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Trafalgar Square, London

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One of London’s most recognizable landmarks, Trafalgar Square is a 44 m (145 ft) high monument bearing the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, whose distinguished service during the Napoleonic Wars secured him a reputation as one of Britain’s most heroic historical figures. The square, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross, marks the center of the city. A number of commemorative statues and sculptures are located on the square, with one plinth (statue platform) left empty in order to host regular art exhibits. The square is used for political events and community gatherings, and most notably is the center of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Try to make a photo stop here while you're in town. Check online for special events. Put Trafalgar Square at the forefront of your travel plans using our London holiday planning site .
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  • I do enjoy visiting this area, it's nice to sit on the steps and enjoy the scenery. It's a shame it's never quiet enough that you could take a picture of the Lions on their own. There are always kids ...  more »
  • Beautiful majestic and eternally cheerful with lots of music by street artists. The Lions are reminiscent of the Venetian style
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  • Square very imposing and rich in details, perfect preview for the National Gallery, in particular for the statue of Nelson in the middle.
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  • Lively place in the middle of all hustle bustle. You can easily spend entire evening here with friends and family. Just walking distance from here you can get good food outlet options also. Getting public transport from here is also not a problem. There are lion statues here onto which if you can climb, you can click lovely pics..
  • Trafalgar Square is a great place to spend time during the long summer days. In addition to seeing great attractions directly on the square, including the world class National Gallery, the impressive National Portrait Gallery and historic St. Martins-in-the-fields Church, it is also well worth just lingering around the square to relax and enjoy your time. Do walk around to see some of the statues and structures at Trafalgar such as Nelson's Column and statue, the Equestrian statue of King Charles, other statues found on the four large plinths, in front of the National Gallery. the busts against the north side of the square and four huge lions around the base of Nelson's Column. There are two lovely fountain pools at Trafalgar Square. These are attractive during the day and night as well, when they are illuminated. In addition to visiting the attractions at Trafalgar Square, you can then proceed through the Admiralty Arch, along The Mall or through St. James Park towards Buckingham Palace. Or you can make your way east along The Strand to see likes of the Courthauld Gallery at Somerset House or the Temple Church grounds. Alternatively, you can watch or listen to a performance in pretty much any direction from Trafalgar Square as this is also in the theatre district of the city. In the end, there are so many good reasons to spend time in Trafalgar Square. We very much enjoy it here during the summer when its warm outside and the days are long. You can just set on the steps in front of the National Gallery and watch life go by on the square. It is great!
  • Trafalgar square has it's own sense of wonder. With the street performers there is something for everyone. Chalk art, singers, Yoda and even Pikachu! You could easily be kept entertained for hours. The fountains and monuments are gorgeous and make a beautiful backdrop on a sunny day. We were hoping to visit the museums whilst we were there but were unable due to having a small suitcase. Which is understandable and just means we have another reason for us to go back to visit again, not that one is needed!
  • Very beautiful public attractions place, love the festivals they have here , especially Diwali. Love seeing the enthusiasm in this place, is it as if entering this area just makes you happy. The traffic lights here have have men-men and women-women couples walking signs on them which I found really nice! There are busses and stations in good distance and many food options in this area as well. If you visit London do give it a look!
  • Lovely as per usual! Full of life! Great site for nice pictures. With the National Gallery at the back, it gives a great option to art lovers. The museum is free of charge and has marvellous pieces of art for anyone's delight. You can make a day out of this visit.
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