Trafalgar Square in Central London is a large public space built to commemorate Britain’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. Officially opened in 1844, the square is flanked by the National Portrait Gallery on its North side and contains a 145-feet statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson, also known as Nelson’s Column. Known for the flock of 35,000 pigeons which gathered there until they were removed in recent years, Trafalgar Square is an established part of London life. Not only is it the traditional meeting place to ring in the New Year, it is also the location of the capital’s famous Christmas tree, donated each year from Norway as a show of thanks for Britain’s assistance to King Olav during World War II. The square is also the city’s base for demonstrations and political protests, such as the Bloody Sunday march in 1887 right up to the vigil held for victims of the French terror attacks in November 2015.
The nearest tube station to Trafalgar Square is Charing Cross but Embankment and Leicester Square tubes are also very close by. The nearest mainline train station is Charing Cross Station. The square itself is free to enter and is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals alike, due to its central location, and its proximity to key London attractions like Buckingham Palace and the National Gallery.
Make sure you check out the Fourth Plinth during your visit to the Square - it’s used as a mount for a piece of contemporary art by Britain’s top artists and changes regularly.
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When planning your visit to London, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see in this vibrant capital city, including: The National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum and the Houses of Parliament. Why not see London from above from the London Eye or from the water with a boat trip up the River Thames?
If you’d like some more information about Trafalgar Square, please visit the Mayor of London’s website where you can discover information on the square’s history, its monuments and statues including Nelson’s column as well as the events that take place there.
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