UK Banksy map reveals the stunning murals you can still find… including forgotten work scrawled on holiday beauty spot


HE’S one of the most revered artists alive and his work sells for millions so it’s no wonder Banksy’s works aren’t always left for the public to view free.

But this weekend a new masterpiece cropped up in Finsbury Park overnight, as green foliage was painted behind a brutally cropped tree.

AlamyThe new mural appeared in London at the weekend[/caption]

The artist confirmed it was his on an Instagram post on Monday, after shocked residents woke to find it on a building in Hornsey Road.

Street artist Banksy shows a woman with a pressure hose apparently spray-painting a leafless tree.

Resident James Roebuck said on X/Twitter: “Banksy came overnight and now my rent will skyrocket.”

Banksy works are prized pieces for a local area as they can draw in much-needed tourism and even raise house prices – but keeping them safe is no easy task.

In 2020, his creations were cleaned off the London Underground – despite being estimated at £7.5m – and others have fallen into private hands.

While the piece outside The Griffin Hotel, in Manchester, didn’t turn out to be a Banksy, there are plenty more of his pieces you can see around Britain.

Great British Spraycation – East Anglia

In August 2021, the artists celebrated the seaside holiday with a series of works known as the Great British Spraycation.

Of the 10 amazing murals, dotted throughout East Anglia, three are still visible.

AlamyThe bus stop dancers in Great Yarmouth was painted as part of The Great British Spraycation.[/caption]

AlamyThe homeless hermit crabs are on the beach in Cromer[/caption]

AlamyThe swooping seagull can be seen in Lowestoft[/caption]

A couple dancing on top of a bus shelter, while a seated man plays an accordion, is painted on the wall of a semi-detached house in Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth.

The council initially closed off the bus shelter and the artwork is now covered with perspex to prevent damage.

In Cromer, a bunch of shell-less hermit crabs are pictured as they face a group of empty shells and another crab holding a sign saying “Luxury Rentals Only”.

The mural is a protest against the lack of affordable homes for locals in the pretty fishing village and other seaside towns.

In Lowestoft, Banksy painted a seagull swooping on a tray of chips  – which was actually a skip full of rubbish, which was installed as part of the work. 

The installation was fenced off after visitors started pinching the bits of classing which represented the chips and the seagull is now behind perspex.

Love Plane – Liverpool

AlamyLove Plane shows a biplane drawing a heart-shaped in skywriting[/caption]

The Love Plane first appeared on the Western Approaches on Rumford Street in Liverpool in 2011, but it was then removed in 2016 to be featured in a street art museum.

When the museum never materialised, the beloved biplane painting was returned to the city centre in February 2019 with the addition of a tag reading: “I’m back”.

The Well Hung Lover – Bristol

The Well Hung Lover has been permanently damaged by blue splodges of paint

This work, also known as Naked Man Hanging from Window, appeared on the side of a sexual health clinic in Banksy’s hometown in 2006.

It became the first legal street art in the UK after 97 per cent of respondents to a council poll said they wanted the lewd mural to stay.

But despite efforts to protect the work, it’s been defaced by paintballs and black spray paint tags reading ‘F**k Banksy’.

The Mild Mild West – Bristol

AlamyThe Mild Mild West shows police officers with riot shields and a teddy bear with a petrol bomb[/caption]

The Mild Mild West, showing a Molotov cocktail-wielding teddy bear, was painted in broad daylight over three days in 1999.

Locals have praised the graffiti on Stokes Croft, which was made in protest of police efforts to close down raves in the area in the 90s.

The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum – Bristol

AlamyThe Girl with the Pierced Eardrum was constructed around an alarm – hence the name[/caption]

Banksy’s cheeky take on the famous Vermeer painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, appeared in Hanover Place in 2014.

The mural was in the news again when a giant face mask appeared on the painting in April 2020.

Rose Trap – Bristol

ShutterstockThis mural of a rose caught in a mouse trap was one of the first to be protected[/caption]

Not far from Mild Mild West, Rose Trap can be found on Thomas Street North in Bristol.

Vandals targetted the artwork and defaced it with black spray paint last September.

Thankfully locals had put a plexiglass covering over the early Banksy mural to keeping it safe for posterity before the incident.

Valentine’s Day – Bristol

AlamyBanksy confirmed this was his handiwork in February 2020[/caption]

This work is the newest confirmed Banksy work in Bristol, appearing overnight on 13th February 2020.

Within hours of its discovery on Marsh Lane, vandals sprayed foul-mouthed messages over the top of it including “BCC w*****s”.

Banksy, however, wasn’t disappointed and wrote on Instagram: “I’m kind of glad the piece in Barton Hill got vandalised.

