Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour

Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour
Stumble upon hidden gems in the trending neighbourhood of Woodstock.

Highlights

  • Explore hidden gems you would otherwise miss walking the streets
  • Experience Woodstock like a local dining at favourite restaurants and cafes
  • View exceptional art from graffiti, to installations and paintings

Description

Experience a beautiful and insightful walk through the neighbourhood of Woodstock, which has become one of Cape Town’s most inspiring communities. On this 90-minute walking tour, we uncover the many urban art murals and graffiti works on display, as well as installations, studio and gallery exhibits. You’ll be surprised at the hidden gems found on the streets, some of which are from well-known artists from across the globe. The tour also stops at trendy coffee shops and gift shops, as well as local beer brewing companies and restaurants.

History

In the middle of the 19th Century, Woodstock was a semi-industrial zone located on the outskirts of Cape Town’s CBD. Previously a seaside resort, the area became increasingly industrialised after the substantial land reclamations in the 1950s. With the growth of industry came an increase in crime, deterring tourists and even locals from frequenting the area. However, the early 90s saw the start of a gradual renewal process. Today, Woodstock has reinvented itself as the creative hub of the city. The now hip and trendy suburb boasts furniture showrooms, quirky creative agencies as well as many coffee shops, eateries and artist studios for tourists and locals to enjoy.

Day Open Close
Monday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Tuesday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Wednesday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Thursday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Friday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Saturday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30
Sunday 08:30, 13:30 10:30, 15:30

Tours run from 8:30 – 10:30 and 13:30 – 15:30

Phone: +27 (0)73 400 4064
Website: www.townshiparttours.co.za

66 Albert Rd

Advice for visitors

It is not the purpose of art to “change” Woodstock, but to help transform the area and bring people into its streets. When on the walk, make a point of looking for the positive transformative messages in the artworks. The messages range from nature conservation to social justice, and general upliftment of the community. This is social commentary that is often provocative. Though the tour is well-managed and led by an expert of the area, do be conscious of your surroundings and keep an eye on your possessions. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring along a camera and some extra cash for nibbles along the way.

Did you know

The majority of the urban art – all of which carries some type of transformative message – is done via proposal or commission, and always with the permission from the owners of the buildings on which the artwork is to be created.

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