Walk: Sheffield Canalside Street Art Trail

in Sheffield

A towpath walk taking you on a street art trail along the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

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The Route

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Walk Description

Starting at Victoria Quays, the canal basin at the start of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, this walk follows the towpath and takes you on our street art trail.

Victoria Quays was built between 1816 – 1819 to bring the canal to the city and was used as a cargo port until 1970. It then fell into disrepair but now the warehouses and terraces of coal merchant offices have been restored and redeveloped into cafes, bars, offices, and a hotel so a perfect start and end point to the walk.

Cross the canal in Victoria Quays and pick up the towpath to follow the canal and street art trail. The street art trail started in 2019 as part of the Sheffield & Tinsley 200th anniversary celebrations. Funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery gave us the opportunity to commission a local arts collective, Concrete Canvas, who brought together the artists and planned the creation of the pieces.

The first pieces you will see as you leave Victoria Quays have been created by local artist Affix. Continue heading up the canal towards Cadman Street where you will find some more nature related installations. Once you have pasted Cadman Street you will see the street art gallery covering a long wall on the side of the canal. These pieces were painted by 13 street artists during the 2019 Sheffield Waterfront Festival.

Carry on along the canal towpath and you will pass a couple art installations. You will pass the Olympic Legacy Park and then cross the canal to follow the towpath to Tinsley Marina. At this point you can either return to Victoria Quays by foot, pick up the tram or extend your walk to continue along the towpath to Meadowhall and beyond.

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