Trafalgar Square

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

Trafalgar Square
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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

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK

Phone: 020 7983 4750

Official Website: Trafalgar Square

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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 🤩👍👌Trafalgar Square is one of the most important and bustling squares in London: designed in 1830 to commemorate the British victory against the French and Spanish fleets in the Battle of Trafalgar. In the centre of the square is Nelson’s Column, built in 1843 in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson, shot and killed in action as commander in chief of the British army in the battle of Trafalgar. The marble column standing 145 feet (nearly 50 m)-tall is topped by a statue of Lord Nelson and guarded by four lions, built with melted bronze from the French Navy canons.

Rodica Mirlogeanu - 5 hours ago

5 Star Rating This is a buzzing, super busy intersection with amazing statues on the square. There is also The National Gallery right behind it and a zillion shops and restaurants all around. Piccadilly Circus is just a few blocks away. Even 10 Downing Street and that area isn't very far. Highly recommend at least seeing the square.

Vikraj Dookheeta - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing and iconic place surrounded by historic buildings and street art (usually). It's close to many London's must-see places, it has incredible connectivity and you can meet people from all around the world. You have to go there. And wait for the night because there's always something interesting going on. Enjoy!

Michael Rachid - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating 5 stars more would be given if possible An iconic site - the 3 lions and Nelson who saved this county at the time They have street food vendors street entertainment music protests art fountains surrounded by art galleries pubs restaurants A must place to go when in London Did I mention the 3 lions the symbol of England at its best Go there when in England or miss out on a great place and be forever sorry you did QUESTION When in the square Nelson has a telescope under his arm Go to the savoy in the Strand and stand opposite side of road Look at nelsons column and then see what he seems to be holding 😲

Steve Hayward - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating I have lost count of how often I have been to Trafalgar Square - I have seen street performers, protest rallies, crowds on a hot, (well, warm) summer's day and performances by musicians, actors and even poets. I love this square by night, especially at Christmas time, and the National Gallery at it's highest point is a national treasure! With views down to Big Ben, and buses and tube trains just a few feet away, this is one of the iconic views of London you must not miss!

Twentyoneish - 28 days ago


Timelapse video of Trafalgar Square as night falls over the city

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