Trafalgar Square

A beautiful historic square in the heart of London and one of the city's top tourist attractions.

TravelCurious Tip

If you take the road called 'The Mall' from Trafalgar square, through Admiralty Arch and straight on you will reach Buckingham Palace. Whitehall road also adjoins the square, which is considered the centre of Her Majesty’s Government.

Trafalgar where?

Trafalgar Square is one of the most celebrated spots in London for its history and architectural beauty. Located in the centre of London near Charing Cross, this huge open space is one of the prettiest and most popular squares in town with loads to offer the curious tourist.

The location of the Square is of symbolic importance as it was once the location of the Royal Mews (grand stables), and it is named after the British victory in the 1805 naval battle off the Cape of Trafalgar. In the centre of the plaza is a huge Corinthian column dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was killed in the Battle’s victory, and topped with a statue of the man himself. It is surrounded by four lions made from the bronze cannons of the Spanish and French ships which were melted down after the battle.

To either side of Nelson’s Column are two large and beautiful fountains which replaced smaller ones in 1937. The square is surrounded by many impressive buildings. The National Gallery is located on the north side, with the National Portrait Gallery just a stone’s throw further in St. Martin’s Place; the Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Church is situated in the east corner, and the Square is also home to South Africa House and Canada House.

Heroic stature

The Square holds a number of other statues of important figures in British history, including four main plinths for the most important statues – those of King George IV, General Charles James Napier and Major-General Henry Havelock.

The ‘Fourth Plinth’ is special as it remained empty for over 100 years until 1988; today, it is a coveted pedestal that displays commissioned works for 18-month stints. Its current resident is Hans Haacke’s skeletal Gift Horse, a wry comment on austerity and City excess. A bustling site where Londons old and new collide, Trafalgar Square is a vital stop for any visitor.

Nearby Attractions

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National Gallery
One of the most famous art museums in the world, it houses work spanning from the middle ages to the modern era.
St Martin's-in-the-fields is a stunning Georgian church located off Trafalgar square.
Turner's The Fighting Temeraire
The National Gallery houses several of Turner's larger than life paintings of seascapes and storms.
Van Gogh's Sunflowers
One of the National Gallery's 30 Must See Paintings, Van Gogh's Sunflowers is only one of his numerous paintings on display.
Caravaggio's Salome Receives the Head of John the Baptist
Caravaggio's is known as one of the masters of chiaroscuro techniques to capture the emotion of his subjects.
Canaletto's A Regatta on the Grand Canal
Canaletto's numerous, highly detailed works are on display throughout the world, with several on display at The National Gallery.

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