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Shaun in the City trail, London

Last year London was home to the Books about Town and Paddington trails. This year it’s the turn of Shaun the Sheep to grace the streets of London (and Bristol). We spent a pleasant couple of hours following one of the art trails, spotting Shaun in his various guises.

Rule Britannia (Broadwick St), Ram of the Match (Regent St), Monsters (Picadilly Circus), Woolly Jumbo (Leicester Square)
Rule Britannia (Broadwick St), Ram of the Match (Regent St), Monsters (Picadilly Circus), Woolly Jumbo (Leicester Square)

The models have been designed and decorated by artists and celebrities and placed in key locations around the city. With the exception of five lost sheep they can all be seen by following four trails around central London. The trails range from 3-5km; they are supposed to take between 35 minutes and 1 hour 10 minutes to complete although we spent about double that time.

We picked up a free map from the information centre at Paddington railway station. You can also download an app for £1.49 which details the sheep in both cities, provides bonus information and challenges. One lady I spoke to on the trail said it had drained her battery so make sure your phone is fully charged before heading out.

The Gruffalo Shaun, Picadilly Circus and Mossy Bottom, Leicester Square Gardens
The Gruffalo Shaun, Picadilly Circus and Mossy Bottom, Leicester Square Gardens

We followed Shaun’s trail; from Oxford Circus we walked through Carnaby Street, along Regent Street to Picadilly Circus before heading to Chinatown and Leicester Square. The whole area is popular with tourists and it was quite funny to see them taking photos of the attractions whilst we were busy photographing sheep.

Jingtai, China Town
Jingtai, China Town

Most of the sheep were outside although we did have to battle through the madness of Hamleys Toy Store to find one. Another was in the foyer of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, where my son would have happily stayed for the afternoon if I hadn’t dragged him away. However, my favourite sheep was Nelson in Trafalgar Square, particularly as it was home to one of the few pigeons you’ll find there nowadays.

Trafalgar Square Shaun the sheep
Nelson Shaun the sheep

Have you visited the trail? If so, which was your favourite?

More info

  • The trail runs in London from 28 March-25 May 2015. There’s a separate trail in Bristol from 6 July to 31 August 2015.  The trail is raising money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity; all 120 sculptures from both locations will be auctioned off to the highest bidders on 8 October 2015.
  • Full trail details can be found on the Shaun in the City website.
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43 thoughts on “Shaun in the City trail, London”

  1. I’ve seen a few Shauns dotted around. haven’t seen the latest film though. can’t wait until that comes out on DVD. having read this post, we may perhaps do one of the trails. Thanks

    1. Hi Katharine, we haven’t seen the film yet either. We meant to go but kept on missing it whilst it was at the cinema so we’ll have to wait for the DVD too.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I am so ashamed to say this has passed me by when I am normally so good with these things – and I was in Chinatown about 4 weeks ago, so must have just missed it. Right, of on a mission now to find some Shauns! 🙂

    1. I wouldn’t worry Ting, it’s only just started so you didn’t miss it whilst you were in town a few weeks ago.

    1. It’s a good way to see the city too. I always seem to end up on the underground without realising quite how close some of the stations are. Must make more of an effort to walk in future.

  3. Goodmorning Christine, I love those Shaun the sheep! Following a trail of colourful Shaun the sheep sounds like fun and then auctioning them off for charity is a good way of raising money.

    They did do something similar in Athens a few years back (could well have been the year the Olympics were held there). Except instead of sheep they placed brightly coloured cows around the city.

    1. Thanks Debbie. It seems to be a bit of a thing nowadays doesn’t it? We had rhinos in Oxford a couple of years back, but the Shauns were better.

  4. That looks like a great day tracking them all down! We have Bavarian Bears here, and there’s one town full of cabbages! Famous for it’s sauerkraut I think! 😀

    1. Ah we missed out on the Gromit trail. This is the first proper trail we’ve done although I have randomly come across various sculptures before when in London.

    1. Thanks Merlinda – yes, I think all of the models from Bristol & London get one last outing together before they’re auctioned off.

    1. Ah there’s no age limit to Shaun the sheep. I think that’s part of the appeal – we saw plenty of adult only groups spotting Shaun whilst we were there.

    1. A toad trail sounds interesting. There seemed to be an animal phase of models (we had rhinos in Oxford) a few years ago, but they’ve gone down the film tie-in route recently.

  5. I had no idea these were hiding inamongst the streets of London… And was in Trafalgar Square this week. What a great idea! I’ll have to check them out next time – my daughter will love it. Thanks for sharing. Looks like your children had a great time!! #pocolo

    1. Nelson the sheep is worth a detour if you’re nearby; although there are plenty of others all through central London. Hope you get to see some!

  6. Lovely photos and I love the Nelson Shaun! We’re hoping to find a few of the sheep before they disappear – thank you for the advice about making sure the phone is fully charged when using the app!

  7. I’ve got a friend who makes a hobby of doing these trails, not just in London, but around the country and even abroad.

    We usually manage to catch a few from just wandering around, but the kids really enjoyed the movie, so I might be able to persuade them to do a trail for real for once.

    Great pix! Great inspiration!

    1. Oh wow, that’s a committed friend! The trails are pretty short so quite kid friendly – hope you manage to see some.

    1. We never got to see the Paddington trail either, I kept on meaning to visit but never got round to it. Hope you manage to visit.

  8. Loved the Shaun’s we spotted during our Good Friday wander around town. Definitely planning to see some more before it finishes in London!

    The little sheep footprints you found are cute too 😀

    My favourite Shaun (that I’ve seen first hand so far) is the Yeoman of the Baard one – he’s a Beefeater outside the Tower of London, though Shakespeare Shaun comes a very close 2nd!

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