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.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK

Phone: 020 7983 4750

Official Website: Trafalgar Square


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Trafalgar Square Star Rating

5 Star Rating Spacious, bustling place with many people from all around. Great place for tourism, has nice statues and a Harry Potter tour passing through sometimes. It also has the United Kingdom's first female traffic light made in 2008 after feminist protesting.

Affan Junaid - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating We brought my little girl here as part of a day to see the sights of the capital. Lovely lions as always and there was even a nice nativity scene for Christmas. Very festive.

Seb Richards - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Visiting this place is always wonderful and fun! The huge statues, the events throughout the year, the artists performing/exhibiting their work here, the culture on display and easy access to public transport all makes this a unique experience every time I visit.

Sanjay Pappachan - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating The most iconic place in London. There is so much on this Street and the so many events happening in the square one cannot explain. You have to visit this place for sure for some amazing content and good pictures. The national gallery here is a must visit.

aashna subhedar - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Trafalgar square. Is both interesting and diverse. A pavement artist drawing hearts in coloured chalks, put your message in one take a photo send to your loved one. Give him a donation. Other people with books, petitions, beautiful architecture. Magnificent statutes, sit on the steps at North terrace, have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Plenty to see and do and great places to eat, culture is all around you enjoy.

Ellen Davies - 25 days ago


Timelapse video of Trafalgar Square as night falls over the city

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