We’ve already told you about Bristol, the city where art, history and beauty come together. It’s a must see place if you ever come to the United Kingdom or in London and stay for more than a few days.
Bristol is a very artsy city, so if you enjoy street art this is the place to be. You’ll be amazed by the interesting stencils and graffiti on the walls of Nelson Street and those in Stokes Croft area.
The name Stokes Croft has come to refer to an area around the road as an informal district encompassing Jamaica Street, the junction of Picton Street and Ashley Road, and the southern part of Cheltenham Road.
The area (Stokes Croft) is a centre of art, music and independent shops in Bristol, with clubs such as the Croft, Lakota and Blue Mountain; the nearby music college BIMM Bristol on King Square.
Moreover, the area’s character has given rise to a group of activists and artists calling themselves The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC), who are seeking to revitalise the area through community action and public art.
Stokes Croft takes its name from John Stokes, a medieval inhabitant of Bristol who was mayor of the city in the late 14th century.
This part of the town is a very exciting place to visit – you will walk through underground passages transformed into galleries where you will find original and expressive graffiti.
Also, at the junction of Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street, it is a large mural,“The Mild Mild West”, painted some time ago in the 1990s by Banksy. It depicts teddybear lobbing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police. In 2007 the mural was voted Alternative Landmark of Bristol.
We warmly recommend this city and Stokes Croft area. It’s urban, amazing and genuine artistic, therefore if you enjoy subcultures you really should put Bristol on the list.