Marvellous Murals

Marvellous Murals

I must admit there’s just something about murals and, I think you’ll agree, these ones in Borth are spectacular!

A mural on a house in Borth.

These cottages stand opposite each other on the main street in the seaside village of Borth on the coast of Ceredigion, here in Wales. As I mentioned in my previous post, Borth and the surrounding area were used as filming locations for the TV crime series Hinterland, but these murals show a brighter side to the place.

12ft tall Pirate Paul on a house in Borth.

Apparently, this house was originally built by a sea-captain from Borth. The artist couldn’t find a picture of the sea-captain, so he used the current occupier as a model for the pirate in the mural!

The murals are by Marvellous Murals. Originally from London, Dean of Marvellous Murals moved to Borth with his family a couple of years ago. When he isn’t creating marvellous murals, Deal helps his wife run Borth Wild Animal Kingdom (somewhere else I promise to visit and, of course, write about).

Have you seen any marvellous murials whilst out and about?


  1. Melis Living says:

    They are amazing! Can you believe I am British and I have never been to Wales… I really must get down soon (I live up in North East England) as it looks beautiful. Melis x

  2. Hi Nikki,

    I love murals, so long as they are tasteful, well executed, and fitting to their position – and I think that these two fit all three criteria nicely!

    My contribution mural, is a version of Thomas Rowlanson’s cartoon entitled ‘Portsmouth Point’ and is situated on the side wall of The Bridge Tavern, found on Old Portsmouth’s Camber Dock

    We come across so many murals in our travels whilst writing and managing Treasure Trails in the Wessex region, but this was the first that came to mind and is representative of the seafaring history of the area, in the same way that your own are.

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting post and I hope that all is well with you 🙂


  3. Jayne says:

    I’d love to see more art like that around the country. In your first photo I love how you have caught the Captain’s mural opposite in the window reflection. And is that another on the pink house next to The Wave? (whose blue dustbin is very well co-ordinated ) .

  4. rashbre says:

    That amazing wave one looks like a colourful twist on The Great Wave off Kanagawa – which is a well-known Japanese wood block picture – the three fishing boats and Mount Fuji in the background. Stunning.

  5. jeanie says:

    The one like a Hiroshige woodblock is stunning. I have such admiration for these artists — painting big is no easy feat! Especially high up!

    Thanks for visiting! Always good to see you — and to be HERE!

  6. Lisa says:

    Murals are wonderful aren’t they? Street art at its finest. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Belfast but some of the street murals there are stunning too! Lisa x

  7. Tracy Terry says:

    Wow! These ‘muriels’ are so impressive.

    Muriels being what a character (Hilda Ogden, your too young to remember her) in Coronation Street mistakenly called her mural (the background to the three flying duck ornaments she had on her wall) and thus something everyone in my family has called them ever since.

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