural from Dan Kitchener this time from 2020 added to this housing block near Orchard Road
Mr Cenz mural from 2022
Mural by Pogo on Dowty Street just off Princess Elizabeth Way

Cheltenham Paint Festival has operated five times from 2017 to 2022 and on each occasion the work produced has added to the town. It is organised by local artist Andy ‘Dice’ Davies. All pictures in this post were taken in August 2021 and during August 2022.

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