Trafalgar Square

, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ
Trafalgar Square image

Address
, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ

Category
Landmarks

Region
Trafalgar Square

Nearest Station
Charing Cross (0.05 miles)

Website
https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/our-building-and-squares/trafalgar-square

Trafalgar Square was built in honour of Lord Nelson after his victory at the battle of Trafalgar where he was killed in the battle with Napoleon's army.
The square was built in the early nineteenth century to a design by the Prince Regents favourite architect, John Nash. The site had previously been a royal stable yard.

The most eye-catching sight in the square is Nelson's Column, the eighteen foot statue of Lord Nelson standing on top of the 171 foot column. Before the statue was installed, fourteen stone masons had dinner on top of the column! At the base of Nelson's column is a frieze made from a cannon captured during the conflict, and four bronze lions designed by Edwin Lanseer. The fountains in Trafalgar square were added in 1939 and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The National Gallery is situated on the north of the square. To the west is Canada house and to the East, South Africa house. To the South of Trafalgar Square is Grand buildings, built originally as the Grand Hotel. Dividing courtly London from Trafalgar Square is Admiralty Arch. This magnificent triple arched building was to be part of a procession route to honour Queen Victoria. Trafalgar Square is popular for rallies, public gatherings and is a popular location to celebrate New Years Eve.

Trafalgar Square Picture Gallery

Trafalgar Square Picture
Trafalgar Square Picture
Trafalgar Square in the sun
Trafalgar Square in the sun

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See the arty side of Trafalgar Square picture

See the arty side of Trafalgar Square

Check out the current fourth plinth
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