Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded by lions, marks the spot considered the center of London.
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Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk
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  • Redsionnach
    Cork, Ireland882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to visit.
    Trafalgar Square is a wonderful place to visit, to have a coffee and take in the sights and sounds. The weather was lovely which helped a lot. Take note of the fourth plinth as it changes from time to time!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Centerpiece Gathering Spot for London
    One of the biggest, best and most important squares and gathering places in London. It is a MUST SEE location in the city. Located where London's retail and commerce sections meets London's governmental section is a tremendous open space with fountains and statues and dedicated to the tallest statue of Admiral Nelson and his most famous naval battle, Trafalgar. We had the opportunity to visit the Square multiple times and it is a centerpiece for London, once when visiting the governmental buildings of Westminster and again when we visitied The National Gallery which is located on the Square. One way or another you will more than likely visit but you need to make a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 May 2023
  • RAA
    Mumbai, India54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History in a SQUARE!
    Trafalgar Square stands true to its legacy and grandeur !! It amazes you with the grand statues and buildings around it.. every stone and brick has a story to tell !! Legacy history and heritage that’s what’s comes to my mind when I visited this place !
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Winston
    51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a stroll
    Great place all kinds of shops and food in area. Historical statues pretty busy with people hanging out or enjoying day. Good place to stop and get a beer or a bite. Close to Portrait Museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,604 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-do in London
    Trafalgar Square is a must-do in London. It is like NYC, where the city never sleeps. It is overwhelmingly the high-end shops in every big city, along with some good ethnic food and great sights.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • GertieGert
    London, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a Londoner I didn’t recognise this super-clean square!
    Oh dear, here I am a Londoner who hasn’t been up to Trafalgar Sq for years! Well, on retirement I decided to get out there and act like a tourist and I was SO impressed with this super-cleaned up area! Only three pigeons strolling around who a fellow “tourist” told me hadn’t got the memo as they allegedly send up a bird of prey at dawn to warn off the pigeons - if it’s true what a great idea! I don’t dislike wild life but they used to ruin Nelson’s Column and the fountains which now look pristine! I highly suggest a visit here - and to stroll around discovering little pockets of extra history too!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Madan Gopal M
    Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Square.
    We got down from hop on hop off bus at this point to explore and experience. This is an iconic public square with rich history and heritage. Located in the City of Westminster, this beautiful square attracts tourists and locals. As we went there during Christmas we could feel the vibrancy and all the activities. We could also see a beautiful Christmas tree donated by Norway which has been a traditional practice for decades. The Nelson's Column is another great attraction. A must visit to understand the history of centuries.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Statue of a great man and leader
    Trafalgar Square is a special site in the center of the city of London. We have visited this special site several times and explored this area. Among the outstanding thing from the English history is the tall statue of Horation Nelson. Nelson won an exceptional navy battle against France. His triumph has never been forgotten in England; he died during this battle. Nelson's statue is worth a trip to the busy Trafalgar Square. We loved. our trip here, the Trafalgar Square is marvelous for visitors and locals..
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
  • The_Concierge_8
    Trinidad and Tobago3,379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty Vitamin P! Tribute to Horatio Nelson is a very cool area with a nice entertaining, happy vibe! LOVED THE LIONS!
    Nothing truly prepares you for your first sight of Trafalgar square. Apart from the historic importance and tribute of the space, I've never seen so many imposing statues all together, especially those magnificent lions! There was music around us from street performers and it was a really cool vibe and lots of social activity. It's a great place to just stretch your legs and relax during sightseeing the city, have a packed lunch and a drink, listen to music and get some Vitamin P; that is people-watching.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
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The_Concierge_8
Trinidad and Tobago3,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nothing truly prepares you for your first sight of Trafalgar square.
Apart from the historic importance and tribute of the space, I've never seen so many imposing statues all together, especially those magnificent lions!
There was music around us from street performers and it was a really cool vibe and lots of social activity. It's a great place to just stretch your legs and relax during sightseeing the city, have a packed lunch and a drink, listen to music and get some Vitamin P; that is people-watching.
Written 10 April 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Trafalgar Square is a special site in the center of the city of London. We have visited this special site several times and explored this area. Among the outstanding thing from the English history is the tall statue of Horation Nelson. Nelson won an exceptional navy battle against France. His triumph has never been forgotten in England; he died during this battle. Nelson's statue is worth a trip to the busy Trafalgar Square. We loved. our trip here, the Trafalgar Square is marvelous for visitors and locals..
Written 29 March 2024
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Greg H
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The service with this hotel staff and customer service agents was horrible. I would not recommend them at all. We feel, that once they have been paid, they level of service and attentiveness drops tremendously.
Written 21 March 2024
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Elaine K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Good trip to Trafalgar Square on a Sunday for the Chinese new year celebrations.
Nice noodles aswell and good entertainment.
Written 29 February 2024
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Jason Fair
Bourton-on-the-Water, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A stunning square right in front of the National Gallery. It's a great historic place to sit and enjoy the area or walk around.
Written 20 February 2024
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pab
Peak District National Park, UK240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Have visited many times before but going to see the stage performers for the Chinese New Year was a memorable treat. So many people but all happy.
Written 11 February 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
You cannot afford not to go and see Nelson’s column if you are in London - it’s nothing overly special, but it is iconic. It’s one of those things to tick of your list.
Written 8 February 2024
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Historical plaza with (at least) two prominent statues
* Popular place for people to congregate
* In front of the amazing and incredible National Gallery

CONS
* It can be very crowded (with tourists) and very noisy (from tourists)

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… on my way to get the famous National Gallery (see my upcoming review). I watched the tourists and visitors and guests and took many photos of them, all of which are attached here to this publisher review.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free to stand here

WOULD “I VISIT THIS PLACE” AGAIN?
Sure- on my way to a repeat visit at the National Gallery

ADVICE
* Is important to visit this central plaza in central London
* Be due to then visit the phenomenal National Gallery

FULL DISCLOSURE
“I visited this place” with the specific purpose of taking many photos to post here, and that’s what I’ve done. If you find them “helpful please tik the thumbs up 👍
Written 7 February 2024
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Madan Gopal M
Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We got down from hop on hop off bus at this point to explore and experience. This is an iconic public square with rich history and heritage. Located in the City of Westminster, this beautiful square attracts tourists and locals. As we went there during Christmas we could feel the vibrancy and all the activities. We could also see a beautiful Christmas tree donated by Norway which has been a traditional practice for decades. The Nelson's Column is another great attraction. A must visit to understand the history of centuries.
Written 8 January 2024
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,880 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This iconic London landmark should be on your bucket list if you are visiting the city. You most certainly will see a variety of different people if you enjoy People Watching.
Written 19 December 2023
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