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Nelson's Column

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London, England
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Ranked as one of London's greatest landmarks, this 185-foot high monument...

Ranked as one of London's greatest landmarks, this 185-foot high monument (circa 1843) looks down on the busy streets, fountains and swirling traffic of Trafalgar Square.

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In the center of Trafalgar Square stands this famous monument. Completed in 1843, the column is 45 meters high with the statue of Nelson at 5.5 metres tall. Flanked by lions at... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always start your sightseeing tour from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square - it is the Centre of London.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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In the center of Trafalgar Square stands this famous monument. Completed in 1843, the column is 45 meters high with the statue of Nelson at 5.5 metres tall. Flanked by lions at the base it is a busy area with lots of tourist taking photographs.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting London, this is a must see location. The column and statue are truly enormous, you have to stand back a long way to attempt to get it all in a photo. It's one of those monuments where you puzzle as to just how it could have been built back in the days before modern machinery was... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of course one of the must visit points in London. Besides the column itself, you have the National Gallery and the Admiralty Arch on the right hand side. Also interesting buildings and places to eat or just have a cafe.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Weather your american European english oriental im pretty sure you know where im going Pop down and have a look Its an iconic statue

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Nelson keeps his eye on us from way up high atop of his column. Flanked by the king of the beasts at the bottom. The lions truly are exquisite. English architecture at its best

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Nelson has the best plinth anywhere, overlooking Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall to the Palace Of Westminster. So high you can't see much of him though. Landseer's lions complete the elegant memorial.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Dear old Nelson stands proud and tall in the middle of this iconic square. The lions at the base of the column stand proud guarding the Admiral.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

a must see London Tourist attraction - built in a time when the British did everything to the highest standard

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Really happy that the column base and lions are open for kids to climb over again. No-one should be allowed to stop them again as nelsons column is owned by all and kids have climbed it for over a hundred years

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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