Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of the most renowned squares in all of England

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square cc licensed photo by Shane Global Language Centres

Located in central London, Trafalgar Square is a popular tourist attraction in its own right. It is a popular social gathering place for Londoners and has served as a location for the filming of many popular movies.

This large square, which was first built in 1845, is named after the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. The square is surrounded on three sides by roadways with the entrance to the National Gallery closing in the fourth side. Located in the center, is a commemorative column topped by a statue of Admiral Nelson who died in the Battle of Trafalgar. There are four lion statues that guard the base of Nelson's Column. Two large fountains are located in the area between Nelson's Column and the National Gallery. These fountains are lit up at night, most recently with new LED lighting.

An underground passage called a subway from Charing Cross Train and Tube Station leads directly to the square. When you first come up from the Underground you will be immediately immersed by the grandeur of the square and the surrounding area. You will feel very much in London. Trafalgar Square is an ideal place from which to start a walking tour of Central London. There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of this Central location. These include: the National Gallery, the Horse Guards Building and Parade, Saint James's Park, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

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Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Tuesday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wednesday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thursday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Friday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Saturday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sunday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom

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4 Star Rating Trafalgar Square is one of the many cool areas of London, it is a plaza in the Covent Garden / Westminster area of the capital city. The area might be known... Read More

Aaron S. Apr-23-2019

5 Star Rating We've always liked the beautiful statuary around Trafalgar Square and we've long known of its location for huge protests. Today was a special experience,... Read More

Susan L. Jun-04-2019

4 Star Rating Lovely place to visit and worth the trip. My boyfriend had a great time meandering through the statues and checking out the huge gold lions. It's a very... Read More

Emily D. May-29-2019

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Piccadilly LinesLeicester Square3 MInutes
Bakerloo LineCharing Cross4 MInutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment8 MInutes

How to get to Trafalgar Square by Tube

From Leicester Square Station walk south along Charing Cross Road.

From Charing Cross Station take the Trafalgar Square Exit.

From Embankment Station head northwest along Villiers Street then left on Strand and slight right on Duncannon Street.

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Timelapse video of Trafalgar Square as night falls over the city

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