I love Brighton, and its street art and graffiti scene is so vibrant that I have put together a tour of the best hotspots to visit if you get a chance.
What made it easier was that I rode my scooter and was therefore able to park easily and nip in and out of each location really quickly. If you’re coming to Brighton then by far the best way to travel is by train, and there is plenty of graffiti close to the station, and along the roads leading down to the seafront. If you let the train take the strain then you don’t have to think about parking your car and battling the busy traffic.
If you do plan to drive then take care when choosing a parking location as many car parks don’t have their prices clearly advertised before you get in, and it’s easy to make an expensive mistake. I would recommend using JustPark (link below) where you can search for spots near to where you want to be, and some spaces are right in the centre of town. You can choose a spot which fits your budget and have peace of mind that there will be no nasty surprises when you need to leave.
Just Park offer official NCP and hotel car parks as well as entrepeneurial homeowners who rent out their drives. Prices are usually much cheaper than paying at the car park itself so it’s well worth checking first online and their app is so easy to use if you book on your phone rather than on a PC.
Brighton Graffiti in Upper Lewes Road
Some friends of mine told me about a recently-decorated house on Upper Lewes Road so my Brighton graffiti tour started there. It’s an enormous wall mural which must have taken hours, but it is stunning!
Further down the road was another spot with this vibrant artwork which I really loved.
The next stop on my Brighton graffiti tour was behind the London Road shops at the Hobgoblin pub, which is itself covered in enormous murals.
I then headed north, visiting St Peter’s Street, Providence Place and Elder Place for non-stop Brighton graffiti.
This area behind London Road is home to many awesome examples of Brighton graffiti. The back of this house has an amazing mural!
I clambered up a fire escape to get a closer look!
This is an example of work by Snub, a prolific Brighton-based artist who has work spread all over the city.
Elder Place has more great examples of Brighton graffiti, particularly with a local theme, like the one below depicting seagulls and the Palace Pier. Yes, I know they call it Brighton Pier now, but to me it’s Palace Pier still!
At the top of Elder Place are some telephone junction boxes decorated by Cassette Lord. The council allow him to brighten up these boring green boxes which I think is a great idea.
One of the best places to see Brighton graffiti is in Trafalgar Lane. The street art here seems to have a very short shelf life and it makes me sad to see great pieces covered over. I asked Glimmertwin 32 about it and it turns out that he likes the constant change and transient nature of art. It’s great for viewers like me to have fresh street art to look at every time I visit, but when I think about the hours that must go into every one I would want it to last longer than a week or two!
There was new work from Mazcan, another of my favourite artists, as well as other gorgeous street art.Booking.com
I then headed south to Church Street for the next stop on my Brighton graffiti tour where I parked my scooter at the end near Queens Road. This area is where Glimmertwin 32 has a lot of work on show where he uses the hoardings of the building site as a canvas.
It all has a Brighton theme, including the West Pier, the Pavilion and general seaside images such as deckchairs and rock.
Further up the street was another Brighton-inspired piece, a silhouette of the Pavilion against a rainbow background.
Sadly, Regent Street has a lot of building work going on at the moment (in 2019) and the famous Angel Of Brighton is no longer visible. It’s very sad but I believe it’s being preserved within the building work so that’s better than it being painted over by property developers. I’ve included it here so you can see what it looked like at its peak.
This piece by Crush Proof is also on my Brighton Street Art post, but I can see more of it on this trip so have posted here again as it’s so good!
It was time for a drink so I popped into Iydea for a juice, but was so tempted by the food on display that I stayed for lunch! It was delicious and could seriously tempt into turning vegetarian if their chefs could cook for me every day. I also treated myself to a slice of their blueberry sponge cake which was amazing.
Newly energised by my lunch I headed to Gloucester Road where Snub had been busy with this panel on the side of a building.
Here are some paste-ups by another prolific Brighton artist called Minty who has work all over the town centre and beyond.
The closest I got to doing some shopping was a quick browse around Little Beach Boutique in North Road which I discovered on my last graffiti-spotting trip. I’m glad I did as it was when I was leaving that I spotted some murals by Jivesart, aka John Ives in the road opposite.
This geometric piece was also in North Road, and I love the colours!
It was time to move on and my next Brighton graffiti stop was Black Rock which is east of the Palace/Brighton Pier, right at the end near the marina. There are many hoardings there which act as canvasses, and there is also an inner area of waste ground which has been used by street artists too.Booking.com
I was gutted I hadn’t worn sensible shoes as there was an artist in action on the upper level but I would have needed to climb up there and my summer sandals weren’t up to the job!
It was time to head home, but I couldn’t resist two more quick stops before hitting the A27 on my scooter. Immediately on the roundabout in front of Brighton Pier was this telephone junction box so I stopped for a quick snap!
I then stopped near the Peace Statue on the Brighton / Hove border where building work is surrounded by hoardings, a magnet for street artists.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these colourful examples of Brighton graffiti.
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