“The initial sketch was a lot better.”

Dismaland Pinwheel – Weston-super-Mare

AlamyPinwheel is now in a museum[/caption]

Banksy’s dystopian theme park, Dismaland, opened in a crumbling leisure centre on the Weston-super-Mare seafront in 2015.

Banksy gifted its giant pinwheel to the town as a thank you for putting on the show, which welcomed over 150,000 visitors during its five-week run.

Now the pinwheel has taken pride of place in the Weston-super-Mare museum in the town centre .

mergency department until it sold £16.7m last year.

Reindeer mural – Birmingham

BanksyBanksy filmed a homeless man named Ryan sleeping on the bench next to his reindeer mural in Christmas 2019[/caption]

Banksy’s reindeer mural appeared in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in December 2019.

A protective screen was put up in front of the painting after red noses were painted on to the original.

Draw the Raised Bridge – Hull

BanksyThis painting was sprayed onto a permanently raised bridge in Hull[/caption]

Draw the Raised Bridge appeared on the disused Scott Street Bridge over the River Hull in January 2018.

A plan had been drawn up to demolish the bridge and put the artwork onto a replacement, replica bridge.

After many feared the Birmingham Banksy would be auctioned off after a number of his pieces sold for six-figure sums.

Network Rail, who own the wall where the graffiti is, told Birmingham Live it would remain there due to the “complex reality and cost of removing the street art”.

Season’s Greetings – Port Talbot

AlamyThis dark play on a festive scene appeared in South Wales[/caption]

The Christmas themed Season’s Greetings mural was sprayed onto the side of a steelworker’s garage in Port Talbot in December 2018.

Although it’s been sold to a gallery owner, it was agreed that the 4.5tonne work would temporarily stay in the town.

This is Not a Photo Opportunity – Cheddar Gorge

BanksyThis mural in scenic Cheddar Gorge is said to be still visible[/caption]

Banksy stencilled the white words “This is Not a Photo Opportunity” on a cliff face 40 metres up in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, around 2004.

The work, near Cliff Road, is said to still be slightly visible after years of exposure to the elements.

Tesco sandcastle mural – St. Leonards-on-Sea

AlamyA protective cover was put over this mural when vandals defaced it[/caption]

This 2010 mural appeared on the back of a staircase leading down to the beach in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

Banksy has used Tesco branding in several different artworks over the years, including on a picture of a petrol bomb in 2011.

It’s claimed the artwork has led house prices to shoot up – with properties selling for up to three times more than they were previously valued at.

Designated Graffiti Area – London

AlamyThis is one of two Banksy pieces which you can see in the courtyard of the Cargo nightclub[/caption]

Banksy’s humorous Designated Graffiti Area is located in the courtyard of the nightclub Cargo on Rivington Street in Hackney.

Another of his works showing a dog with a bazooka called His Master’s Voice is in the same place.

Royal Family – London

AlamyThe Royal Family is still on display in Stoke Newington, north London[/caption]

Banksy’s cartoon version of the Royal Family appeared in Stoke Newington as far back as 2001.

It’s still visible from Stoke Newington Church Street, despite many attempts to paint over it over the years.

Extinction Rebellion piece – London

AlamyBanksy experts agree this mural is his, although he hasn’t taken credit for it[/caption]

The Extinction Rebellion mural appeared near Marble Arch in April 2019 after the protest group’s camp on the site was cleared.

A message on the painting reads: “From This Moment Despair Ends And Tactics Begin”.

Snorting Copper – London

AlamyThis piece underwent extensive restoration after thieves and vandals damaged it[/caption]

The mural of a police officer snorting cocaine first appeared on the side of a public toilet on Curtain Road in Hackney in 2005.

It’s now inside an office building on the same road, but remains visible to the public through a viewing window.

Falling shopper – London

Falling Shopper is in MayfairGetty – Contributor

This mural appeared on the side of a building on Bruton Street in Mayfair in November 2011.

Its anti-consumerist message, which Banksy uses in lots of his work, was undoubtedly chosen for its affluent surroundings.

Banksy/Basquiat mural – London

AlamyThis mural on the Barbican was inspired by a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition[/caption]

Two murals appeared by the Barbican in 2017 during an exhibition of Basquiat’s work.

Basquiat is a famous American street artist to whom Banksy was paying tribute.

Writing on Instagram, he said: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”

Rats – London

SebastianBorn.comOne of Banksy’s surviving rats in London – this one is found in an underpass near London Bridge station[/caption]

Banksy’s most iconic symbol is the rat, and many of them are still dotted around London.

One of the best examples can be found in an underpass connecting London Bridge with Tooley Street.

Banksy’s Underground work was called You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get