Liverpool has always been a go-to destination for art-lovers. From the Tate Liverpool down at the Albert Docks to the Walker Art Gallery in town, there are galleries across the city.
But, increasingly, you don’t have to go inside at all to see some incredible art. It’s just as easy to get your culture-fix by walking around the streets of Liverpool.
Thanks to the Contrast Murals Festival, which took place earlier this year, the walls of buildings across the city are now covered in vibrant, visual murals.
Here are some of the best places in Liverpool to spot the greatest street art the city has to offer. If you spot any new murals popping up around the city, make sure you tag us (@signaturesliverpool) in your Instagram post!
Street Art Spots in the Baltic
The home of the street art movement in Liverpool is probably the Baltic Triangle (the city’s creative district).
The once-industrial streets are now filled with bars, clubs and creative spaces, all surrounded by some incredible artwork on the walls of old warehouses.
Just a quick walk around the streets will reveal loads of murals for you to enjoy.
First of all, check out the now iconic ‘For all Liverpool’s Liver Birds’ by Paul Curtis on Jamaica Street.
Make sure you grab the required selfie with this interactive piece that includes two huge wings inspired by the famous Liver Birds.
Nearby, you’ll also be able to spot a unique street art piece that tells a tale. The mural on this black and white box reads “You can rob a bank and get away with 10 grand and serve 8 years… Or you can rob a Banksy and get away with a 100 grand and serve caviar!”.
The artwork is a reference to a number of Banksy pieces that were taken down around Liverpool and sold to private collections in the past few years.
Other notable Baltic artworks include two murals by Manchester-based French artist Akse.
Head to behind The Studio on Parliament Street to see his Stephen Hawking painting and to the top of Hill Street to see his long-standing Al Pacino artwork.
On Greenland Street, you can spot Paul Curtis’ newest Baltic mural at the Liverpool Life Sciences and Observatory Building.
And if you’re feeling a bit worn out from exploring the area, why not pop to Constellations for a refreshing drink? Their beer garden has its own mural for you to admire. Or head down to Liverpool’s Botanical Garden on New Bird Street – another outdoor bar that’s full of some incredible street art.
Street Art Spots in the Ropewalks Area
The area between Duke Street and Renshaw Street hosts some impressive street art around every corner.
The side-streets leading off Bold Street are full of quirky murals.
Head down to Heathfield Street, beside La Parrilla restaurant, to see the new Mexican inspired design by Haka Graffiti and check out the giant chameleon that’s hanging out on Cropper Street.
Another favourite Instagrammable mural is Inkie’s Liver Bird design that’s squeezed onto the side of a Duke Street building.
Alma de Cuba, the Cuban bar on Seel Street, has a spectacular feel-good mural in its beer garden. You can grab a cocktail in the garden and admire the sunshine yellow artwork.
Take a look at the side of Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street, for some millennial eye-candy. Their ‘Avocado is Bae’ signage has probably been instagrammed as many times as the Liver Building itself.
Another great bar-based street-art spot is Santa Chupitos bar on Parr Street, which is completely decked out in incredible artwork. Head to the back of the building for a larger-than-life mural completed this year by Elphone.
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Street Art Spots in the Fabric District
The up-and-coming Fabric District near Liverpool’s universities has recently upped its street-art game and is probably one of the best places to see a huge variety of street art in a confined area.
Take a wander around London Road, Bayhorse Lane and Gildart Street to see the best they have to offer in guerrilla art.
Gildart Street is fast becoming an open-air street gallery, with murals including the brightly coloured work of Shane O’Malley, Darren John and Finbar McHugh.
Bristol-based graffiti artist Cheba has also been active in the Fabric District area. He’s behind the shining blue moon on a building on Gildart Street.
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Head to Bayhorse Lane for other works created during the street art festival this year, while the must-see design on Constance Street is this deceptively simple Aztec design by Flor & Naze.
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Street Art Spots in the North Docks
The North Docks might be a little walk away from the city centre, but if you make the journey to Stanley Dock, you’ll be rewarded with the mammoth Beatles-inspired mural ‘Four lads from Liverpool’.
Meanwhile, at few streets over from the North Docks, check out the Tempest Building on Tithebarn Street. An all-female crew took two weeks to complete this huge mural which symbolizes the growth of start-ups in the city.
Street Art Sports in South Liverpool
Over in South Liverpool, you can catch the latest work from Paul Curtis (the artist behind the Liver Bird wings mural), at the new Liverpool shopping park. He’s created a colourful mural of iconic Liverpool buildings.
On Smithdown Road, in Wavertree, visit Evil Eye Burrito for an eyeful of Mexican-themed street art.
Check out their tiny garden to see a sombrero-wearing cactus and if you walk past before the restaurant opens, you’ll catch a somber-looking man with a large moustache peering out from their closed window shutter.
Over in Toxteth, Paul Curtis has also been busy giving the Welsh Streets their own mammoth signage. Situated at the top of Wynnstay Street, it’s hard to miss the huge human-sized lettering.
Street Art Spots in Walton
Head north to Walton’s County Road to see the vibrant mural of a girl with technicolor hair by Whoam Irony.
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Street Art Spots Across the City
A number of artists have created linking art installations across the city.
Scousers have noticed Sine Missone murals popping up all over the place for a number of years. Stenciled quotes from historically important figures, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, can be spotted at the top of Smithdown Road in Wavertree, in Bootle, around Sefton park and across the City Centre.
The graffiti is actually an advertising campaign by a Liverpool based T-shirt company but it has now become a well-known sight across the city.
Dotmasters’ ‘Rude Kids’ series has also been popping up across the city. The stenciled images of small kids playing around have been seen on Parr Street and around the Baltic. His designs have even made it as far as London, Bangkok and Tokyo!
Have you seen some great street art that we haven’t mentioned around the city? Write your recommendations of the best street art spots in Liverpool in the comments below.
If you’re looking for things to do in Liverpool that won’t cost a penny, why not check out our guide on the best free things to do in Merseyside this summer?